The ACA from ICAEW is internationally recognised as a premier financial business qualification in more than 160 countries around the world.
Members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB), who have obtained ICAB membership by complying with its training and examinations requirements, can study for the ACA and apply to join ICAEW.
For ICAB members, the ACA from ICAEW is a combination of exams and ethics training.
Note: Currently ICAB members are exempt from paying credit for prior learning (CPL) fees. This offer is available for a limited period of time.
ICAB members must register with ICAEW to study for the ACA qualification and become eligible to join ICAEW.
When you register with ICAEW, you will need to fully complete an application form and include some supporting documents. These must include:
The one-off registration fee is £165 sterling (+ VAT where applicable).
Please return your fully completed application form and all required supporting documentation to: ICAEW Finance, PO Box 6173, Milton Keynes, MK10 1TW, United Kingdom.
ICAB members who meet the above criteria will need to pass ICAEW's final three examinations. The three ICAEW exams which you must sit and pass are:
The two Technical Integration papers cover all aspects of the syllabus, and require you to demonstrate your knowledge, ability to plan, analyse, interpret and give advice. Each paper is three hours and 30 minutes long.
The Case Study covers all areas of the syllabus and tests your professional skills in the context of a specific business issue. It is four hours long.
To qualify for ICAEW membership, you must also complete ICAEW’s structured training in ethics (STE) online training and assessment programme. This must be done alongside your exams. There are three stages to complete during your studies, which you complete in your own time.
As an ACA student, you must apply online for each of the exams you will sit. There are no restrictions on the number of attempts you are allowed at each of these Advanced Stage exams. However, we would always recommend that you are fully prepared for each exam. You can also find past papers, examiners comments and support for these exams at icaew.com/examresources.
The ACA exams you need to sit and pass are held in July and November each year.
ICAB members in Bangladesh: Exams are held at the British Council. Further details will be available when you apply for an exam sitting.
ICAB members located outside Bangladesh: A full list of UK and international exam centres can be found on the examination entry form (PDF 202KB/7 pages) or once you have registered will be available on the exam applications online section.
Each Technical Integration exam costs £165 sterling per sitting.
The Case Study exam costs £255 sterling per sitting.
Prices are accurate as at December 2011.
You will need to buy the learning materials for the ACA exams: Technical Integration - Business Reporting, Technical Integration - Business Change and the Case Study.
For the Technical Integration papers, the learning materials are a study pack which includes a study manual and a question bank. The 2012 study pack covers both Technical Integration modules and costs £150 sterling (plus postage and packing).
The Case Study 2012 learning materials cost £75 sterling (plus postage and packing) and consist of a study manual and practise case studies, a marks key and answer book.
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Tuition is available for the Technical Integration - Business Reporting, Technical Integration - Business Change and the Case Study exams.
A number of tuition providers offer ACA tuition in a variety of delivery methods around the world. To find out what tuition is available in your region, please go to ACA tuition providers page.
ICAEW provides ACA students with a range of exam resources to help you study for each exam module. You can access:
Exam results for paper-based exam sessions are usually released five weeks after the exam week.
For all questions relating to exams, see Exam FAQs.
As professionals, ICAEW members have a duty to act ethically and in the public interest at all times and not just in isolation whilst they are working. Therefore, all students studying for the ACA qualification have to complete ICAEW’s structured training in ethics (STE) programme. Ethics is also embedded in all relevant ACA exam modules.
STE is an online training and assessment programme which involves interactive case studies, scenarios and self-test questions. There are three stages to complete during your studies.
For all questions relating to structured training in ethics, see STE FAQs.
You will be invited to apply for ICAEW membership once you have passed all of your three ACA examinations and completed all three stages of the structured training in ethics programme (STE). You will need to apply within 12 months of finishing your exams.
Once your ICAEW application has been successful, you will be able to use the prestigious designation 'ACA'.
Membership of ICAEW does not by itself grant practising rights. ICAB members who join ICAEW will be eligible for a practising certificate on the same terms as other ICAEW members.
UK audit rights are controlled by the Professional Oversight Board (POB) and are not awarded to ICAB members joining ICAEW.