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Authorised Training Principal

Authorised training principals (ATP) are required to manage the delivery of ACA training and be the main point of contact with us. They will take an active lead in the development of their ACA students and ensure that our training standards are being maintained.

The role of an ATP is not onerous: monitoring their ACA students is a straightforward, online process. ICAEW staff are also on hand to guide them throughout their students’ training and can offer advice on all aspects of ACA training when needed.

Who can be an ATP?

Register as an ATP

To register as an ATP, download and complete the one-page application form.

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An ATP should have a CCAB qualification, for example, ICAEW, ACCA, CIPFA, ICAS, CAI, or an equivalent professional accountancy qualification awarded by a nationally recognised body, and should be in a senior position within their organisation. They must also have at least two years of membership of their professional body.

There can be up to three authorised training principals within one organisation and each can oversee a maximum of four students. If the number of students or ATPs increases, we recommend that your organisation becomes an authorised training employer.

The ATP scheme is available around the world.

Responsibilities as an ATP

Overseeing students

The responsibilities of an ATP includes ensuring that their students hold the required qualifications to undertake the ACA. They also need to issue an ACA training agreement.

Work experience

ATPs are required to:

  • provide their students with at least 450 days practical work experience (or 300 days where eligible);
  • plan and implement training programmes to allow sufficient range and depth of experience;
  • ensure that students are adequately supervised;
  • ensure that students complete the professional development requirements; and
  • ensure that students’ progress is reviewed every six months.


They will be able to help their students to select appropriate study programmes, set policies for exam performance, study leave and financial support (if appropriate) and implement a system of monitoring study and exam performance, providing support where needed.

Ethics and professional scepticism

Within your students' workplace, you are also required to:

  • provide professional ethics training; and
  • promote an ethical environment and the discussion of ethical issues with their students.

On a day-to-day basis

As an ATP you will be able to:

  • view their students online training file which includes the training agreement history, exam and education history, credit for prior learning awarded and exam applications; and
  • conduct six-monthly reviews with their students;
  • update or cancel their students’ training agreement; and
  • conduct the final sign off online to confirm their students’ professional development, ethics and professional scepticism, practical work experience and to certify that the student is fit and proper to become an ICAEW member at the end of their training agreement.