So you’re thinking of becoming a Chartered Accountant? Is it a recession proof career? We take a look at what countries you could work in, and what the CA profession is all about…

Chartered Accountant (CA) is the title used by members of certain professional accountancy associations in the British Commonwealth countries and Ireland. The term “chartered” has come from the “Royal Charter” which was granted to the world’s first professional body of accountants upon their establishment in 1854.

The Edinburgh Society of Accountants – formed 1854, the Glasgow Institute of Accountants and Actuaries -1854, and the Aberdeen Society of Accountants – 1867, were each granted a royal charter almost from their creation. The C.A. title is an internationally recognised professional designation.

So you want to become a Chartered Accountant?

Chartered Accountants work in all fields of business and finance. While some are engaged in public practice work, other CA’s work in the private sector while some are employed by government bodies such as working for Inland Revenue or other Civil Service positions.

The Chartered Accountants Institutes require members to undertake, and complete a minimum level of continuing professional development to stay ahead of their peers. So if you are thinking of a CA Accountancy as a career be prepared for lengthy training and a high level of dedication will be required.

So you want to become a Chartered Accountant?

The Institutes facilitate special interest groups – lead academic and professional thinking in all areas of accountancy. They provide support to members by offering advisory services, technical helplines and technical libraries. The Institutes also offer opportunities for professional networking and career and business development.