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Ethics and professional scepticism

Ethics is more than just knowing the rules around integrity, objectivity, professional competence and due care, confidentiality and professional behaviour. It's about identifying ethical dilemmas, understanding the implications, making judgements and behaving appropriately, as well as using professional scepticism to build business trust. To develop your ethical capabilities, ethics is integrated throughout the ACA.

 

Important

The ethics and professional scepticism programme you will follow depends on the date you registered with us as a student – this page is designed for students who registered from 1 July 2020. If you registered up to and including 30 June 2020, read the information that applies to you.

How you will develop your ethical capabilities

Developing your ethical capabilities through the ACA will take place in two stages. You are required to complete both stages before your employer completes the final sign-off at the end of your training agreement.

Stage 1

In the first 12 months of your training agreement, you are required to:

  • study and complete all six modules of the Ethics Learning Programme;
  • review the Ethics in Practice scenarios 1-6. Each scenario will relate to a module within the Ethics Learning Programme;
  • take the ethics assessment and achieve a minimum of 70%;
  • hold two six-monthly review meetings with your Qualified Person Responsible for Training (QPRT), counsellor, training manager or principal. In these meetings you will discuss your ethics development and have two ethical discussions (one focusing on one or more Ethics in Practice scenarios you have reviewed and one on a real-life situation in the workplace). Each six-monthly review must be recorded within your training file to show your progress with the programme, scenarios and assessment and will also confirm your two ethical discussions; and
  • apply the ethical skills and principles that you have learnt in practice. This can be done within your daily practical work experience, within the ethical elements included in some of the professional development steps and within the exams.

Stage 2

From month 13 of your training agreement, until your training agreement ends, you are required to:

  • review Ethics in Practice scenarios 7-18;
  • hold a six-monthly review meeting with your Qualified Person Responsible for Training (QPRT), counsellor, training manager or principal every six months. You are required to hold a review every six months throughout the duration of your training agreement. In these meetings you will discuss your ethics development and have two ethical discussions (one focusing on one or more Ethics is Practice scenarios and one on a real-life situation in the workplace). Each six-monthly review must be recorded within your training file to show how you are developing your ethical know-how; and
  • apply the ethical skills and principles that you have learnt in practice. This can be done within your daily practical work experience, within the ethical elements included in some of the professional development steps and within the exams.

We know that you are eager to get going and to start building your ethical know-how, however, we are working on bringing you a new Ethics Learning Programme, assessment and Ethics in Practice scenarios. They will all be available from October 2020. More details will be communicated to you by email in the coming months.