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A globally recognised qualification
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The global qualification for business-minded people

The ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (ICAEW CFAB) is the practical business qualification for those interested in or working in business.

Internationally recognised and respected by employers around the world, the course content makes it ideal for any business-minded people.

Whether you’re starting out on your career, setting up your own business or simply looking to develop your skills, ICAEW CFAB will support you every step of the way.

Over six modules, you can learn about business, technology and finance, management information, law, assurance, and the principles of tax and accounting – all practical areas of study that will help you achieve your goals.

As you complete each module, you will receive a certificate of achievement.

Unlike other courses, you don’t have to follow an academic year. You can sign up and study for ICAEW CFAB at any time. You can do this in a classroom, online or by yourself at home.

If you are currently working or doing other courses, that is absolutely fine. Ultimately you can go at your own pace and complete the modules in your own time

At a glance

Achieving your goals

Since its launch, more than 8,000 people around the world have signed up for ICAEW CFAB. Their reason for doing so is different from one person to the next.

Some already work in business and want to develop their skills.

Others are starting out on their careers, and are keen to build their knowledge about finance, accounting and business.


So you could have just left school or university. You may be an experienced business or finance professional, or you could be doing a completely unconnected job.

We have students who are setting up their own business or simply looking to change careers, while others use a career break as an opportunity to develop a new set of skills.

Equally you could be a small business owner or entrepreneur. No matter what stage you are at in your professional life, the content of the programme is designed to help you achieve your goals.


Each exam is computer-based and can be sat in any order, at a time that is convenient for you. This means that you can easily fit studying around your work and personal commitments.

If your employer is making a financial contribution towards your studies, they may choose to limit the number of attempts. You should always check with your employer before taking an exam.

Once you have successfully passed an exam, you will receive a certificate to show your achievement. When you have sat and successfully passed all six exams, you will receive your ICAEW CFAB qualification certificate.

Your options after ICAEW CFAB

ICAEW CFAB is a respected stand-alone qualification, however it also serves as a route to the Business and Finance Professional (BFP) designation and chartered accountancy with the ACA qualification.

How to gain BFP status

Suitable for professionals at any stage in their career, the ICAEW Business and Finance Professional (BFP) will not only support you with your professional and personal development – it can also help you demonstrate the skills, knowledge and experience employers are looking for.

Whether you’re aiming for a step-up in your career or a new job, becoming a Business and Finance Professional can open up a variety of exciting opportunities.

In order to become eligible, you will need to complete:

  1. The globally recognised ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (ICAEW CFAB) qualification, consisting of six modules.
  2. 12 months of work experience in a business or finance role. If you have gained this within the last three years, you will only need to have it signed off by an IFAC member.
  3. The ICAEW online Ethics Learning Programme

For more information on how to become a ICAEW Business and Finance Professional (BFP)

How to gain ICAEW membership

In order to become a fully qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountant, you’ll need to complete our ACA qualification. One of the most advanced learning and professional development programmes available globally, the ACA comprises of four elements – 15 business, finance and accounting modules, three to five years of work experience, Ethics and Professional development.

For more information on the ICAEW ACA Qualification (ACA)

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