Frequently asked questions(FAQ)


The Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) qualification, granted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, is one of the top professional qualifications available worldwide. It is recognized as the equivalent of a Master’s Degree in the UK and the EU, and is the qualification of choice for CEOs and CFOs across the FTSE100.

The Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB) is awarded by the ICAEW to students who complete the first six (Certificate level) exams. It is a stand-alone qualification appropriate for students who require a thorough grounding in practical business and finance issues but do not intend to qualify as full Chartered Accountants. Completing the CFAB is also a major step towards being awarded the BFP designation.
The Business and Finance Professional designation is a new professional designation launched by the ICAEW. Candidates who have completed the CFAB, have one year or more of experience in a business and finance role, and have passed the ICAEW’s online ethics module can apply for this designation, which entitles them to add the initials BFP to their business cards.

While we have students of many different nationalities at DSR, we are unable to offer student visas or accommodation in Dubai. All of our students arrange for their own visas and living arrangements.

In the last two years, most students who finished a year with DSR were recruited by KPMG and Grant Thornton for internships and subsequently on a permanent basis. While DSR is not a career placement service and will not directly help you find a job, our training will give you the tools necessary to be an excellent candidate and an invaluable employee. If you are pursuing the ACA qualification through DSR we will provide you with a list of ICAEW Approved Training Employers (ATEs) in the UAE.

Yes! DSR has a special agreement with the ICAEW that allows us to print licensed student manuals and question banks for our students. This means that you don’t have to pay shipping fees!

Yes. If you hold another professional designation or majored in finance or accounting in university you may be able to apply for exemptions from certain ACA courses. Please see the ICAEW webpage on Credit for Prior Learning for more information.

Yes. CFAB is unique in that it does not require you to have completed a bachelors degree or any other professional designation. Joining CFAB after high school is one route you can take to the ACA. Please note that high school graduates cannot register for the complete ACA without completing CFAB first. More information is available on the ICAEW website.

No. You have the option to register for all six CFAB courses at once and receive a 10% discount, but we are also happy to accept payments module by module.

All sorts! At DSR we have students from KPMG, PwC, Deloitte, EY, Grant Thornton, BDO, Mazars, HSBC, Emirates NBD, Chalhoub Group, Du, and other employers. We also have many independent students aspiring to join the above and other approved training employers to secure their training contracts.

Yes, DSR is happy to provide CFAB/BFP, ACA, and bespoke in-house training for corporations. Custom sessions on financial literacy or financial tools can be offered over 1-4 days. In-house CFAB and ACA courses can be offered over the course of several months. Please contact Durdana Rizvi for more information.

Great! Please contact us to set up an appointment so we can discuss your needs and complete your registration.