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Each of the key professional associations and bodies in the field of accountancy is listed. The list is by no means exhaustive, but represents the key bodies as we perceive them to be.


ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales), also known as ACA (Association of Chartered Accountants) provide their members with knowledge and guidance based on the highest ethical and technical standards. They shape opinion, understanding and delivery to ensure the highest standards in business and in the public interest. See website


CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) is the only international professional qualification with a syllabus and examinations that focus solely on the education and training of management accountants in business. See website


ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. They aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. See website


The Institute of Credit Management (ICM) is the largest professional credit management organisation in Europe. It represents the credit profession across trade, consumer and export credit, as well as in related activities such as collections, credit reporting, credit insurance and insolvency. See website


ACT (The Association of Corporate Treasurers) is the international body for finance professionals working in treasury, risk and corporate finance. Some Chartered Accountants go on to qualify as ACT. See website


The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) is the leading professional body in the United Kingdom concerned solely with taxation. The CIOT deals with all aspects of direct and indirect taxation. Its primary purpose is to promote education in and the study of the administration and practice of taxation. Some Chartered Accountants go on to qualify as CIOT. See website

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