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Man Who Took 10 Years to Get Certified Credits His Firm for Totally Unimpressive Accomplishment

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A U.K. man is in the local paper after finally realizing his goal of becoming a certified chartered accountant after an impressive 10 years. Ten years? My how the time flies when you’re doing, well, anything but studying to become a certified chartered accountant.

Michael Webb has qualified as a certified chartered accountant at the Old-Town-based firm.

He is also celebrating ten years there since starting as a trainee after he left Ridgeway School in Wroughton.

His qualification from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) promotes him to become a tax and accounts senior at the company, which has been open for 24 years.

“I really enjoy working here,” said Michael, who praised his co-workers in the office for their support over the years.

The ACCA requires three years of practical work experience. It’s unclear what he was doing for the other seven, but whatever it was we’re guessing it involved client service.

According to the ACCA, one could potentially finish the exam portion in two years; however, due to the work experience requirement, it takes at least three. There isn’t a limit on how long candidates can spend on the Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills exams, but once students pass their first Strategic Professional exam, they have seven years to pass their remaining exams.

“We are a very close-knit team and I’ve been supported from day one since coming in as a trainee a decade ago.

“I’ve always really enjoyed the atmosphere here as we’re a team who value each other.

“It’s been quite a journey and one I couldn’t have completed without the support of my colleagues.”

Aww, that’s adorable. And hey, gotta give the guy credit, he got certified! Meanwhile in essentially the same chronological time period, I’m still writing for this totally over website. At least one of us did something worthwhile with our lives.

The next time your firm starts pressuring you to hurry up and finish the CPA, go ahead and point them to this. Just think how proud they’ll be getting their name in the paper over your totally unspectacular accomplishment.