Career progression

AIA Professional Qualification: Accountancy

Studying to become an Accountant

To work as an accountant you should undertake a professional qualification. The AIA's professional qualification is split into three levels. On completion of each level a qualification is awarded, allowing students to gain qualifications as they progress towards becoming a qualified accountant. 

Our qualifications are delivered globally through approved study providers, or through AIA Achieve, our interactive distance learning study programme, enabling you to learn in a way that suits your lifestyle.

This qualification is examinable up to May 2021. 

Entry Requirements

You can start your journey with AIA if you have a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent.
If you have a degree or other professional qualifications you may be eligible for exemptions from some papers making it quicker and easier to become a qualified accountant with AIA.


Foundation Level
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Professional Level 1
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Professional Level 2
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Application fee - £135

Exam/exemption fees - £120 per paper

*The application fee includes an administration fee and your first year’s annual subscription fee of £75. Students in Hong Kong are also required to pay a £20 Branch subscription fee. The figures are based on successful completion at first attempt; this price does not include the fee for any resits required.

Study costs

Your study provider will be able to provide you with costs of study courses, or you can find out more about AIA Achieve and our study materials here.

Am I eligible?

If you have completed the AIA Diploma in Accountancy or an equivalent qualification in accountancy you may be eligible for this qualification. You can find out more information about our entry requirements and exemptions.

  • Develop your skills and knowledge
  • Qualification for career advancement
  • Show strong business acumen
  • More career opportunities
  • Practical understanding of accounting techniques