Both CPA and ACCA are premier accounting degrees from the USA and UK, respectively. Both are equivalent to the CA qualification in India. The Key difference between CPA and ACCA is the GAAP they specialize in. CPAs are considered experts in US GAAP (used by companies listed on NYSE), while ACCAs work with UK GAAP (used by companies listed on LSE). Both accountants are considered equally well versed with IFRS (widely used in Europe). Another major comparison point is the number of exams, while ACCA has up to 16 subjective style exams, CPA only has 4 objective style exams. ACCA may take multiple years to complete, whereas most people can complete CPA in one year. However, this difference in the style of testing doesn’t result in a difference in salary. Both accountants get paid comparably and being a CA on top, surely adds value.