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    If they ask you what you want to be in 5 years, don't say a chartered accountant. Say a 'qualified' accountant.

    Reason being I said I wanted to be a chartered accountant, and the interviewer said 'Definitely chartered? Not certified or [something else]'. I said yes definitely chartered.

    What I didn't realise was 'Chartered' refers to the ACA qualification, Certified refers to the ACCA qualification etc. I thought a certified accountant would be a lower standard than a chartered accountant. I thought any accountant who had passed the exams (ACA, ACCA, CIMA etc) was chartered.

    Anyone shed some light?
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    (Original post by Runninground)
    If they ask you what you want to be in 5 years, don't say a chartered accountant. Say a 'qualified' accountant.

    Reason being I said I wanted to be a chartered accountant, and the interviewer said 'Definitely chartered? Not certified or [something else]'. I said yes definitely chartered.

    What I didn't realise was 'Chartered' refers to the ACA qualification, Certified refers to the ACCA qualification etc. I thought a certified accountant would be a lower standard than a chartered accountant. I thought any accountant who had passed the exams (ACA, ACCA, CIMA etc) was chartered.

    Anyone shed some light?
    Doesn't ACCA stand for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants? I would have though you could comfortable use the word chartered when referring to either qualification personally, but I might be wrong.
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    Doesn't ACCA stand for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants? I would have though you could comfortable use the word chartered when referring to either qualification personally, but I might be wrong.
    Yeah, and CIMA stands for 'Chartered Institute of Management Accountants' or something. I was using 'Chartered' to mean having a professional qualification, but apparently each qualification has a specific title :confused::confused:
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    From my experience generally when people say chartered they do mean ACA and they usually refer to the others by their name I.e ACCA CIMA or management accountant etc

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