Accounting is a necessary component of every business, as such, accounting graduates have career opportunities across all industries. If you're thinking about taking an accounting course, you should be aware of the many types of accounting courses available as well as the pathways you can pursue to get into the field. Did you know your qualification as a chartered accountant depends on whether you choose to the professional papers route or the degree route? Read on to learn more as this page examines the many types of accounting courses offered as well as the options accessible to students interested in accounting.

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ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global professional body for professional accountants. We’re a thriving global community of 233,000 members and 536,000 future members based in 178 countries and regions, who work across a wide range of sectors and industries. We uphold the highest professional and ethical values.

We offer everyone everywhere the opportunity to experience a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. Our qualifications and learning opportunities develop strategic business leaders, forward-thinking professionals with the financial, business and digital expertise essential for the creation of sustainable organisations and flourishing societies.

Since 1904, being a force for public good has been embedded in our purpose. In December 2020, we made commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals which we are measuring and will report on in our annual integrated report. We believe that accountancy is a cornerstone profession of society and is vital in helping economies, organisations and individuals to grow and prosper. It does this by creating robust trusted financial and business management, combating corruption, ensuring organisations are managed ethically, driving sustainability, and providing rewarding career opportunities.

Are you a stickler for the rules? Someone who always finished and handed in his homework on time. Are you an honest person who believes that ‘honesty is the best policy’? Are you the one always good with numbers and calculations, when everyone else wanted to borrow your maths homework in school, but you being the honest person that you were, said no? Do you want to be considered successful and professional by friends and family? Well, if this does sound like you, then read on as we meticulously introduce you to your pathway to study Accounting in Malaysia. Accounting is the heart that continually pumps blood through the bodies of organisations, regulating the money that flows in and out, and just how much of it does. An Accountant can work at smaller companies, as well as large multinational companies, including the ‘Big 4’. Self-employment is also an option, as the demand for accountants both nationally and internationally continues to rise. Basically, you handle money and lots of it.

The CIMA certification integrates accounting, finance, and management with the business skills and practises needed to offer significant value to any company. Supplementing your academics with an apprenticeship may be challenging to balance, but the practical experience will help you get a head start on your career.

CIMA's focus on management accounts limits your career options compared to ACA or ACCA, but it's ideal for people looking to work in commercial finance, offering insight and contributing to corporate strategy.

Studying ICAEW in Malaysia involves the process of keeping track of financial accounts, ensuring the flow of money and handling all money matters.

ICAEW Chartered Accountants work at the highest levels of business across all economic sectors. They hold positions within the finance departments of companies and not-for-profits all over the world. They work in accountancy firms, large and small, offering vital services to individuals and business clients.

If you are based in Malaysia you can qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. Many students start their journey by studying the ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (ICAEW CFAB), before going on to complete the ACA qualification.

The pathway to obtaining the ACA qualification is both multi-levelled and flexible where students can choose to begin straight after their SPM studies or first obtain a diploma or Undergraduate degree.

For example, after SPM, students will first study for their ICAEW CFAB before pursuing a ICAEW-ACA Professional Level certificate and then a ICAEW-ACA Advanced Level certificate. If they chose to first obtain their diploma or Bachelor of Accountancy, they can then just study for their ICAEW-ACA Professional Level certificate followed by their ICAEW-ACA Advanced Level certificate.

Accounting graduates may pursue the MICPA-CAANZ Curriculum, which is a leading professional accounting programme. Upon completion, students will be certified as a Malaysian CPA and an Australian and New Zealand Chartered Accountant (CA).

The MICPA Program includes two (2) levels of examinations: the Professional Stage Examination (PSE) and the Advanced Stage Examination (ASE).

MICPA has always been and continues to be a globally recognised credential. The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), of which MICPA is a founding member, is a well-respected and worldwide recognised professional accounting group.

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