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ICAEW CFAB qualification

The ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (ICAEW CFAB) is a certificate-level qualification from ICAEW. It teaches essential knowledge and practical skills in finance, accounting and business.

Benefits of ICAEW CFAB

  • 97% of students would recommend it to others.
  • Suitable for all – school leavers, college or university students and career-changers.
  • Gain the business-essential skills that employers look for in recruits.
  • Evidence your new skills as you progress – you get a certificate at each module.
  • Flexible study options – to fit in with your other commitments.
  • Potential entry route into chartered accountancy.


There are no set academic entry criteria, so ICAEW CFAB is open to all. So, if you are looking to increase your business skills, or are considering a career in business or want to start your own company – then ICAEW CFAB is ideal for you. This six-module qualification can be started at any time of year and can be studied on its own or alongside a college course, degree course or work commitments. So how you study and how long you take to complete ICAEW CFAB is 100% up to you!

ICAEW CFAB at a glance

Entry requirements  There are no formal academic entry requirements. However, you will need to be within travelling distance of an ICAEW approved test centre in order to sit the exams.
What's involved

The certificate qualification has six modules: Business and Finance, Management Information, Law, Assurance, Principles of Tax and Accounting. 

See the full overview

Duration  12 months or less (with credit for prior learning)
  • Registration fee - £165 + VAT (or £20 one-off fee for students still at university through our University Student Scheme
  • Assessment - £70 per exam attempt
  • Learning materials - £30 per subject
  • Tuition fee - Prices vary according to tuition provider and chosen study option
Study options Flexible – includes online, classroom, self-study and more
Start date Anytime