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Apply for CPL with an academic qualification

You may be eligible to apply for credit for prior learning if you hold a relevant degree.

How to apply

Online CPL directory

Check our credit for prior learning directory to see if credits are available

Check the CPL directory

To apply for CPL, firstly check if your degree appears on the CPL directory. If your degree is listed, follow the instructions to apply for CPL online.

To apply, you will need to apply and pay the appropriate CPL fees online, then complete the Application for Credit for Prior Learning - Graduates to map your qualification to the ACA learning outcomes

Costs

CPL applications cost £70 per module at the Certificate Level and £90 per module at the Professional Level.

Criteria

  • You must have achieved a minimum mark of 50% in all degree modules relating to your application for credit for prior learning.
  • Each module must have been assessed by at least 50% written exam.
  • Your academic qualification must be less than 5 years old (see FAQs for more details)

Please note that you cannot apply for credit for any ACA modules where you have previously attempted the ACA exam.

Supporting documentation you need to supply

Once you have completed the application process you will be asked to send documentation to support your credit application. All documents must be in English and any translations must be formally certified by the University. Send documents to cpl@icaew.com quoting your ICAEW student number.

If your degree is listed in the CPL directory

If your degree is listed in the CPL directory you will need to send:

  • Evidence of modules completed and marks/grades gained (usually a transcript)
  • Evidence of the award (for example a certificate)

Good quality copies or scanned versions may be used. ICAEW routinely seek external verification from the educational institution. Falsified documentation will be referred to our professional conduct department. Original documents are sent at the owner’s risk.

Please note we do not accept screenshots of web notification pages or similar electronic notifications.

If your degree is not listed in the CPL directory

If your degree is not listed on the directory you will still need to apply and pay online, in addition you must complete a set of assessment grids to indicate where the individual paper learning outcomes have been met. You will need to include with your application:

  • Evidence of modules completed and marks/grades gained (for example a transcript)
  • Evidence of the award (for example a certificate)
  • Syllabuses and exam papers for each module relevant to your application.

Criteria

Awards being used to apply for credit must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have achieved a minimum mark of 50% in all degree modules relating to your application for credit for prior learning.
  • Each module must have been assessed by at least 50% written exam. 
  • Your degree transcript must be dated within the last 5 years in order to apply for CPL.

Allow up to 14 business days for your completed application with supporting paperwork to be processed.