Diploma in Professional Accountancy

The Diploma in Professional Accountancy is the final stage of the AIA professional qualification and builds on previous knowledge with an ability to deal with professionally complex and demanding situations.


The Diploma in Professional Accountancy comprises four exam papers, organised into two modules and tested by a 3 hour online exam with an additional 15 minute reading period.

Module E

13 Financial Accounting 3
14 Financial Management

Module F

15 Professional Practice (Auditing)
16 Taxation & Tax Planning

What will I learn?

On completion of this qualification you will:

  • Be able to reformulate and use relevant understanding, methodologies and approaches to address problematic situations that involve many interacting factors.
  • Plan and develop courses of action underpinning substantial development, as well as exercising broad autonomy and judgement. 
  • Have an understanding of relevant theoretical and methodological perspectives, and how they affect your area of study or work.

What will it cost?*

Application fee - £135

Exam/exemption fees - £100 per paper

*The application fee includes an administration fee and your first year’s annual subscription fee of £75. Students in Hong Kong are also required to pay a £20 Branch subscription fee. The application fee is only applicable to new AIA students, if you are already registered as a student you just pay your annual subscription fee when it is due on 1 October. The figures are based on successful completion at first attempt; this price does not include the fee for any resits required.

Study costs

Your study provider will be able to provide you with costs of study courses, or you can find out more about AIA Achieve and our study materials here.

Am I eligible?

If you have completed the AIA Diploma in Accountancy or an equivalent qualification in accountancy you may be eligible for this qualification. You can find out more information about our entry requirements and exemptions.

  • Diploma in Professional Accountancy
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding
  • Professional judgement and ethics
  • Eligible for Associate membership subject to work experience
  • Equivalent to Master's Degree
  • Qualification for career advancement