Awarding Bodies

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Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

There are over 1.7m chartered accountants and students around the world − talented, ethical and committed professionals who use their expertise to ensure we have a successful and sustainable future. Over 150,000 of these are ICAEW Chartered Accountants. We train, develop and support each one of them so that they have the knowledge and values to help build local and global economies that are sustainable, accountable and fair. We’ve been at the heart of the accountancy profession since we were founded in 1880 to ensure trust in business. We share our knowledge and insight with governments, regulators and business leaders worldwide as we believe accountancy is a force for positive economic change across the world.

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Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

We believe that accountancy is vital for economies to grow and prosper, which is why we work all over the world to build the profession and make society fairer and more transparent.

We have more than 208,000 fully qualified members and 503,000 students worldwide. They're among the world’s best-qualified and most highly sought-after accountants - and they work in every sector you can imagine.

Organisations know and trust our designation. We're out there every day, connecting with businesses large and small, governments, educational establishments and opinion formers. We're on top of emerging trends, legislation and legal requirements, helping to shape them.

Because of all this, we’re able to create the innovative, strategic-thinking accountants our fast-changing world needs.

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The Chartered Governance Institute

We support our members in organisations of all sizes across all sectors of the economy, including large corporates, SMEs, the public sector and charities. We are the only organisation to confer Chartered Secretary and Governance Professional status on those who are suitably qualified and experienced. Established in 1891, our knowledge and expertise is rooted in history and we continue to lead current thinking and practice.

We have a worldwide presence, with about 34,000 members and students in 80 countries. The UK, Republic of Ireland and Associated Territories division (UKRIAT), directly represents around 14,000 members and students.

The Chartered Governance Institute also offers professional subscription to professionals without chartered status who work in governance roles, enabling them to access The Chartered Governance Institute’s expertise, resources and networking opportunities.


CFA Institute

CFA Institute is the premier global association for investment management professionals. The organization offers the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, a credential held by over 150,000 professionals around the world. The charter gives a strong understanding of advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills.

The CFA Program is a self-study, graduate-level program divided into three levels of exams. Passing these exams is one step to becoming a CFA charterholder.

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The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI)

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment is the largest and most widely respected professional body for those who work in the securities and investment industry in the UK, as well as a growing number of major financial centres round the world. Formed in 1992 by the London Stock Exchange practitioners, it now has more than 40,000 members in 89 countries.

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Chartered Management Institute

Today the world puts huge emphasis on performance and demands more skills than ever before. Yet far too many managers don’t get the guidance they need to tackle their challenging roles. We want to end this paradox and help managers to stop simply getting by... and to start excelling.

It was over 60 years ago that we, as the British Institute of Management back then, developed the UK’s very first diploma in management studies. In the years that followed we have constantly been at the forefront of all aspects of management training and thinking.

Today we are the only chartered professional body dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. No wonder over 100,000 managers use our unique services on a daily basis.

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International Compliance Association

ICA is the leading global provider of professional certificated qualifications and training in anti-money laundering (AML), governance, risk & compliance and fraud/financial crime prevention. ICA's internationally recognised qualifications enhance the knowledge and skills of individuals, improve business practice and minimise risk.

ICA are offering a suite of Certificate qualifications that are completed fully online. These include: Trade Based Money Laundering, Money Laundering Risk in Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Money Laundering Risk in New Payment Products and Services, Money Laundering Risk in Correspondent Banking, Money Laundering Risk in Private Banking and Money Laundering Risk in Betting and Gaming.

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The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

STEP is the global professional association for practitioners who specialise in family inheritance and succession planning. We work to improve public understanding of the issues families face in this area and promote education and high professional standards among our members.

STEP members help families plan for their futures, from drafting a will to advising on issues concerning international families, protection of the vulnerable, family businesses and philanthropic giving. Full STEP members, known as TEPs, are internationally recognised as experts in their field, with proven qualifications and experience.

STEP has a substantial number of branches, including Jersey, which was established in 1993 and is one of the largest and most active in the world, and Guernsey.

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CLT International

CLT International designs and delivers best-in-class training for those engaged in inter-generational wealth management both in the UK and worldwide.

With great experience and wide-ranging expertise, CLTI provides certificated and non-certificated training to the legal, financial and wealth management industries, working with a number of professional bodies and training partners around the world. CLTI are also the chosen provider for STEP.

The qualifications CLT International offer are recognised by the industry, and are subject to the rigorous quality assurance procedures of Alliance Manchester Business School (Alliance MBS), a school of the University of Manchester.