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About FIA qualifications

Who is it suitable for?

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountant's (ACCA) Foundations in Accountancy (FIA) suite of awards will provide individuals who are looking for a solid foundation in finance and accounting with all the necessary technical skills and knowledge required to perform an accounting-support role.

Course structure

There are two options available in relation to Foundations in Accountancy (FIA):

  • you can complete all the exams in the FIA suite of examinations to become a Certified Accounting Technician (CAT); or 
  • you can complete stand alone certificates and diplomas (see below).

Entry Requirements

No prior qualifications required

Examinations, cost and duration

In order to qualify as a Certified Accounting Technician:

  • Exams - you will need to complete 9 exams
  • Duration - it will take 6 months
  • Cost - £5,550 plus exam fees.

There is also the option to undertake exams as stand alone qualifications.

  • Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting:
    • Exams - 2 computer based exams, 2 hours per exam
    • Duration - 12 night classes
    • Cost - £900 (including exam fees)
  • Intermediate Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting
    • Exams -2 computer based exams, 2 hours per exam
    • Duration - 3 - 6 months (studied for at the same as the Diploma in Accounting and Business qualification)
    • Cost - Included in cost of Diploma in Accounting and Business as studied for at the same time (plus £158 exam fees)
  • Diploma in Accounting and Business
    • Exams - 3 computer based exams, 2 hours per exam
      Duration - Three months 
    • Cost - £2287 (including exam fees)

To obtain the full CAT qualification students will need to pass the above awards plus complete 2 options from:

  • FTX Foundations in Taxation 2hr paper based examination 
  • FFM Foundations in Financial Management 2hr paper based examination 
  • FAU Foundations in Audit 2hr paper based examination

The 3 Option papers are also available as stand-alone Certificates.

Foundations in Professionalism

This free online module must be completed once to be awarded any of the above qualifications

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  • OneStudy Kaplan FIA tuition

    We are an FIA Platinum provider, this is the highest award given be FIA. Our Tutors are all Platinum FIA tutors. Our pass rates are outstanding.

    Classes and Materials

    The class sizes will be limited to 20 to ensure that the learning experience is less intimidating and a more mentoring approach to learning takes place.

    We work with Kaplan for our course notes and they encompass:

    1. Course Workbooks/textbooks 
    2. A6 pocket notes 
    3. Three mock exams 
    4. Revision course  
    5. Question bank

  • Exams

    All levels of FIA are stand-alone qualifications. FIA students do not need to complete CAT options.

    Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting - Equivalent to GCSE

    Qualify in as little as 12 evenings!

    • FA1 - Recording Financial Transactions
    • MA1 - Management Information

    Intermediate Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting - Equivalent to A level

    • FA2 - Maintaining Financial Records
    • MA2 - Managing Costs and Finance

    Diploma in Accounting and Business - A prestigious qualification can be gained in between 3-6 months.

    • F1/FAB - Accountant in Business
    • F2/FMA - Management Accounting
    • F3/FFA - Financial Accounting

    Certified Accounting Technician

    To become a Certified Accounting Technician, you will need to complete all the above exams plus two of three options below:

    • Foundations in Taxation
    • Foundations in Audit
    • Foundations in Financial Management

    FIA registration

    You will need to be FIA registered in order to sit exams. To apply for FIA registration, please visit