The ACA from ICAEW is internationally recognised as a premier financial business qualification in more than 160 countries around the world.
You will need to meet one of the criteria to be able to study for the ACA from ICAEW.
ACCA students and affiliates members could be eligible for credits for prior learning (exemptions) for up to 12 out of the 15 ACA exam modules. This would mean that to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant, you would need to complete the rest of the ACA exams, complete our practical work experience, professional development requirements and the online ethics training programme.
ACCA members are eligible to apply for credit for all 12 Professional Stage ACA exam modules. This would mean that to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant, you would need to sit the three ICAEW Advanced Stage exams, complete our practical work experience, professional development requirements and the online ethics training programme.
You are encouraged to apply as early as possible for any credits for which you feel you may be eligible. Applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
For ICAP members, the ACA from ICAEW is a combination of exams and ethics training. (Please continue with Steps 1-4 below).
You must register with ICAEW to study for the ACA qualification and become eligible to join ICAEW.
When you register with ICAEW, you will need to complete an application form and include some supporting documents. These must include:
There is a one-off ICAEW registration fee to pay. This is £165 sterling (+VAT where applicable).
Please return your fully completed application form and all required supporting documentation to: ICAEW Finance, PO Box 6173, Milton Keynes, MK10 1TW, United Kingdom.
ICAP members will need to pass ICAEW's final three examinations. The three ICAEW exams which you must sit and pass are:
The Corporate Reporting and Strategic Business Management papers cover all aspects of the syllabus, and require you to demonstrate your knowledge, ability to plan, analyse, interpret and give advice. Each paper is three hours and 30 minutes long.
The Case Study covers all areas of the syllabus and tests your professional skills in the context of a specific business issue. It is four hours long.
To qualify for ICAEW membership, you must also complete ICAEW's Ethics Learning Programme (ELP), an online training and assessment programme. We strongly recommend that you have completed this ethics training before attempting the Case Study.
As an ACA student, you must apply online for each of the exams you will sit. There are no restrictions on the number of attempts you are allowed at each of these Advanced Stage exams. However, we would always recommend that you are fully prepared for each exam. You can also find past papers, examiners comments and support for these exams at icaew.com/examresources.
The ACA exams you need to sit and pass are held in July and November each year.
ICAP members in Pakistan: Exams are held in Lahore and Karachi. Details of the exam venue will be sent to you approximately two weeks before the examination date.
ICAP members located outside of Pakistan: A full list of UK and international exam centres can be found on the examination entry form (PDF 202KB/7 pages) or once you have registered will be available on the exam applications online section.
The Corporate Reporting and Strategic Business Management exams costs £170 sterling per sitting.
The Case Study exam costs £260 sterling per sitting.
You will need to buy the learning materials for the ACA exams. For the Corporate Reporting and Strategic Business papers, the learning materials are a study pack which includes a study manual and a question bank.
The Case Study learning consist of a study manual and practice case studies, a marks key and answer book.
For more details on the costs and how to order learning materials go to: www.gillards.com/icaew.
A number of tuition providers offer ACA tuition in a variety of delivery methods around the world. To find out what tuition is available in your region, please go toACA tuition providers page.
ICAEW provides ACA students with a range of exam resources to help you study for each exam module. You can access:
Exam results for paper-based exam sessions are usually released five weeks after the exam week.
For all questions relating to exams, see Exam FAQs.
Ethics is more than just knowing the rules around confidentiality, integrity and objectivity. It’s about identifying ethical dilemmas, understanding the implications and behaving appropriately. Ethics is integrated throughout the ACA qualification to develop your ethical capabilities – so you’ll always know how to make the right decisions and justify them.
You will be invited to apply for ICAEW membership once you have completed all components of your ACA training. You will be advised of ICAEW membership costs when you are invited to join ICAEW. You will need to apply within 12 months of finishing your exams.
Once your ICAEW application has been successful, you will be able to use the prestigious designation 'ACA'.
Membership of ICAEW does not by itself grant practising rights. ICAP members who join ICAEW will be eligible for a practising certificate on the same terms as other ICAEW members.
UK audit rights are controlled by the Professional Oversight Board (POB) and are not awarded to ICAP members joining ICAEW.