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ACA training agreement FAQs

Frequently asked questions about ACA training agreement.

All answers are accurate as of June 2011, unless otherwise stated.

I am an ACA student Can I use the ACA letters after my name?
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No. You cannot use the designatory letters ACA after your name until you are admitted to membership as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. ICAEW treats any inappropriate use of the ACA designation as a very serious offence.

What is an ACA training agreement?
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It is a formal, written agreement between a student and an employer that is specific to your ACA training. It outlines the support you will receive from your employer while you study and what is expected from you in return.

Your training agreement is likely to cover;

What is required to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant?
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If you are based outside the UK, please go ACA training in other countries for more information.

There are four essential elements of the ACA qualification that need to be successfully completed to be eligible for ICAEW membership. These are: the examinations, technical work experience (TWE), initial professional development (IPD) and structured training in ethics (STE).

In addition, students must complete a training agreement for a minimum of three years and undergo regular appraisal/progress reviews during that time with your employer. When you have completed these elements and provided a copy of your completed ETWE (evidence of technical work experience) form to ICAEW, you will be invited to ICAEW membership.

You will need to complete the ICAEW membership application form and send the appropriate fee. ICAEW will then send a membership certificate to you. Once you are admitted to membership as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant, you are then entitled to use the designatory letters, ACA, after your name.

How many years can you reduce and extend a training agreement by?
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Most students must have a minimum of a three year training agreement (unless you have registered through the AAT-ACA Fast Track route or meet requirements for a reduction in the length of a training agreement). The length of a training agreement shall be determined in accordance with the ACA student regulations and by agreement between the student and authorised training employer which is to provide the approved training. The maximum period of time a student may enter into a training agreement is five years, unless the student is training under a strategic degree or other programme offered in partnership with an ICAEW Partner in Learning.

Do I have to complete all of my training agreement at one organisation?
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ICAEW encourages students to stay with their employer for the duration of their training agreement where possible. If you change employer part way through, they must be an ICAEW authorised training employer (ATE) for your ACA training to continue.

In addition, any new employer could ask you to complete additional technical work experience or training to demonstrate your skills and also to help them recover any training costs. A training agreement at any new employer would need to be for a minimum of three months and include at least 65 days of technical work experience.

If you complete all four elements of the ACA (exams, TWE, IPD and STE) prior to the end of your training agreement, are you required to stay with your employer until the end of your training agreement?
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You cannot apply for ICAEW membership until you have fully completed your ACA training agreement. ICAEW encourages students to stay with their employer for the duration of their training agreement where possible.

Any new employer could ask you to do additional technical work experience or training to demonstrate your skills and also to help them recover any training costs. A training agreement at any new employer would need to be for a minimum of three months.

I am changing employer part way through my ACA training agreement, what do I have to do?
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Make sure that your ETWE form (and Audit Qualification application form if applicable) is up to date and signed by the QPRT, PRT or Deputy QPRT when your training agreement is cancelled. Make sure you keep copies of your documents – for you and for your future employer!

You should make sure that you have gained online sign offs (from your employer) against all the IPD and STE stages/levels that you have completed so far. Keep all your records accurate and keep any required supporting evidence you might need (eg, job sheets, diaries etc).

Do I need to get any forms or sign offs completed before I leave if I change employer part way through my ACA training agreement?
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Yes. If you get all your documentation signed off in a timely fashion, then if you do move to another employer part way through your training agreement, you can continue from where you left off. If you do not get these signed off, it may delay your progression into membership as you will have to re-demonstrate your skills to your new employer.

Remember your new employer cannot sign off any work experience you gained while you were working at your previous employer, so you must get everything signed before you leave. You should therefore always make sure that your records are accurate and up to date before you consider moving to a new employer!

If you change employers half way through your training agreement, how do you record this?
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The following things need to happen:

  1. The employer you are leaving must cancel your ACA student registration with us.
  2. Your new employer (who must be an ICAEW authorised training employer (ATE)) must re-register you as an ACA student with us.

Employers can also contact the employer helpline on +44 (0)1908 248 250 for further information and relevant forms.

I have switched employer during my training agreement and have not done IPD and STE so far. Do I need to get those IPD and STE stages signed off by my new employer or previous employer?
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Your new employer can only sign off development and ethical behaviour evidenced by them ie, at your new place of work. So you will need to complete all the IPD and STE requirements with your new employer. But remember, you are not losing development; you just have to demonstrate it to your new employer. If you have the skills, then you should quickly be able to demonstrate them, so it should not delay the completion of IPD or STE.

Should my ACA training agreement be extended if I can’t sit the Case Study exam before the end of my training agreement?
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ICAEW regulations state that the Case Study exam cannot be sat until the final year of a training agreement. However, students can have completed their training agreement before sitting the Case Study. So, in this case, you do not need to extend your training agreement.

If you have not completed your technical work experience (TWE) within your training agreement, you would need to extend the agreement to ensure you accumulated enough TWE to meet requirements.

Your employer may wish to extend your training agreement if you have not yet completed the elements of IPD and STE.

If I’ve finished my three year training but not finished all the ACA examinations, do I need to extend my training agreement?
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No. You would however need to extend your training agreement is if you hadn’t completed enough TWE during your agreement, or you have changed employer in the final stages of your training. Failure to complete IPD and STE could also result in an extension of your training agreement being required

I am a student who started on the old ACA syllabus (before 2007). I am currently out of an ACA training agreement due to personal reasons, but I now wish to carry on. What should I do?
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Ideally, we would need more information to be able to help you fully. However, with the information you have given here, you have several alternatives that you can investigate.

  • If you are still with the same employer (as the one where you had your training contract), you could talk to your employer about re-registering your training agreement. If this is suitable, ICAEW may require you to re-sit some of the examinations.
  • ICAEW has an online ‘Available Student Register’ which lists all those ACA students who are part way through training but have either been made redundant or have had their training agreement terminated and would like to continue their ACA studies. If this is applicable to you, you could register your details at icaew.com/careers (click onto the Training Vacancies button).
  • ICAEW has an online register where employers can register the ACA training vacancies they have available. You could look at this to see if you can find an employer with whom you’d like to work. You can find the Training Vacancies section at icaew.com/careers.
  • You can contact the student support helpline on +44 (0)1908 248 250 for further advice and guidance

If you started the ACA before 2007, please contact the student support team to discuss the upcoming changes to the ACA.

I have not yet completed my training agreement, but have now completed my 450 TWE days and my IPD and STE. Can I submit these records before the end of my three year training agreement?
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You will need to submit your ETWE form at the end of your training agreement. In addition to the ETWE form confirming your 450 days of TWE it is also evidence that you have completed your training agreement and that your employer considers you eligible for ICAEW membership.

I have done all my ACA exams and have 450 days of technical work experience. However, I still have three months left on my training agreement. Do I still have to do this?
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For all questions/answers relating to technical work experience, please see technical work experience (TWE) FAQs.

My employer has asked me for a hard copy of the details I entered when I registered as an ACA student with ICAEW. How do I view or get a copy of my full student registration details?
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Your employer already has access to all this information. They can access your student registration details, training records and sign off procedures at icaew.com/employersonlineaccess.

Who is eligible to study the ACA in two years?
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Some individuals with previous professional qualifications (such as AAT, CICPA, ICASL etc) may be eligible. For more details, please see Join us as a member of another body or contact the student support team.

What documentation do I need to provide ICAEW to demonstrate that I am eligible for membership?
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You will need to prove to ICAEW that you have successfully completed all the required components of the ACA.

  • ICAEW will have records of your exam history and will be aware of when you have successfully completed all the relevant exams.
  • To demonstrate your completion of TWE you will need to send a hard copy of your completed Evidence of Technical Work Experience (ETWE) form to ICAEW (keep the original safe for your records). This must be signed by your QPRT (qualified person responsible for training), PRT (person responsible for training) or Deputy QPRT at your organisation.
  • For IPD and STE, you need to have the online sign offs completed by your employer.

You will also need to have completed your ACA training agreement. ICAEW has records of your agreed training period but your signed ETWE form is confirmation from your employer that you have completed your training agreement and are considered eligible for membership.

If you are planning to apply for the Audit Qualification (AQ) you will also need to submit your Audit Qualification application form.

Once your ETWE form has been approved and ICAEW has confirmed that you have completed the essential components of the ACA you will be invited to apply for membership.

When I apply for ICAEW membership, what are the forms/things that need to be presented in hard copy format?
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The only hard copy evidence required by ICAEW is your completed ETWE form.

If you have not completed your IPD and/or STE online sign offs, you will also need to submit hard copy IPD and STE declaration forms.