Case study:
The Association of Chartered Accountants.

Counting the value of online e-learning:
Bespoke continual professional development

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ACCA, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, is the global body for professional accountants. Learning is especially important to ACCA's members: it is a requirement of membership that they undertake relevant and appropriate continuing professional development (CPD) each year.


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Because ACCA is a global organisation, for some members attending courses can be problematic, expensive, or both.

We started working with ACCA in 1998, when they commissioned us to design and develop one of the first e-commerce enabled e-learning portals in the world ( It was self-service (requiring zero administration) and took payments online - but we developed it in such a way that there was no need for ACCA to implement a new IT infrastructure.

Since 2007 Transition has worked with ACCA to develop many certifications, including: Certifications in International Financial Reporting and Auditing, in Global Business Services, and in Business Valuations. These courses provide students with all of the technical knowledge needed to pass a certification test delivered online, via

The courses are developed using the Lectora® e-learning authoring software and a customised version of Transition's Web Commerce platform. They are currently available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Arabic.


Our results led to extensive changes to the way in which ACCA offers learning, enabling the organisation to reach all of its members - wherever they are - providing a more flexible way to learn.

Courses that we've helped develop in five different languages are sold direct to individual accountants in over 150 countries, and through tuition providers and corporate customers with local market access.

Our continued work with ACCA means we've seen the extending reach of the ACCA brand into new markets all over the world, particularly in Africa, Asia and South America. ACCA are supporting several different business models with minimal administration overhead and comprehensive reporting and analysis.