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You may be eligible to apply for credit for prior learning if you hold a professional qualification. Please note that you cannot apply for CPL after attempting the ACA exam.

If you are a qualified member of another professional accountancy body, we may recognise your qualification under one of our membership routes - Join us as a member of another professional body.

Other professional qualifications

ICAEW may from time to time vary its CPL costs for students registering with prior professional qualifications. To benefit from this, you must be registered with the ICAEW as a student in a training agreement or as an independent student before making your CPL application.

Currently there is no charge for CPL for the following groups:

  • ACCA students or affiliates
  • CIMA and CIPFA students
  • SOEL graduates
  • IAI CAFB holders
  • ICASL students on the Joint Membership scheme

If this applies to you, please check our online CPL directory to see what credits may be available.

If you are eligible to apply for CPL under one of the current fee waivers listed, please input the appropriate voucher code in the payment section of the online CPL application.

Please note, applicants who apply using a CPL fee waiver voucher who are not eligible for free CPL will have their application deleted.

If this does not apply to you, please check our credit for prior learning directory to see if credits are available and then apply for credit online along with the appropriate payment.

If your professional qualification is not listed in the CPL directory, it is unlikely you will be eligible for any examination credit. However, please contact cpl@icaew.com with details on your qualification, including a dated certificate and a list of the examinations you passed under the qualification and we will confirm whether any credit is available.

Costs

CPL applications cost £80 per exam at the Certificate Level and £112 for each Professional Level exam.

From 01 July 2024, credit for prior learning application fees will be changing to £85 for each Certificate Level exam and £119 for each Professional Level exam.

From 01 January 2025, credit to prior learning application fees will be changing to £90 for each Certificate Level exam and £125 for each Professional Level exam.

Completing your application

During the application process you will be asked to upload documentary evidence of your professional qualifications and exam results. All documents must be in English and any translations must be formally certified. If you experience difficulties uploading your supporting documents you can email them to cpl@icaew.com quoting your ICAEW student number.

Good quality copies or scanned versions may be used. ICAEW routinely seek external verification from the professional body. Falsified documentation will be referred to our professional conduct department. Original documents are sent at the owner’s risk.

Please note we do not accept screenshots of web notification pages or similar electronic notifications.

Allow up to 14 business days for your completed application, with all supporting documents, to be processed.

Student support team

The student support team is here to help. We recommend that you contact us via our Live Chat or chatbot Mia first.

Online CPL directory

Check our credit for prior learning directory to see if credits are available

Check the CPL directory
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