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Fees and subscriptions FAQs

Have a question about the fees and subscription process? Below are the answers to the questions we get asked the most about paying your annual fees and subscriptions.

Are you an ACA student? For information about your annual student fee, exam entry fees or Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) costs, please visit our 'Costs of qualifying' page.


Forgotten username / password

I have forgotten my password. How can I log on to my ICAEW account?

You can reset your password here. You will need to insert your email address.

If you do not receive an email within a few minutes, you should check that the email address you are using is the same one you originally used when you registered with us. If you have a new email, or do not have access to your original email address you will need to contact us so that we can update your records.

If your email is the same as the one you registered with, then it may be that the password reset email has got caught in your spam filters. If this is not the case you will need to call us so that we can discuss further options.

I have requested a password reset but have had no response. What should I do?

You should check that the email address you are using is the same one you originally used when you registered with us. However, if you have a new email you will need to call us so that we can update your records.

If, however, your email is the same as the one you registered with, then it may be that the password reset email has got caught in your spam filters or alternatively, you may have multiple accounts registered with us. Please contact us.

I have forgotten my username. How can I log on to my ICAEW account?

Your username is your ICAEW member/student number, or the username you chose at registration. If you cannot remember your username, you can send it to your registered email address here.

You will need to insert your email address.

If you do not receive an email within a few minutes, you should check that the email address you are using is the same one you originally used when you registered with us. If you have a new email, or do not have access to your original email address you will need to contact us so that we can update your records.

If your email is the same as the one you registered with, then it may be that the password reset email has got caught in your spam filters. If this is not the case you will need to call us so that we can discuss further options.

I have requested my username but have had no response. What should I do?

You should check that the email address you are using is the same one you originally used when you registered with us. However, if you have a new email you will need to call us so that we can update your records.

If, however, your email is the same as the one you registered with, then it may be that the password reset email has got caught in your spam filters or alternatively, you may have multiple accounts registered with us. Please contact us.

Invoices / receipts

How can I get an invoice for my subscription?

You request an invoice along with any receipts at my.icaew.com/receipts. You will need to log into your account to access this page, before selecting the relevant invoice/receipt. These will then be sent to your registered email address. If your email address has changed, please update this first on your account at membership administration.

The invoice will be sent to your registered e-mail and you should receive it within 24 hours.

Please note: If you pay your subscription by direct debit, you will have received your notification when this was set up.

How can I get a receipt for my subscription?

You should automatically receive a receipt if you have paid online. One instantly from Worldpay, and a separate email from ICAEW within a few hours. You can also request a receipt as well as access any invoices at my.icaew.com/receipts

You will need to log into your account to access this page, before selecting the relevant invoice/receipt. These will then be sent to your registered email address. If your email address has changed, please update this first by logging on to your ICAEW account and choosing edit my details

Please note: Receipts cannot be issued before payment being made. If they payment was made by your employer under arrangement with ICAEW, you will not have access to a receipt, as this would be with your employer.

Making changes online to your membership

I have made changes online regarding my subscription/membership and they do not appear when I login. What can I do?

If you make any changes online you must click on the 'Confirm and Pay’ button to ensure the changes become effective. If your membership is paid directly by your employer, you will not be able to make any changes to your subscription. If you would like to add a subscription, you would need to speak with your employer. If you believe you are entitled to a reduced rate subscription, you should email records@icaew.com. If you pay your subscription yourself and are still having issues, please contact our advisors on +44(0)1908 248250.

Membership subscriptions and payment methods

When is the membership subscription due?

The membership subscription is due on the 1 January each year and must be received before 31 March 2017 otherwise your membership is at risk.

What payment methods are available for paying the subscription?

There are several options for paying your subscription fee:-

Online

The easiest and quickest way to pay in online.

Bank transfer

You can pay direct to ICAEW's bank account by using electronic transfer. All fees must be paid in sterling. Please be aware that you will be liable for any bank charges incurred for the transaction. You must ensure that your record number is transmitted with your payment. ICAEW's bank details are as follows:

Name: National Westminster Bank Plc, Milton Keynes
Sort code: 60 14 55
Account number: 82278237
Account name: ICAEW Treasury Account
Swift code: NWBKGB2L
International Banking Number: GB46 NWBK 60 14 55 82 27 82 37
VAT Registration Number: GB245788911

Western Union

You can opt to pay by Western Union online once you have confirmed any changes to your subscription. Select the link below, and select western union as your payment option.

Automated payment line

You can pay by phone via our secure automated 24 hour payment line on +44(0)1908 248250, key press option 1

Cheque/draft

You can pay by cheque or draft. This should be made payable to CHARTAC. You should ensure you reference your membership number on the back of the cheque. Please return the cheque/draft with your billing notice to: 

ICAEW Renewals
PO Box 70611 
London
E10 9DW

If you wish to send your cheque by recorded delivery, please send your payment to: ICAEW room 29, Metropolitan House, 321 Avebury Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 2FZ.

How can I sign up to pay by direct debit?

You can do this online at icaew.com/pay. You will also need to complete the electronic form. The process needs to be done by 12 February 2017. If you encounter any problems in the process please call the members helpline on +44 (0)1908 248250.

Once set up, you will receive an email or letter confirming your direct debit details.

What date do I have to return the direct debit electronic form by?

You need to return the completed form by 12 February 2017.

When will my subscription fee be collected from my account?

This depends on when we receive your completed direct debit form.

  • If we have received and processed the completed form by 12 December 2016, we will collect payment on or around the 3 January 2017.
  • If we have received and processed the completed form by 12 January 2017, we will collect payment on or around the 1 February 2017.
  • If we have received and processed the completed form by 12 February 2017, we will collect payment on or around the 1 March 2017.
Can my employer pay my subscription?

Yes if there is an agreement in place with your organisation we will contact them directly to request payment. You should check this with your employer.

If there is no agreement set up, your employer can send a cheque, or complete a BACS payment. Please ensure they reference your membership number and name clearly, Alternatively we would suggest making the payment and claiming it back from your employer. You and not your employer are responsible for renewing your membership by the due date.

Can I pay my membership subscription in instalments?

Unfortunately, we are no longer able to offer this option. If you are having any financial difficulties or need further support, please contact us as early as possible. As a member you are also eligible for support from CABA. Please contact us, so that we can talk through options in regard to your subscription rate and support available.

I think I have paid the wrong rate, what should I do?

If you think you have paid the wrong subscription amount, please contact us immediately so that we can check you are paying the correct subscription and any amendments to your membership. We can make adjustments to your annual fee up until 31 March.

How can I join a faculty or group after I have already paid for my subscription?

A: Wherever you are located, it is easy to stay connected with ICAEW. Our local societies can keep you informed of the latest news and events in your region, while our faculties and special interest groups offer the most up-to-date developments, thought leadership and guidance in your field. You can also connect with other members or students and grow your professional network with our specialist online communities. You can join a network or group at any time in the year. You can review and join faculties and groups online. These range in price, some are even free to join. Many also entitle you to discounted events.

What were the 2016 subscription fees?

These were the membership fees for 2016:

Annual  £345 
Half year   £172.50 
Retired annual   £172.50 
Reduced annual     £51 
Life membership  £690  (One-off life membership fee)

Reduced rate subscriptions

I am a member on a low income. Would I qualify for a reduced subscription rate?

Yes you may do. Our membership subscriptions are dependent on income levels.  If you are on an income of less than £13,728 you would qualify for the low rate which is £51. If you are earning between £13,729 and £27,456 you would pay the half rate of £177.50.

I will be on maternity leave shortly. What membership options are available to me?

As subscriptions are dependent on income levels, the amount you pay while on maternity leave will depend on your earnings throughout that period.  Maternity pay from your employer is classed as earned income so while this is in place you may still need to pay the full membership fee (see note below on earnings levels).  However, once this ceases and you then receive Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), this is classed as a benefit which would quality you for a lower level fee.

Members on an income of less than £13,728 qualify for the low rate of £51. Members earning between £13,729 and £27,456 would pay the half rate of £177.50.

I am taking a career break. What membership options are available to me?

Members who are on a career break and have no earnings will only need to pay the lower rate of £51 a year. If, however, you do have other earnings, such as income from property, you would have to pay a fee depending on your income level.

Members on an income of less than £13,728 qualify for the low rate of £51. Members earning between £13,729 and £27,456 would pay the half rate of £177.50.

Returning to work after a career break can be a daunting experience. We also offer guidance to help you plan your career break, and support for when you’re ready to return to work.

Please visit our career development area for more information.

I am currently ill and unable to work. What membership options are available to me?

Please contact us on +44 (0)1908 248250 or e-mail our membership team on members.subscriptions@icaew.com to discuss how we can best support you.

Please also be advised that as an ICAEW member, you and your family are able to benefit from the additional support that CABA offer. CABA are a charity that work very closely with the ICAEW and provide 24 hour advice and help, whether it be financial, emotional or legal, should you require it. You can contact them using the below details:

Call: +44(0)1788 556 366
24 hour helpline (UK only): 0800 107 6163
Email: enquiries@caba.org.uk.

Alternatively, you can find out more information by visiting www.caba.org.uk

How can I apply for a reduced rate subscription?

You can apply for a reduced rate online when making your payment.

If you still have are unsure of how to apply please contact the membership team on +44 (0)1908 248250.

I wasn’t aware that the ICAEW offered reduced subscriptions, I was on low income last year and would have qualified. Can I please have a refund?

Unfortunately, applications for any reduction in subscription must be received by the before 31 March in the year to which the subscription applies. We are unable to consider refunds retrospectively.

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Do I have to complete a CPD declaration?

All ICAEW members are required to complete their CPD declaration each year. This is a requirement of membership and failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.

In some circumstances you may be able to claim exemption from CPD.

To claim exemption you cannot:

  • provide any accountancy service (with or without reward)
  • provide any other service for reward
  • act as a trustee, director of a body corporate or in any other capacity which carries with it an equivalent level of legal or financial responsibility
  • have any intention of providing the above services in the future
How do I complete my CPD declaration?

Making a declaration is very straightforward and it only takes a moment.

You simply have to choose from three statements:

  1. Confirm that you have reviewed your training and development needs and have acted to address your requirements, or
  2. Claim exemption from CPD
  3. Claim non-compliance with ICAEWs CPD policy.

You must make you annual CPD declaration for the preceding year before 31 January. This is a requirement of membership and failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.

Does ICAEW offer any courses to help members keep up with their CPD?

Yes, we offer a whole range of CPD courses tailored to member’s requirements. We run most of our courses several times a year and in different locations, so that you can pick a time and a place that fits around your work.

Do I need to attend courses to be compliant with ICAEW's CPD policy?

No. You are the best judge of how much CPD you need to do and which activities will be most beneficial in meeting your learning and development needs. CPD should be proportionate and relevant to your role; there is no need to keep up to date with areas of accountancy which are not directly relevant to your role.

Your CPD can include, for example, focused discussion with colleagues, online research, reading, study of regulations and standards, researching a particular type of issue related to your role, and researching legislation applicable to your role. There is no requirement to achieve a certain number of hours or points, and the notion of structure and unstructured activities no longer exists. There is no requirement to attend a certain number of courses or seminars.

There may be periods when, having reflected, you quite reasonably conclude that you already have all the current skills and knowledge necessary for your work and that you do not need to undertake any further CPD activity at that moment.

Life membership

How do I qualify for free life membership?

If you are fully retired, aged 60 or over and have been an ICAEW member for 30 years or more, you can become a life member by paying a one-off life membership fee of £532.50 (1.5 times the standard annual subscription).

Life membership is free to retired members aged 75 and over, or those who have been a member for at least 50 years.

Life membership will be granted to eligible members, provided that all remunerated business and professional activities have ceased and that a practising certificate, if held, is surrendered.

If you are unable to work due to an incurable and or progressive illness you may also be eligible for free life membership. Please contact a member of our team so we are able to assess your circumstances and provide support to you and your family.

We've negotiated a package of special offers exclusively for ICAEW life members. From holidays and healthcare to fine wine and financial planning advice, our range of offers are a great way to help you enjoy your retirement.

For further information visit icaew.com/life.

What happens if I am a life member and then decide to return to work?

If you return to work you will need to start paying the annual membership fees again.

However, when you do decide to retire you will not have to pay the ‘one off fee’ again to keep your life membership status. 

Will I receive a refund for my life membership fee if I return to work?

Unfortunately, no you will not be able to claim a refund. However, when you do retire, the fee that you previously paid will apply and we can reinstate your life membership status.

Retired membership

What are my membership options now that I have retired?

If you are 60 years of age with 30 years of membership (as at 1 January renewal subscription date), and you have retired or in the process of retiring, you can apply for either:

You may also be eligible for a lower subscription rate.

To discuss your options please contact the membership team on +44 (0)1908 248250.

Can I still do charitable work for no remuneration if I am retired?

Yes retired members can still do charitable work for no remuneration. Volunteering is a great way to enhance and develop new skills, gain valuable experience and make a real difference to an organisation, community project and people’s lives. To support our retired and life members who undertake charity or voluntary work, we are pleased to offer them free membership of the Charity and Voluntary Sector Group.

Join the group to receive practical support, information and representation within the charity and voluntary sector

Undertaking charitable or voluntary work would only impact CPD if you are not eligible for CPD exemption. You are eligible for exemption if you were to:

  • provide any accountancy service (with or without reward)
  • provide any other service for reward
  • act as a trustee, director of a body corporate or in any other capacity which carries with it an equivalent level of legal or financial responsibility

If you are not eligible for exemption, any CPD should be relevant and proportionate to the activity you are doing. You do not need to attend events, or complete unnecessary hours of development activity. Please read the CPD guidelines and declaration statement.

Resignations

How do I go about informing ICAEW that I wish to resign?

Before you make a final decision about resigning, please give us a call so that we can discuss all options and benefits that you might not be aware of. It may be that you are eligible for a reduced membership fee or you may qualify for life membership. Unfortunately leaving membership means that you are unable to keep your designatory letters, or call yourself a chartered accountant – something you worked hard to achieve. 

I’ve decided to resign. What should I consider?

Once your membership has ceased, you will no longer be able to refer to yourself as a Chartered Accountant or use the designatory letters ACA or FCA after your name. You will need to update any business cards, stationery, social media accounts such as LinkedIn, and your CV to reflect this.

Should you wish to apply for membership again in the future, please be aware there are additional charges and CPD requirements associated with this.

Can I suspend my ICAEW membership?

You cannot suspend your membership but you can apply for resignation as an alternative (see FAQ on resignations). You may also wish to check if you qualify for a reduced rate membership (see FAQ on reduced rates and how to qualify).

Practising Certificate / Practice Assurance

When is a Practising Certificate required?

Before you engage in public practice in the UK or the rest of the EEA, you need to hold an ICAEW practising certificate (PC) and comply with our Professional Indemnity Insurance and Practice Assurance Regulations. This is irrespective of whether you hold a PC with another body, with some exceptions. For further information please read our practice guidance.

If you are still unsure of whether you need to hold a Practising Certificate please call our Regulatory Information team on +44 (0)1908 248250.

How do I apply for a Practising Certificate?

To apply for a Practising Certificate, please download and complete an application form.

You should read the guidance notes for applicants before completing the Practising Certificate application form. Applications are normally processed within 28 days.

If you have any further questions, please email postqual@icaew.com or call us on +44 (0)1908 248 250.

How do I cancel my Practising Certificate?

There are two options available to you.

  1. You can email records@icaew.com and let them know you wish to cancel. If you are a sole practitioner you must also provide details of your firm and the date of closure. If you unable to email us you can let us know in writing. We cannot accept notification verbally.
  2. You can initially cancel via the members fees and subs page but you will also need to follow up in writing or via email to records@icaew.com.
Do I need to pay a full year rate for my practising certificate if I cease practising during the year?

Yes a Practising Certificate is required even if you practice for as little as a day a year. Unfortunately, there is no reduced rate for part of the year. However, we may be able to review your subscription rate, or provide you with some support. Please do get in touch so we can talk through your options.

Do I have to pay for Practice Assurance if I hold a practising certificate but reside outside the UK but within the EEA?

Yes if you reside outside the UK but within the EEA you will still need to pay for Practice Assurance.

Job support

What support does the ICAEW give to members looking for a job?

Finding a job can be quite a job in itself. That’s why we’ve set up a recruitment website specialising in jobs for ACAs and an online careers community where you can get free advice from our experts.

  1. Did you know ICAEW have a jobs portal, icaewjobs.com? Here you can access over a 1000+ jobs and also upload your CV to let recruiters know that you are looking for a job.

  2. You would be eligible for free membership to some of our special interest groups (up to seven).
  3. We offer a selection of events tailored specifically for members on a career break or who are returning to work. We also have a host of events for members on a reduced rate or who are unemployed. Please visit the events website or call the events team on +44 (0)1908 248159.
  4. CABA provide advice on careers and will also offer help with your CV. For a full listing of support either go to the CABA website or call the support line +44 (0)800 107 6163.
  5. Don’t forget if you are currently out of work, you may be eligible for a lower subscription rate.

For the complete list of full benefits please visit our career development portal.