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How long did it take you to get qualified as an accountant???

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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
I am nearly mid way through my degree in accountancy. I have 2 and a half years to go (doing it part time). I will be exempt from 9 exams through cima/acca so will only have to sit around 5/6 exams when I get my degree to get fully qualified. My lecturer at uni said it normally takes around another 3 years!!! I'm not sure whether to take a break from studying when I finish or go straight into professional exams. My work is already paying for my course and lets me go during work time so they will probably pay for all my exemptions and professional exams, etc (well they better)!

It feels like I will be studying forever! If it takes this long I will be nearly 30 by the time I am qualified!

So did anyone do it this way and if so how long did it take you to get fully qualified?
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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
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#1
by 21, BTEC then ACCA
#2
What is BTEC? That seems soooooooooooooo fast. Is my lecturer exagerating that it will take me 3 years to do 5/6 exams?
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michellerfc;5688905
What is BTEC? That seems soooooooooooooo fast. Is my lecturer exagerating that it will take me 3 years to do 5/6 exams?


I did BTEC National Diploma in Business and Finance from 16-18 and then 3 years of ACCA back in the olden days lol Has it changed now, seems very long the way you're doing it :?
#4
The degree is 3 years full time so 4 and a half part time. I think it's terribly long too but it's the only way I can do it while keeping my job and my house! So 3 years is about right then. Oh, damn, I'll be 29 when I get qualified and that's if I don't take a break to have children when I finish my degree. I think kids will have to wait, I think if I take a break I'll end up not going back to it or being ancient when I qualify. Thanks for the info.
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michellerfc;5689026
The degree is 3 years full time so 4 and a half part time. I think it's terribly long too but it's the only way I can do it while keeping my job and my house! So 3 years is about right then. Oh, damn, I'll be 29 when I get qualified and that's if I don't take a break to have children when I finish my degree. I think kids will have to wait, I think if I take a break I'll end up not going back to it or being ancient when I qualify. Thanks for the info.


no probs buy why did you feel the need to do a degree ?

ACCA wasn't full-time back when I did it in the 80's and I managed to work whilst doing it

Good luck hun, I do Project Managment now but my accountancy has always and will always kept me earning
#6
I'm doing ACA and I know for that you have to have had 450 days of auditing experience. Therefore factoring in about 10 days for each of your exams (6x10) I would assume it would take at least just over 2 years.

Plus it depends on the size of the firm that your work for - if you joined a Big 4 firm you would just join like normal, do the 3 years with all the other people who aren't exempt and simply get exemptions when everyone else is doing exams. At a smaller firm it would be a lot more flexible.
#7
My work offered to send me day release. I hadn't actually considered going straight into it. I didn't feel I had enough experience to go straight into professional exams. It keeps my options open anyway.......I might consider teaching but then again not as much money in that!
#8
My hubby says that if you only have 6 exams to do you can do up to 4 on each sitting. So you could do 3 each time every 6 months so only a year it could take xx

He did 11 exams in 2.5 years
#9
hi,
I'm in a similar boat, I have completed a degree in accounting but doing my research i have found that you need to complete the exams and have a least 3 years work experience.
It sounds like your current job is relevent experience so you only have the exams to go after you have finished.
Really wish i had gone straight from school into the work place and worked my way up, i would be much further up the ladder than i am now.
Good luck with it all and stick to it i'm sure it'll be worth it in the end, it just seems a long way off at the moment.
xx
#10
it will have taken me three and a half years and thats after uni

did a degree at edinburgh uni then travelled for a year and then started ICAI in accountancy
will be qualified january 2010 and ill be 27!

but thats chartered accountancy in northern ireland

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