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CICPA members - join the ICAEW

This page explains how you, as a member of the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CICPA), can join the ICAEW, including how to top up your CPA qualification to become an ACA; applying through our Pathways to Membership route; applying for a practising certificate; and how to gain audit rights in the UK with our Audit Qualification.

Membership agreement

Qualified members of the CICPA will need to 'top up' their CPA qualification to become an ACA and be eligible to join the ICAEW.

Pathways to Membership

If you are a fully qualified member of the CICPA with at least five years’ full membership, you may be eligible to join ICAEW based on your experience – through the Pathways to Membership route.

Practising certificate

If you intend to practise in the UK or EC you must apply for a practising certificate. You may only practice as an ICAEW member if you have been a member of CICPA for at least two years.

Audit rights

ICAEW membership does not automatically grant you audit rights in the UK, so if you intend to work in audit during your career, then we recommend that you apply for the Audit Qualification (AQ) when joining us.