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Adviser to the QPRT

All authorised training employers (ATEs) must appoint a qualified person responsible for training (QPRT). If the QPRT is not an ICAEW member, then the QPRT will need to nominate an ICAEW member to acts as an adviser. This will ensure access to key ICAEW resources and support that can help your organisation and students.

The adviser exists to support the QPRT (rather than directly supporting the students within the organisation).

An adviser to the QPRT must be:

  • a current member of ICAEW with a clean disciplinary record; and 
  • compliant with ICAEW CPD requirements.

Advisers do not need to be in the same office location or organisation as the QPRT. The QPRT can nominate their own adviser or select from a list provided by ICAEW.

Role and responsibilities

  • The role of the adviser is based on the fact that, unlike the QPRT, they have personally gone through the training and examination process to become an ICAEW member. They will act as an informal mentor or sounding board for the QPRT about the realities of qualifying as an ACA, based upon their own experiences.
  • The adviser can perform their role remotely, via email and/or telephone, or in occasional face-to-face meetings, if practicable. There is no obligation for the adviser to meet in person with the QPRT, although this clearly could happen if desired and convenient to both parties.
  • The adviser would not be paid for their role. Their role is predominantly as a source of informal support and guidance to the QPRT.
  • In order to prevent the advisers being over-burdened, they should normally not act for more than six training organisations at any one time.

Day-to-day responsibilities

An adviser to QPRT cannot:

  • See students training agreement history, student exam history, student educational history, credit for prior learning awarded, exam application and online training file
  • Carry out the final sign off online of professional development, ethic and professional scepticism, practical work experience and the fit and proper certification at the end of a period of approved training
  • Update or cancel a training agreement
  • Conduct the six-monthly reviews with student