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  1. Hi

    I live in the Uk and has been working as an Account Assistant for the last 4 years. I have a Diploma in Business Admnistration with specialisation in Banking & finance and a Bachelor in Business Studies. I am also part ACCA qualified that is i have been granted fully level 1 expemtion. However i want to move to canada and will put my application beginning of June. I'll go though Quebec route as it is more easy since i speak French. I also intend to continue my ACCA and will be taking 2 papers in level 2 in December. However i would like to know if i don't finish my ACCA in uk by the time i receive all my paperwork assuming it will be 2013, can i still complete it in Canada, is there any facility of studying ACCA there. Or will i be granted expemption in CGA and then swith to CGA and complete it in Canada. I know both got an agreement but not sure how the expemtion works.
    I would appreciate if someone who got the knowledge can help. I need to take the decision of whether to go for the ACCA in uk or not or wait until i go to Canada and do the CGA there.

  2. You have to make a call and you will get reply to your query in a well manner .Here you go friend

    What is an exemption?

    If you already have some qualifications you may not have to take all of the exams in the ACCA Qualification or Foundations in Accountancy awards. These are called exemptions and mean that you will start your studies at the right level for your knowledge and skill. You can also claim exemptions on the basis of practical experience if you wish to complete the Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) Qualification.

    You will need to pay an exemption fee for each paper awarded. Exemption fees are the same as exam fees.

    Exemptions are an award of merit and ACCA reserves the right to change its exemption policy or the level of exemption awarded to accredited programmes at its discretion.
    Why does ACCA award exemptions?

    There are several routes to ACCA membership and many students undertake prior learning which is equivalent to some ACCA papers. Where appropriate, ACCA wishes to ensure that students' entry points match the knowledge and skills they have acquired from their previous qualifications. In doing so, we aim to provide students with the quickest possible route to membership.
    What types of qualification does ACCA award exemptions to?

    We award exemption to qualifications offered by educational institutions worldwide. Some examples are:

    * certificates and diplomas (awarded by recognised institutions)
    * Foundation degrees
    * Bachelor degrees
    * postgraduate qualifications
    * professional qualifications.

    What exemptions are available?

    A maximum of nine papers at the Fundamentals level of the ACCA Qualification can be awarded. To preserve the integrity and rigour of the ACCA Qualification and to ensure that all students share a common experience, we do not award any exemptions at the Professional level.

    Exemption from all three levels of the Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) Qualification can be considered, depending on the standard and equivalence of the qualification held.

    Exemptions are also available for the Foundations in Accountancy suite of awards.

    No exemptions are awarded from any of the papers of modules examined within ACCA's suite of post-professional qualifications.

    Please take a look at the exemption enquiry database to find out which exemptions you could claim.
    How can I find out what exemptions I'm entitled to?

    Our exemption enquiry database details all exemptions that may be available on the basis of qualifications held by students. This includes exemptions awarded to accredited programmes and exemptions awarded using our exemption framework.

    We have produced a user guide to the exemption enquiry database, which provides a short step-by-step guide to checking what exemptions you may be eligible to claim.

    If you require any further assistance in determining your exemptions, please contact ACCA Connect who will be able to assist you.
    When can I apply for exemptions?

    You should apply for exemptions when you first register as a student with ACCA.

    If you have gained additional qualifications since you first registered as a student and believe you may be eligible for further exemptions, you can apply for these at any time. However, please be aware of the exemption closing dates of 31 January for the June exams and 31 July for the December exams . You can send copies of your educational documents by post or fax, or email a scanned copy of these documents to ACCA at students@accaglobal.com

    Please be aware that you should wait until your exemptions have been confirmed as awarded before committing to any course of study. ACCA will not be held liable for any fees incurred for changes to tuition or study materials where the award of exemptions has not been confirmed in advance.
    What documents do I need to submit with my application for exemptions?

    * You must send official proof of any qualifications you already have or are studying for along with your registration form so that we can assess if you are eligible for exemptions. Please submit copies of academic transcripts or award certificates as evidence.
    * Only copies of official documentation, signed and stamped by the awarding body can be accepted. This includes online print outs of academic transcripts.
    * Any documentation which is not in English must be officially translated before submission. Official translations must be stamped and signed by the translator.

    Please ensure that original documents are not submitted with your application, as ACCA cannot take responsibility for the return of irreplaceable documents. You can email a scanned copy of your documents to ACCA at students@accaglobal.com

    Why did I not receive the exemptions I expected?

    Our assessment of students' qualifications takes into account a number of variables, which may cause students with similar qualifications to be awarded differing levels of exemption. These variables include:

    * the institution or campus where studies were undertaken
    * the type of qualification that was awarded
    * the programme of study undertaken
    * the subject major stated on the completion certificate, transcript or other documents
    * the modules studied during the course of the qualification
    * the year studies were commenced or completed
    * the date students registered with or claimed exemption from ACCA.

    To find out what exemptions are available for the qualifications that you hold, please consult ACCA's exemption enquiry database in the first instance.
    Why will you not accept my online Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) results?

    Confirmation of qualifications downloaded from the internet cannot be accepted. Only copies of official documentation issued by the awarding body can be accepted.

    AAT UK provides a results service for ACCA. Should you wish your results to be included please contact AAT UK (please see the Related links box in the top left-hand corner of this page).
    When/how can I pay for my exemptions?

    When your exemptions have been awarded, you will be issued with an exemption notification, and an invoice, and the relevant section will be updated in myACCA. Please pay for your exemptions as soon as you have received the invoice.

    The easiest method of making a payment is online by credit or debit card through myACCA.

    You can also send payment to our office by the following methods:

    * Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Switch and Solo
    * sterling cheque valid in the UK
    * sterling bank drafts drawn on a UK bank crossed British Postal Orders.

    Why do I have to pay for exemptions?

    Students are charged a one-off fee for each exemption awarded to cover administration costs.
    How much do I need to pay for exemptions?

    The current exemption fees can be found at:

    * ACCA Qualification page
    * Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) Qualification page
    * Foundations in Accountancy page

    (Please click on a link in the Related links box in the top left-hand corner of this page).
    How will I know if my exemption application has been approved?

    You will be able to view your exemption status via myACCA and you will also be sent an exemption notification.
    Do I have to accept all exemptions I'm entitled to?

    It's up to you to decide if you wish to claim the exemptions you are awarded. You may wish to consider forfeiting exemptions, for instance, if a significant period of time has passed since you gained your previous qualifications, and you have not undertaken any further activity related to your studies in the intervening time.

    It is advisable to consult the syllabus and study guides for each ACCA paper that you are eligible to receive exemption from and consider whether you are entirely comfortable with the topics covered before accepting exemption.

    If you do accept the exemptions, you may wish to consider whether you need to undertake any additional study or preparation to ensure you are ready to begin the higher-level papers.

    If you intend to complete the BSc degree in Applied Accounting, please be aware that Oxford Brookes University gives credit for exemptions awarded to ACCA students for any of the Fundamental level Papers F1 to F6, but a student must sit and pass the ACCA Fundamentals Papers F7, F8 and F9 to be eligible for the BSc degree. Oxford Brookes is not able to give credit for exemptions based on qualifications gained more than 10 years ago.
    Why can I not find my institution on the exemption enquiry database?

    ACCA can only award exemption on the basis of qualifications awarded by recognised institutions (i.e those which are recognised by the local Ministry of Education as public sector institutions or the equivalent status under their regulations.)

    If your institution is not listed on the exemption enquiry database, ACCA will check the status of your institution with our external references on receipt of your educational documents.

    Please also be aware that we list qualifications under the awarding body, not the study centre. If you have taken a qualification which is awarded by an establishment other than the one where you studied, please ensure you have checked the database for the awarding establishment.
    What is an assessed programme?

    Assessed programmes are educational programmes that have been fully assessed by ACCA. We evaluate the programme’s regulations, syllabus and assessments. Assessed programmes are displayed in the top half of the exemption enquiry database screens.
    How does ACCA decide on the level of exemption awarded for assessed programmes?

    We review the programme regulations for each assessed programme and conduct a comparison of the syllabus content and assessment methods with ACCA papers. We follow a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure consistency in our assessments.

    Only when we are satisfied that the knowledge and skills to be gained from a qualification are closely matched to ours will exemption accreditation be confirmed to the institution.
    Why is my qualification not assessed for my graduate year? Can I still claim the exemptions?

    If you graduated before the first assessment dates shown for your accredited programme on the exemption enquiry database, this means that your qualification was not assessed at the time of your graduation. You will not be able to claim the full level of exemption shown for the accredited programme but may still be eligible for some exemptions using ACCA's exemption framework.

    If the assessment dates on the exemption enquiry database finish before your graduation date, your institution has not provided ACCA with up-to-date information about the programme or has informed us that the programme is no longer running in the same format. Please check whether your programme has been accredited under a different programme title, or check with your course leader.
    My qualification has been assessed but the modules I have taken do not match the ones shown on the exemption enquiry database - will I still receive the exemptions?

    If the modules you have taken are not those which have been assessed as part of the programme accreditation as shown on the exemption enquiry database, you will not be able to claim the exemptions.

    If you have taken the modules which form part of the exemption accreditation but the titles or reference codes of these modules differ from those shown on the exemption enquiry database, ACCA's Accreditation team will need to check that these changes are valid with the awarding institution. If you are aware of any discrepancies between the information shown on ACCA's exemption enquiry database and the delivery of your assessed programme, please ask your course leader to contact ACCA in order for this information to be updated.

    Please be aware that if you have studied part-time over a longer duration than is normal for your course of study or you have taken a sandwich or gap year, the modules you have studied may be spread across a range of graduate dates. Please check all assessment dates between the start and end of your studies if this is the case.
    Why has my qualification not been assessed?

    If your educational establishment or awarding body has not provided ACCA with the opportunity to fully assess their qualification, it will not be listed as an assessed programme.

    If you are currently studying towards a qualification which has not been assessed and believe that programme accreditation may yield further exemptions, please ask your course leader to visit the Learning Providers section of the ACCA website to find out more about exemption accreditation. Please be aware that ACCA can only work directly with the awarding institution, and will not accept programme details submitted by students on behalf of their institution.

    If your programme of study is assessed by ACCA in future, please be aware that any additional exemptions gained through the accreditation process will not be awarded to you retrospectively as the assessment will not relate to your graduate year.
    If my qualification has not been assessed, will I still be able to claim exemptions?

    ACCA uses its exemption framework to apply an appropriate level of exemption to specific qualification types that have not been assessed. For example, a student who has completed a programme which has not been assessed by ACCA may be awarded up to a maximum of the first four papers of the ACCA Qualification.

    To find out what exemptions are available for the qualifications that you hold, please consult ACCA's exemption enquiry database in the first instance.
    How does ACCA assess qualifications awarded nationally in all countries?

    ACCA uses information provided by an independent equivalency agency to determine the academic level of qualifications awarded nationally in all countries. This equivalency information is used to benchmark international qualifications against our qualifications and assign an appropriate maximum level of exemption.

    A number of relevant subject areas have been defined, and a set level of exemption assigned to each subject area depending on its equivalence.
    ACCA has undertaken extensive research to categorise the most common qualification subject titles within these subject areas. Indicative lists of subject titles within each subject area can be accessed from the exemption enquiry database.

    Information on exemptions awarded to national qualifications can be accessed by clicking on the link to the ACCA Qualification, Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) Qualification or Foundations in Accountancy awards in the lower half of the exemption enquiry database screen.
    Why is my qualification not displayed as a national qualification on the exemption enquiry database?

    The exemption enquiry database only displays qualifications of a level suitable to receive exemptions. If your qualification is awarded nationally and does not appear on the database, please check the minimum entry requirements document linked at the bottom of the screen to check whether your qualification meets our minimum entry requirements.

    If your qualification does not appear as a national qualification on the exemption enquiry database, it may not be awarded nationally - please check with your course leader or local Ministry of Education (or equivalent) for confirmation. If the qualification is not awarded nationally and has not been assessed by ACCA, no exemptions will be available.
    My programme is not assessed but I have taken some of the same modules as students who took an assessed programme at my institution. Can I claim the same exemptions?

    ACCA calls the individual modules which have been assessed as part of a full programme accreditation ”accredited modules”. If you have taken one or more of these modules or module combinations as part of a programme which has not been assessed, you will be eligible to receive the appropriate exemptions.

    Accredited modules can be checked on the exemption enquiry database by following the national qualifications path through the database and entering your graduate year at the end of the process.
    Do I need to have achieved a specified mark in my individual modules to claim individual paper exemptions?

    ACCA recognises the module pass marks set by educational institutions for the purposes of exemptions. If your institution has awarded a pass mark for a module, ACCA will accept this for exemption purposes.

    However, please note that fail or marginal fail marks and compensated or condoned passes awarded by educational institutions cannot be accepted for exemption purposes.
    I have been awarded credit by my institution for some of the modules specified for exemption on the exemption enquiry database. Can I claim the exemptions?

    ACCA only awards exemption where students have sat and passed the specific modules detailed, as part of an assessed programme. If you have been awarded credit or exemption from your awarding institution for some or all of the modules specified on the exemption enquiry database, the exemption may not be awarded.
    My qualification is not assessed and is not listed as a national qualification - am I eligible for any exemptions?

    If your qualification has not been assessed and does not appear on the list of national qualifications for the country where you studied, no exemptions will be awarded. If you wish to study the ACCA Qualification, please check the minimum entry requirements document linked at the bottom of the exemption enquiry database screen to check whether your qualification meets ACCA's minimum entry requirements.
    I have not completed my degree - can I apply for exemptions?

    If you still intend to complete your qualification it is best to wait until you have done so before claiming exemptions. This is in order to ensure that you are able to enter for the most appropriate ACCA exams with no duplication of your studies.

    If you have part-completed a qualification, you may still be able to claim some exemptions depending on the level of the qualification and how much of the qualification you have completed.
    I have not completed my degree - can I apply for registration?

    Yes, please confirm your expected date of graduation on your application and submit your transcript confirming the modules you have completed.
    I registered with ACCA under a previous syllabus and received different exemptions to those now shown for my qualification on the exemption enquiry database. Can my exemptions be re-assessed?

    Qualifications which were submitted for assessment at the time of your initial registration with ACCA will not be re-assessed to take advantage of any changes in exemption policy. If you have gained any additional qualifications which have not previously been submitted to ACCA for exemption assessment, these will be assessed using the current policy in place.
    If I want to work in audit, can I apply for exemptions and subsequently apply for an ACCA practising certificate and audit qualification for the UK?

    Students who are eligible to receive exemption from all nine papers at the Fundamentals level must complete the remaining Professional level papers within five years of registration and must also pass optional paper P7 (Advanced Audit & Assurance).

    Students who are eligible to receive exemption from any or all of the nine papers at the Fundamentals level on the basis of qualifications gained more than five years previously must forfeit these exemptions and sit the corresponding ACCA examinations.
    If I disagree with the exemptions awarded to me, what can I do?

    Please check ACCA's exemption enquiry database in the first instance. If the exemptions awarded to you match those stated on the database, this is the maximum exemption available to you.

    If you have not received all of the exemptions stated on the database for your qualification, please ensure that you have submitted all of your relevant educational documents.

    If your exemption award differs from that stated on the database and you have submitted all of the required supporting documentation, please contact ACCA Connect (please see the Related links box in the top left-hand corner of this page) - our customer services centre - who will be able to assist you.
  3. Hi Naf,

    You can continue ACCA in Canada. You can do self study and take the exam at one of the official sites (see accaglobal.com for more info). The only ACCA tuition centre I have heard of in Canada is in Toronto (London School of Business and Finance LSBF).

    You can finish ACCA and once you become a member, you can apply for CGA under the Mutual Recognition Agreement, or you can apply to CGA and switch now. I am an ACCA and I did the MRA for CGA recently because when I was applying for jobs in Canada, I realised that the employers do not acknowledge ACCA. Since you are in the early papers I would suggest switching to CGA as soon as you arrive in Canada. Get in contact with CGA to see about any exemptions that may be available based on the ACCA papers you would have already completed.

  4. Hi

    Thanks for the reply. This means if by the time i get the PR and i have reached finish level 2 ACCA, i can contact CGA and see the exemption they are willing to give me and either switch and do final papers for CGA or finish ACCA and switch for CGA. Is the Job market for for accounting good in Canada , the job prospects?

  5. Don't forget you need to have a recognized university degree to become a CGA.

    Job market is decent for those with at least 2 or more years of Canadian work experience, but not good for entry-level or those with no Canadian experience.....that's why accountants have been removed from the skills in-demand list.
  6. That is true about the canadian work experience so be prepared to work in an entry level job to begin with. I am going through the Quebec route so the in-demand list is different. The only issue with working as an accoutant there is that you would have to pass a french proficiency exam to be admitted to CGA Quebec which should be easy for you as you said you speak french.
  7. Hi ready4canada

    Thanks for replying. Have you already applied through Quebec, how is the process going.. since you said you are in accounting field, how you find canada as a future location for accounting people like us. I know when i'll land i'll have to take bottom line job as i have experienced the same in Uk this is not a problem . I do have my degree from a recognise university in UK. This will help since i might not finish all my ACCA papers, i can work and gain more experience in he mean time.

  8. Hi Naf. I have gotten my CSQ and now in the process of the federal application. It's going ok. As for job prospects, I have been on the Emploi Quebec website and submitted several job application. I can see that the employers are looking for accountants / auditors but once they contact me and find out I'm not in Canada (entry level) and have no canadian experience (supervisor level), they lose interest. I strongly feel that once I arrive, finding an entry level job will not be a problem.

    I also have a UK BSc but from my experience with these employers, they are not interested in this either, that's why I suggest pursuing a route to CGA.

  9. Hi... does it mean that we must continue with ACCA and then switch to CGA when we are in Canada? Is it easily possible what about exemptions? I mean if we have cleared 7 ACCA papers out of 14, how much remaining exams we shall have to take for CGA? Please give us any contact email/website where we can get such information easily...

    Thank... AAJ
  10. Hi Aaj,
    I have no idea of exemptions but when you finish ACCA and become a full member, you can gain CGA without taking further exams. The websites are http://www.cga-canada.org for CGA and http://www.accaglobal.com/ for ACCA.

    CGA admission differs from province to province so you will have to check based on where you intend to live. I hope this helps...

  11. Hi ready4canada,

    I am also an ACCA student and would be going to Canada. What I will like to know is, what are the processes and the procedures for switching from ACCA to CGA? do you have any idea?
    You also said you did MRA for CGA recently because when you were applying for jobs in Canada, you realised that the employers do not acknowledge ACCA., What does MRA means?
    Thanks and waiting for your kind response. I will really appreciate it.

  12. Hi Raja045

    The MRA is a mutual recognition agreement between ACCA and CGA. Follow the below link for a further explanation and requirments.


    Note that it's for members and not students i.e. you must have already finished ACCA and become a full member before applying. If you are soon finishing ACCA, this may be the route for you but if you have just started, contact CGA and see how you can apply to do that course and if you may be eligible for any exemptions. As xtc2011 says, you have to have a university degree for admission into CGA.

  13. Hi! Did anyone here pass through Quebec stage having ACCA membership?
    I am an ACCA member and I know about reciprocal agreement between ACCA and CGA. I'm going to apply for Quebec programme and the priority list of professions requires equivalence of education to the one got in Quebec. What do I need to file with my application? Is copy of my ACCA membership certificate + CGA's ACCA recognition printouts + Quebec orden requirements are enough? Or I need to pass some specific evaluation?
  14. Dear

    I am also an ACCA member & applying 4 Qbk Immig, need ur urgent guidance

    In Immig process doez an ACCA/CGA member need to get the practice Certificate 4m CGA-Quebec????? ???

    Thanks & reg

    Waiting Waiting Waiting Waiting Waiting Waiting
  15. hello there,

    I am also having many difficulies with ACCA to be recognised in Quebec as Quebec seems to have different rules and did not adhere to the rule of MRA.
    As I want to live in Quebec due to Family reasons, I think that I have to go through the Oxford Brooks Bsc Hons to be able to enter CGA there.
    Is anyone having same difficulties, please contact.


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