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ACCA and SOEL launch new CertIFR in Greek language


12 Nov 2019


Euro & Finance

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and SOEL (the Institute of Certified Public Accountants) unveil the new CertIFR translated into Greek, making it the professional body’s first Greek language qualification.

CertIFR in Greek extends ACCA’s and SOEL’s support for the development of the finance and accountancy profession in Greece and across the Greek speaking world. Aimed at professionals with a background in financial reporting, CertIFR in Greek enables them to obtain an additional qualification that will enhance their professional development and open doors to a dynamic career. CertIFR in Greek contains an online course and online assessment which can be taken anytime, in any place, helping professionals to balance their learning needs around busy work and life schedules.

The new qualification was officially launched at an evening celebration on Tuesday 8 October 2019 at the Divani Caravel Hotel in Athens, Greece. The ceremony also saw a renewed signing of ACCA and SOEL’s Joint Exam Scheme (JES) and Strategic Partnership Agreements. The JES was originally signed in 2009 and has since supported over 2,500 members and students.

Alan Hatfield, executive director – strategy and development, said, ‘Our new offering of the CertIFR in Greek brings a wealth of opportunity to finance professionals in Greece and Greek speaking regions. We believe that the business environment gains from the adoption of global standards, and the launch of this qualification highlights our commitment to the finance profession in those markets. As we continue to grow our brand, ACCA aims to make a valuable contribution to accountancy professions and reinforce the importance of professional qualifications.’

Harilaos Alamanos, President of SOEL, said, ‘Today we are pleased to present officially the IFRS Certificate, which will provide our members with knowledge and skills to improve their qualifications. Our long standing cooperation with ACCA has been more than fruitful so far and we all look forward to our prosperous future together.’

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About ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants, offering business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.

ACCA supports its 219,000 members and 527,000 students (including affiliates) in 179 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 110 offices and centres and 7,571 Approved Employers worldwide, and 328 approved learning providers who provide high standards of learning and development.

Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.

ACCA has introduced major innovations to its flagship qualification to ensure its members and future members continue to be the most valued, up to date and sought-after accountancy professionals globally.

Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. More information is here:


The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Greece (SOEL) is a Public Interest Professional Institute representing Greek auditors. The Institute is currently comprised of 54 audit firms active in the Greek market and has approximately 5900 registered members. SOEL’s objectives include analyzing and contributing to professional, regulatory and economic developments of relevance to auditors, ensuring Member Bodies’ timely information and offering leadership in representing the audit sector. SOEL is also a founding Member Body Organization of IFAC, ACCOUNTANCY EUROPE (former FEE) and the FCM.

The Institute has been active in the adoption and implementation of European Union legislation and the adoption of International Audit and Accounting Standards as well as in establishing educational and training programs to create more pathways to the profession through the Institute of Education of SOEL (IESOEL).

The Institute of Education of SOEL (IESOEL) was founded in 1997, as a non-profit organization affiliated to SOEL. It is responsible for the professional formation of Certified Public Accountants just entering the profession as well as the professional development and continuous education of auditors over the course of their careers. It currently has over 4600 students both from within and without the audit profession enrolled in its five programs of Postgraduate Professional Education and Training, intended for University graduates as well as graduates of Technological Educational Institutions who intend to follow a career in accounting or auditing as well as for business personnel in the field of Applied Auditing and Accounting. Those programs are realized in cooperation with Hellenic Universities and prestigious professional institutes in Great Britain.