Certificate Level exams
Each of the six Certificate Level modules are assessed by 1.5 hour computer-based exam. To take one of these exams you will need to attend an ICAEW-approved test centre.
The exam process is efficient and effective. Students simply input their answers into the computer and their results can usually be accessed the next day via the exam section of the website.
Applying for Certificate Level exams
If you are in a training agreement, before booking you should first speak to your employer as they may have made arrangements for your exams to be scheduled along with your tuition.
As tuition providers generally only allow their own students to sit exams at their centres, they are not shown on the Pearson VUE website. For more information regarding tuition provider exam centre locations, please see the contact details below:
We have tuition provider exam centres in the following countries:
For more details please contact our international offices.
From 4 March, you will book your Certificate Level exams at my.icaew.com/examsonline,or to access this page via the online training file, simply log in to your training file, go to the Examinations tab and click on 'Apply for an exam', this will take you straight to the booking site. You will book your exam with Pearson Vue, but you wont need any additional log in details.
Preparing for the exams
There is a variety of exam resources available to you including: study articles, the syllabus, webinars and computer-based exam guidance.
Sitting a Certificate Level exam
You are not restricted to specific exam date sittings, giving you and your employer greater flexibility in arranging study and exam timetables to fit with work schedules and your organisation's business needs. Accredited test centres may be tuition provider-approved test centres or Pearson VUE test centres.
From the 1 January 2019 you will need to take your own calculator to the exam. Please ensure that you bring a calculator on the day of your exam, as calculators will no longer be provided by the test centre. Please note that only calculators from the approved list are permitted. There is also an on-screen calculator available for use should you need it.
You need to take two pieces of identity to the exam centre:
- one must contain your photograph and your signature (for example, a current passport or photographic driving licence); and
- the other form of identity must contain your signature (for example, credit card or any of the above).
In addition, when you arrive at the exam centre and at the start of the check in process, you will be asked to provide a digital signature. This helps us to identify you and also confirms that you agree with all the candidate rules. A high-quality digital photo will also be taken, using image-quality intelligence software to produce a standardised passport-style photo that meets rigorous quality standards.The invigilator will then compare your signature and photo with your ID and previous exam data. All student data will be securely stored and protected by Pearson VUE in line with GDPR.
Cancelling or rescheduling an exam
To cancel or re-schedule an exam, you must provide at least 24 hours’ notice to be provided with a refund.
If you scheduled your exam online via the Pearson VUE website, please re-schedule or cancel your exam here.
If your exam has been scheduled by your tuition provider, please contact them directly as their cancellation policy may differ.
If you have booked the exam but are unable to attempt it due to illness or injury you are expected to reschedule the date of the exam.
You will receive a reminder email 48 hours before your scheduled exam time. You will need to ensure that all details are accurate and if your plans have changed, you can reschedule or cancel your exam up to 24 hours before you are due to sit to be eligible for a refund.
Re-sitting the exam
If you do not pass the exam on your first attempt, you can apply to submit an application to re-sit the exam immediately. You are, however, advised to discuss re-sits with your employer.
ICAEW allows a maximum of four attempts for each Certificate Level module. Your employer may however have set their own policy as to how many attempts they will support within this limit. You are therefore advised to discuss this with your qualified person responsible for training (QPRT), or counsellor.
Access arrangements for exams
If you feel your exam performance may be hindered due to a health condition, disability, or specific learning difficulty (SpLD), we may be able to put access arrangements in place to support you during your exam(s).
If you would like arrangements to be in place for a specific exam, your access arrangements application needs to be submitted 30 days before the exam date. Please do not book your exam until your arrangements have been confirmed to you.
Before you submit your access arrangements application, please read the guidance for access arrangements.
Should an incident occur during an exam which you believe affected your performance, you may be able to apply for special consideration.
As students receive the results of a Certificate level examination 24 hours from sitting the exam, the process to apply for special consideration is different to applying for any of the ACA Professional and Advanced level exams and is not yet available to apply for online.
Therefore you can make an application for special consideration by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with any supporting evidence within 10 days of your exam.
Before making an application, please refer to the policy which details the types of incidents we would consider.
You will usually receive your results the day after you take the exam. Results will be posted to the students online training file the following day. If you are due to receive your Certificate Level exam results on the same day the ACA Professional or Advanced Level exams results are released, you will receive your results at 12:00 (UK-time). View all Professional and Advanced Level exam results dates within the ACA planner.