Certified Public Accountant

|Certified Public Accountant|

CPA is jointly awarded by IQN and Scottish Qualifications Authority. SQA is the national, regulated awarding body in Scotland. CPA allows candidates to develop and apply wide ranges of tools and techniques of financial management, International Accounting Standards (IASs), International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) and International Standards on Auditing (ISAs). CPA is recognised at Level 8 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) with 120 credit points.

Why study CPA?

  • Use post-nominal letters ‘CPA’ after your name!
  • Demonstrate your competence in Financial Reporting
  • Earn an affordable qualification recognised in UK framework (SCQF)
  • Enhance global acceptance through a qualification benchmarked against European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
  • Join the global community of professional accountants

Who is it for?

CPA is open to all – from school leavers to post graduates and employees.

However, it may be of particular interest to:

  • Working professionals
  • University students planning careers in the field of accounting and finance
  • Someone with an interest in accounting and finance


CPA student needs to complete four units of CPA:

  • Unit 1 – Finance: Finance unit provides students the opportunity to develop knowledge of Financial Management. This unit has been designed to enable individuals to prepare for decision making of financing matters from contemporary organisational perspectives. Finance provides understanding of proactive and quick assessment ability that enriches individuals’ financial management know-hows.
  • Unit 2 – Management Accounting: This unit provides students the opportunity to gain knowledge of Management Accounting. It would also help students devise appropriate budgetary planning and cost minimisation strategies. Management Accounting would develop a strong background for those individuals interested in cost and management accounting.
  • Unit 3 – Financial Reporting: Financial Reporting unit has been designed with intense scenarios and real life examples that an accountant would encounter on a day-to-day basis. The focus of this unit is to develop the ability of students to interpret financial statements for business and analyse information promptly to provide successful financial reporting to the management. Individuals interested in accounting for educational progressions would also find Financial Reporting an excellent cornerstone in the field of corporate reporting.
  • Unit 4 – Audit & Assurance: Audit & Assurance unit provides students the opportunity to gain knowledge of Audit & Assurance. This unit explores areas of risk management to control procedures with extensive focus on application of the knowledge that will enhance an auditor’s ability to make decisions required in identification, analyse, control, monitor and review of business risk factors.

Result & Certificate

Please note that your certificate is issued by the exam body once you pass the exam, your result is made available Immediately after finishing the exam on Pearson VUE platform.
The certificate and transcript will be couriered (using ROYAL MAIL or ‘similar’) to the address given by you in your Pearson VUE web account. Hence, it is important that you provide detail and absolutely correct postal address with postcode in your Pearson VUE web account.

It may take up to 6 weeks to receive the certificate. If you DO NOT receive your certificate within 6 weeks from the date of successful completion of the exam, please contact us.