In July 2013, we evolved the ACA qualification. If you started your ACA training before this time, please see below all the information you'll need to help you successfully complete the technical work experience (TWE), initial professional development (IPD) and structured training in ethics (STE) components of ACA training
Prior to July 2013, the ACA qualification comprised of two stages - the Professional Stage and Advanced Stage modules.
Exam sittings for the following Professional Stage application modules are no longer available:
Parallel running for the three Advanced Stage papers will be available up to and including the July 2015 session.
For further guidance on the transitional arrangements, please see page 18 and 19 of our conversion brochure.
The Advanced Stage consists of two Technical Integration papers and a Case Study.
We recommend that you speak to your employer and tuition provider about continuing with the current components of TWE, IPD and STE or moving over to the evolved ACA.
Please note that the period of parallel running of the Advanced Stage exams is coming to an end. The last exam session for the Technical Reporting Business Change and Business Reporting modules will be July 2015. From November, only the Advanced Level exams will be available. Contact our student support team if you have a question by calling +44 (0)1908 248 250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Technical work experience is an integral part of your ACA qualification. During your training agreement, you should accumulate and show evidence of at least 450 days of technical work experience. This excludes exam days, holidays, courses, illness and office administration.
If you are a student qualifying with a registered auditor authorised to offer adequate audit training, it is possible that you will have enough experience on completion of your training agreement to apply for the UK Audit Qualification.
Initial professional development (IPD) is an integral part of training to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. IPD is designed to help you integrate your exam studies, technical work experience and the development of your professional skills.
The IPD scheme helps ACA students to develop professionally by considering your work experience in five key areas that define a chartered accountant:
How to complete your initial professional development (IPD)
There are two ways to complete IPD:
Requirements for each scheme are slightly different, please confirm with your employer which IPD scheme you should be following.
Structured training in ethics (STE) is an integral part of training to become a chartered accountant. The STE programme is a training programme based on interactive case studies, scenarios and self-test questions that will help you to develop your professional ethics.
STE will enable you to:
Starting STE or a new stage
In July 2013, we evolved the ACA qualification. If you started your ACA training before this time, you may by recording the ACA components including exams, IPD, TWE and STE in a slightly different way.
We recommend that you speak to your employer and tuition provider about if you would like to move over to the evolved ACA. Our student support team is also here to help.