I’m a bit confused about the difference between the ACA and the CA qualifications. Can someone please explain the difference AND why one is more prestigious than the other?
From what I understand ICAEW give the ACA and ICAS the CA.
For some reason everyone says the ACA is the most prestigious. But ICAS has been longer established and it specifically stopped other accounting bodies to allow their people to have the letters CA after their name (i.e. whoever takes the qualification cant have “Joe Blogs, CA”). But noone really talks about the CA, they all talk about the ACA as if its like being knighted.
Anyway Im worried because, KPMG grads follow ICAS. Ive got a tax grad role starting next year. In this I’ll get the qualifications of CA and CTA.
Im not complaining (I’d rather have a job than not) i just dont want this ‘oh you didnt do the ACA, you arent good enough etc’ crap if i decide to move elsewhere. I would have studied too hard to be dealing with qualification pettiness.
Anyone got any thoughts?