I am currently studying for the CIMA exams (certificate level), however I am currently assessing my options.
As a New Zealander, I am planning to go back home in around four-five years time. I have been told that the CIMA does not hold nearly as much weight as the ACA (Chartered Accountants of NZ), therefore I am wanting to atleast try to go down this route…if I can.
Problem is, I am 28, I have little experience in Accounting, and have an unrelated degree in Marketing from NZ (marks were around B average). After looking at all the training vacancies for ACA online, it seems you need to have very good marks to get in, particularly with a big four firm.
I have been told be ICEAW, that it will be difficult to get an ACA contract. Doing the CFAB qualification (“bridge”) course could be an option, because I can use three CIMA papers as cross-credits. I would only need to do three CFAB papers to complete it.
Before beginning down this challenging route, I would like a bit of advice from any of you!
After completing the CFAB, what are my chances of getting an ACA training vacancy? I am currently working as an accounts assistant for a small industry firm. I have only been doing this for two months.
I was thinking about getting my company to apply as an ACA training provider, is this possible?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.