Frequently asked questions about credit for prior learning, also known as exemptions.
All answers accurate as of January 2015.
First, you should check the online credit for prior learning directory. This gives you an instant view of which academic and professional qualifications are eligible for which credits. If your qualification is listed on the directory please ensure you meet all the criteria listed.
The CPL directory is not an exhaustive list. If you cannot find your qualification on the directory, or if you do not meet the criteria on the directory but still want to apply, please consider this carefully because if you choose to apply for CPL and your application is not awarded, you will not get your application fees refunded. You will need to complete an application form to apply for credits if your degree is not listed.
It is your responsibility to apply for any credit to which you believe you are entitled. Early application is essential – we recommend that you apply for each or all credits before you start your studies. If you have sat an exam module, you will not be able to apply for CPL for that module. Applications take up to 14 days (from receipt of your completed application) to be assessed and processed.
The date shown on the certificate and transcript for your academic qualification must have a year-end within 5 years of the year of your CPL application e.g. if you are applying in 2015 the transcript and certificate must be dated either 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 or 2015.
The Business and Finance module is a wide ranging syllabus, often CPL is awarded based on completion of the whole degree. Essentially what we are looking to identify is whether the degree programme has covered each of these key areas:
Please review the learning outcomes for these modules in the Application for Credit for Prior Learning – Graduates. You should ensure that the syllabus from the academic course you have studied covers a substantial proportion of the learning outcomes before you apply.
We also require the courses used to support your CPL application to have equivalent assessment. The ACA professional level modules are assessed by 2.5 hour written exam with an emphasis on using knowledge in a case study-type scenario. Essay style questions or multiple choice tests will not be deemed equivalent. For CPL purposes the exam element of the assessment for courses relevant to the ACA modules should be at least 50% of the total marks available. You must submit sample exam papers to support your CPL application.
For full details and relevant CPL forms, go to icaew.com/cpl.
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Yes, you will need to register as a student before you can apply for CPL.
No, once you have sat that exam, you cannot then apply for credit of that module.
Yes. Remember though, that it takes a minimum of 14 days from the date at which ICAEW receives all required information for your application to be assessed and awarded.
For the relevant costs for credit for prior learning:
No. Application fees for CPL are non-refundable.
How: Most students can apply for credit for prior learning (CPL) online. However, those claiming credit with cost reduction or with a specialist route to membership will need to apply using a paper-based application. You can find this information and access the online and paper-based application for CPL at icaew.com/cpl.
When: Once you have registered as an ACA student. You can apply for CPL at any time, however when you have sat an ACA module, you are unable to apply for CPL against this module. Applications take up to 14 days (from receipt of your completed application and supporting documentation) to be assessed and processed.
Where: Send your completed application form and copies of your supporting documents/evidence to:
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Providing there are no payment details in any of the documentation you can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a qualification that is listed on our online directory and are applying for credit for prior learning (CPL) you must send:
If you have a qualification that is not listed in our online directory and you are applying for CPL - you must send a copy of your university transcript and degree certificate plus all relevant syllabus or module descriptors and exam papers for each module being used to claim credit.
If you have a professional qualification and are claiming CPL - you must send copies of your award certificate and evidence (eg, result notifications) of each module or paper completed.
Good quality copies or scanned versions may be used, and these can be faxed or emailed but you must include your application reference number. ICAEW cannot accept screenshots of web notification pages or similar electronic notifications. We reserve the right to ask for original or certified documents.
We will assess and respond to your application (including all your supporting documents and evidence) within 14 days of receipt. If we need you to send in additional information, your application could take another 14 days from receipt of all required information on top of the original time to be fully assessed.
You cannot claim credit for an exam that you have already attempted.
Yes. You can check the progress of your application at CPL application.
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