This is an introductory
accounting technician qualification. Although CAT can be obtained as a
standalone qualification, it is often the case that individuals study for CAT
as an introduction to accountancy prior to starting the Professional Scheme.
Alternatives to the CAT qualification include the Association of Accounting
Technicians qualification. ACCA was a sponsor of the AAT before breaking its
links in favour of the CAT qualification in the mid 1990s.
Currently, the Certified Accounting Technician qualification (CAT) has been
placed on the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) National
Qualifications Framework and publicly funded educational institutions are now
eligible for funding to train towards the qualification in United Kingdom.
(Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
The Association of Chartered
Certified Accountants (ACCA) is a British chartered accountancy body with a
global presence that offers the Chartered Certified Accountant (Designatory
letters ACCA or FCCA) qualification worldwide. It is the world's largest and
fastest-growing international accountancy body with 110,000 members and
260,000 affiliates and students in 170 countries. The Institute's
headquarters are in London with the principal administrative office being
based in Glasgow. In addition the ACCA has a network of over 70 staffed
offices and other centres around the world.
The ACCA is a founding member body of the Consultative Committee of
Accountancy Bodies (CCAB) and the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC).
The term Chartered in ACCA qualification refers to the Royal Charter granted
by Her Majesty the Queen in the United Kingdom.
Since Chartered Certified Accountant is a legally protected term, individuals
who describe themselves as Chartered Certified Accountants must be the member
of the ACCA and, if they carry out public practice engagements, must comply
with additional regulations such as holding a practicing certificate, being
insured against any possible liability claims and submitting to inspections.
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