The Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) UK qualification is offered by theAssociation of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Upon completion of the exams and required practical work experience the CAT graduate will be able to apply to use the letters CAT after his or her name. In addition, they will have the opportunity to join the CAT alumni.

Although CAT can be obtained as a stand-alone qualification, it is often the case that individuals study for CAT as an introductionary qualification in accountancy prior to training to become a Chartered Certified Accountant through the ACCA Professional Scheme. It usually takes one and a half years to complete the nine CAT exams. However, there is no restriction on the number of papers that can be attempted in each sitting.

Under a recent re-structure of its courses, the ACCA has placed the CAT as part of the Foundations in Accountancy suit of qualifications.[1]

The Foundation in Accountancy (FiA) qualifications are suitable for you if you’re just starting out in finance. Or, if you work in finance but have no professional qualification to show for your experience yet.

WHAT KIND OF WORK CAN I DO WITH THIS QUALIFICATION?

You could work in a variety of accounts-support roles including:

  • a junior accounts clerk/junior bookkeeper role in an small or medium-sized enterprise
  • a range of junior accounting administration roles within an accounting department of a larger organisation or financial shared service centre.

WHAT’S INVOLVED?

Our Foundation level contains two certificates and a diploma that you can achieve along the way to transferring onto the ACCA Qualification. This will help keep you motivated and mark your progress.

You will also need to complete a professionalism and ethics module called Foundations in Professionalism before you can be awarded any of the Foundation-level qualifications.

For full details of the qualifications and exam papers visit the ‘Course details’ tab.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO COMPLETE?

From taking your first exam within the introductory certificate up to the higher level papers could be completed in one year. However, it’s up to you how quickly you want to progress as there is no time limit. Why not check out our Student Planner App to help you schedule your journey to membership?

After you complete the Diploma in Accounting and Business you can transfer onto the ACCA Qualification. You can claim exemption from the first three exams (F1, F2 and F3), because you will have already passed them at the diploma level.  You can then continue your journey with us on the ACCA Qualification.

CAN I SKIP SOME PAPERS IF I HAVE RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS?

Yes. Please visit our exemptions enquiry page to check what exemptions you may claim based on your previous qualifications.