MergerPerhaps the ISA should join forces with the ASCA - the Association of Shattered Certified Accountants?
Just a thought.........
A VERY late starter!!!!I started studying for CIMA at age 36 and have just started ACCA at age 37. It does help that I am exempt from the foundation stages of both, as well as a few intermediate papers. I was originally going to complete CIMA before taking advantage of the exemption offered by ACCA and just taking the finals, but thought that it would do no harm to do both and at least complete the intermediate stages in both to keep my options open.
Your main "weapon" is your motivation. If you are determined to complete the course, you will. I am hoping to move into corporate recovery, which will (I hope?!) involve CPI and JIEB exams in due course.
Go for it and don't let anyone put you off.
The best of luck in whatever you decide to do.
CIMA vs ACCACIMA is seen as more befitting industry, with ACCA more appropriate for practice. ACCA, if you do the right options, gives you an auditing certificate, where CIMA does not. Apart from that, I am not sure that there is a huge difference between the two. I am doing CIMA for its strategic slant, but will do ACCA when I have completed CIMA to add the auditing string to my bow - it will only be an additional year and five subjects!
Whatever you do, the best of luck.
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