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How do I become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant?

You become chartered through completing the ACA qualification, which is a combination of study, exams and practical work experience.

While it is possible to start studying for the ACA independently, we recommend entering into a training agreement with an authorised employer as soon as possible. There are more than 3,500 employers authorised to train you for the ACA qualification globally. Many are accountancy firms, but you can also train in large companies, small enterprises, charities and government bodies.

There are four elements to ACA training that you’ll need to complete:

  • 450 days of practical work experience
  • A structured ethics programme, focussing on integrity, objectivity and independence
  • A professionally development programme which covers seven key skills
  • The 15 accountancy, finance and business modules.

At ICAEW we pride ourselves on offering a high  levels of support to those studying with us and throughout their career journey. Employers must meet strict standards to train ACA students, combine this with high-quality learning materials, and ACA students enjoy high pass rates and qualify quickly – with 93% qualifying in four years or less.

You can start the ACA straight from school, or choose a graduate route after university.

Straight from school - organisations offer school leaver programmes and higher apprenticeships so you can get started after you've completed your A-levels.

AAT-ACA Fast Track - qualify as an Accounting Technician and fast track to the ACA, completing both qualifications in as little as four years.

ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB) - CFAB provides a great introduction to accountancy, finance and business and is a stepping stone to the ACA qualification.

University - you don't have to do a business or accountancy related degree. We also have a number of strategic partnership programmes that will help you achieve a degree and the ACA qualification.

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