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ACCA Strategic Professional

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Completing the ACCA Qualification is a major milestone in any accounting career. The final step of the qualification process is the ACCA Strategic Professional Exams, which are comprised of four papers that demonstrate an individual's professional and strategic knowledge. Passing these exams proves to employers an individual’s deep understanding of the accounting profession and can open up many possibilities for individuals looking to start or advance their career in this field.
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Further your financial career with ACCA Strategic Professional

The ACCA Strategic Professional level of the ACCA study path features a series of exams designed to provide individuals with the skills, knowledge and qualifications necessary to become successful business and financial leaders. By studying the ACCA Strategic Professional modules, you can develop the dynamic skills and strategic vision required for success in the ever-changing business world, as well as receiving the highly respected ACCA Strategic Professional Certificate. Not only will you gain a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of leading a business, but you can also choose to specialise in specific areas relevant to your career aspirations.

ACCA Strategic Professional Certificate

  • Strategic Professional Certificate

ACCA Level 3 entry requirements

You should have completed the other two ACCA levels, Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills, or have received exemptions from Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills before progressing to ACCA Level 3. This is due to the prior knowledge needed to pass the ACCA Strategic Professional Level.

You may check if you're qualified for an exemption from the previous levels on the ACCA website.


The ACCA Level 3 consists of four exams.

ACCA Strategic Professional syllabus

The ACCA Strategic Professional modules are split into two mandatory modules and a choice of two out of four optional modules. Learners must also complete the ethics and professional skills module. This can either be before you begin your studies or concurrently. You can apply the professional skills you learn from this to your exam and to the workplace.

You must show that you have the decision-making skills necessary to pass the Strategic Business Reporting (SBR) exam. You will be put to the test on concepts, theories, and principles in a corporate reporting environment, but more importantly, on how well you can use this knowledge in practical situations.

SBL replicates the workplace and gives you real-world problems to solve, enabling you to show off a range of technical, practical, and professional skills.

When making or advising decisions regarding the financial management of an organisation in the private and public sectors, you'll use the pertinent knowledge, skills, and professional judgement expected of a senior financial executive or advisor.

The difficulties auditors will encounter in their careers are reflected in the Advanced Audit and Assurance exam. You will need to consider best practises and recent developments as you analyse, assess, and draw conclusions about the assurance engagement and other audit and assurance issues.

In order to inform people and businesses about how the major taxes affect their financial decisions and situations, you'll apply the necessary knowledge, skills, and professional judgement.

In order to choose and apply strategic management accounting techniques in various business contexts and to contribute to the evaluation of an organization's performance and strategic development, you will apply relevant knowledge, skills, and professional judgement.

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Frequently asked questions

  • On average, it takes around 5 years to complete the full ACCA qualification.

  • You will be able to join ACCA once you have passed the ACCA Strategic Professionals exams. A wide range of career opportunities are unlocked by joining the ACCA, and you also receive a badge of distinction that enables you to advance your career. Very senior positions like chief financial officer, financial manager, or partner in a professional firm could result from it.

    In order to become an ACCA member, in addition to passing the required exams, you’ll need to complete:

    • 1 ethics and professional skills module: The ACCA believes that finance professionals should act ethically and exhibit the professional abilities necessary to have an immediate impact. You will therefore complete a module on ethics and professional skills.
    • 3 years of work experience: in a relevant workplace role.
  • The pass rate for December 2022 for ACCA Strategic Professional was:

    Strategic Business Reporting (SBR) - 47%
    Strategic Business Leaders (SBL) - 49%
    Advanced Financial Management (AFM) - 41%
    Advanced Audit and Assurance (AAA) - 32%
    Advanced Taxation (ATX) - 39%
    Advanced Performance Management (APM) - 33%

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