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ACA fees

There are fees associated with training to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. These include tuition fees, exam entry and learning materials. Students who have secured an ACA training agreement are generally supported with some or all of these costs by their employer, so this information is also useful for employers. Independent students are responsible for paying the fees associated with their studies.

Student fees

The standard annual student fee is £180 + VAT (if applicable). This fee is paid on registration, where applicable, and then on 1 January each year.

Independent students please note that the date of registration may change the fee paid for that year:

  • When registering between 1 July and 31 October, there will be a half-year fee + VAT.
  • When registering between 1 November and 31 December the full annual fee will apply, but in this instance, the first annual bill will be issued after 13/14 months.

Annual student fees and exam entry fees
The authorised training employer is responsible for paying the student’s annual registration fees and exam entry fees, unless these have been explicitly passed on to the student. If training ceases, any liability for the student fee remains in place.

Tuition fees

Tuition costs vary depending on the provider used and the location. Also, costs for classroom tuition may differ from those where tuition is provided online or on a one-to-one basis.

ACA exam fees

These vary depending on which exam is taken and are payable upon registering for an exam.

  • Certificate Level exam fee: £72
  • Professional Level exam fee: £103
  • Advanced Level exam fee: £175 
  • Case Study exam fee: £267 

Credit for prior learning

The costs for applying for credit for prior learning are £72 for each Certificate Level exam and £103 for each Professional Level exam.

Credit is not available for Advanced Level exams.

Students in some countries may be eligible to receive credit at a reduced cost or free. For more information on this please contact our student support team on +44 (0)1908 248 250 or studentsupport@icaew.com

Learning materials

ICAEW Workbooks and question banks are now available digitally on ICAEW Bookshelf. The digital workbooks work much like printed books in that students can still write notes on them and highlight them, but with the additional benefits of being able to search for key terms, change the settings to make them easier to read, it even provides a text to speech function. The new ICAEW Workbooks combine our skills and syllabus learning support content with study manual content all one publication, making it easier for students to study.

Students will need to purchase the most up-to-date learning materials for each of the exams studied. It’s a good idea to check with the tuition provider before purchasing any learning materials, as these may be included in their tuition costs.

Learning material costs for exams in 2021

Costs for the 2021 learning materials will look a bit different from previous years. As part of the move to digital learning materials, we are able to offer our materials in bundles which include the relevant permitted texts. View the costs for 2021 learning materials here.

ICAEW invoices

Where costs are being covered by an employer, our invoices will be sent to the qualified person responsible for training (QPRT) or authorised training principal unless we are notified otherwise. Employers can email studentsupport@icaew.com to nominate an alternative contact or call +44 (0)1908 248 250.