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Setting and scoring goals: meet Nick Grimes
Your year in ICAEW CFAB
10 ways to spend the holidays
Nailing the ACA and your exams
Exam guides: the inside track on...
Mastering ICAEW CFAB
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My ACA journey series
Ashwini Poopalasingham has started studying for the ACA and we are following her throughout her journey. Read her journey to date and keep an eye out for more to come.
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Setting and scoring goals: meet Nick Grimes
Nick Grimes captains Taunton Town Football Club. He shares how he's found balance with studying for the ACA.
10 ways to spend the holidays
Looking ahead to the festive season? Here’s how you can recharge and reset for the coming year.
My ACA Journey: meet Ashwini Poopalasingham
Ashwini Poopalasingham shares the challenges and rewards of the ACA qualification, strategies for maintaining a work-life balance, and future career goals.
From BFP to ACA: finding the right path
For ACA student Verity Murray, achieving the BFP designation helped demonstrate her hard work and resilience.
The lowdown on… marks feedback
The marks feedback service is an invaluable resource when preparing for an exam retake - here’s how to make the most of it.
What it’s like to… chair a Student Society
Joanna Caley, audit trainee at DSG Accountants, shares her role as Chair of ICAEW’s Liverpool Chartered Accountants Student Association.
What’s it like to… study in Cyprus and Greece?
A student and a recently-qualified member share their experiences of pursuing the ACA in their home countries.
What’s it like to… qualify later in life
Due to unexpected circumstances, Kate Kennerson spread her ICAEW CFAB and ACA studies over a decade – but that has only made the achievement all the sweeter.
How to nail your ethics training
Ethics is fundamental to the ACA and your future career as a chartered accountant acting in the public interest. Here’s how to get the most out of your training.
The lowdown on… exam resources
Whether you’re preparing for ICAEW CFAB/Certificate Level or Case Study exams, there’s lots of help on hand. Here’s a comprehensive guide to what’s available.
My membership journey: the New Members’ Ceremony
Having completed his ACA training in 2021, Chris shares his experience of attending the New Members’ Ceremony at Chartered Accountants’ Hall.
Getting a head start
New to the ACA? Read our top tips to help you navigate the first months of your journey.
Student societies: everyone’s welcome
The ICAEW Student Council and student societies lead by example on diversity and inclusion, giving students a voice and driving change.
Exam guides: the inside track on… Corporate Reporting, Strategic Business Management and Case Study
In the last of our series of guides, tutors share their insights on the Advanced Level Corporate Reporting, Strategic Business Management and Case Study exams.
Sustainability, the ACA and you
Learn how sustainability is being further embedded throughout the ACA qualification to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary in tomorrow’s world.
What’s it like to… be an independent student
Yajna Christna began studying independently before securing an ACA training agreement with her employer. She looks back over her journey so far – and ahead to qualification.
How to find a training agreement
Are you an independent student? If so, you’ll need a training agreement to complete the ACA.
10 things you didn’t know about ICAEW
When you qualify as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant, you become part of a very special heritage. We explore what being a member of the Institute means.
How to nail your Level 7 end-point assessment
Charlotte Partington shares guidance on completing the final step of your ICAEW Level 7 Accounting Professional apprenticeship.
My ACA Journey: practising resilience
Following her biggest exam challenge, Ashwini Poopalasingham talks about the importance of looking after yourself and having a strong support network.
ACA FAQs: your questions answered
From the ICAEW student support team, here are the most frequent ACA queries and where to find additional information.
A to Z: ICAEW Faculties and Communities
Whatever your career interests, join Faculties and Communities for free to access online content, meet like-minded individuals and hear from the experts.
Diversity and inclusion: leading by example
Three ACA students tell us about their career journeys so far, and the value of having inspirational role models.
Meet your Student Council Chair and Vice Chair, 2023-2024
Dominic Buttery and Jas Rayat, ICAEW Student Council Chair and Vice Chair for 2023-2024, talk plans and priorities for the year.
How to nail your Audit Qualification
Confused about the why, when and how of the Audit Qualification? ICAEW Senior Audit Qualification Manager Sarah Muir gives you the lowdown.
Level 7 Project Report: Examiner’s top tips
The Level 7 Accountancy Professional apprenticeship end-point assessment includes the Project Report. Here, one of the examiners talks about the Project Report and in particular factors to consider about plagiarism.
7 things to do this summer
Here’s how to make the most of personal and professional opportunities this summer, including much-needed rest and relaxation.
How to nail your practical work experience
Practical work experience is not just about counting days. Approach it the right way and it will be the foundation for a successful career.
The lowdown on… the exam disruption appeal
If you’re concerned you’ll fail your exam due to disruption, you can apply for the exam disruption appeal. Here’s the appeal process.
What if I lose my training agreement?
Losing your training agreement doesn’t have to mean the end of your ACA journey. There’s plenty of support available to help you.
Completing the ACA while having a young family
Parenthood shouldn’t be a career barrier. We meet two students who are balancing their studies with having young families.
How to approach exam retakes
Facing an exam retake? Shaun Robertson, Director of Education and Qualifications at ICAEW, reveals how to approach sitting exams second time around.
View from the top: Jack Moore
Jack Moore of Nottingham-based Page Kirk Chartered Accountants explains what it’s like to make partner at age 29.
My ACA Journey: the halfway point
Now 18 months into her training agreement, Ashwini Poopalasingham has completed 10 of her 15 exams and the Ethics Learning Programme.
How to nail your personal finances
Paul Day of caba shares his advice on ensuring good financial health now and in the future
Eight of the best ACA student benefits
Here are some of the top perks and support you will receive while training with ICAEW.
What’s it like to… change career to accountancy
Accountancy and psychology may feel like opposite ends of the career spectrum, but Abigail Hitchins found some common ground and transferable skills.
5 reasons to complete ICAEW CFAB
Whether studying ICAEW CFAB alone or ahead of the ACA, here’s a reminder of why you should see it through to the end.
6 ways to nail your professional development
Professional development is an essential part of ACA training. Our Senior Training and CPD Manager explains how to approach it.
The ICAEW CFAB checklist
Here are the resources that will help you complete the ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business qualification smoothly.
What’s it like to… be a Level 7 apprentice
Sunny Yang, apprentice and chair of the London Students Society, shares his experience so far and why he’s passionate about social mobility.
View from the top: Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts, CEO of accountancy training and support provider 2020 Innovation, tells us how he reached his career goal.
How to build your personal resilience
Here’s how a resilient attitude can see you turn negatives into positives and build strong foundations for a healthy working life.
A world of opportunities
With an internationally recognised qualification, the world really is your oyster. Two members tell us where the ACA qualification has taken them.
Celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month
Meet three ACA students who are championing LGBTQ+ rights and promoting diversity and inclusion in the profession.
How to be successful at Professional Level
Ginny Bradwell, Education and HR Director at First Intuition, talks through top tips on how to be successful for the Professional Level exams.
Examiner hints and tips: Financial Accounting and Reporting
Here the examiners share an overview and advice on sitting Financial Accounting and Reporting as one of the earlier Professional Level exams.
A new approach for the New Year
January is the time to set your resolutions… Or is it? Why not try something different with these steps for success.
Tales of the unexpected
What should you do if there is a problem during an exam? Two experts explain the process for exam centres and remote invigilation.
Industry focus: Joe & Seph’s
Isaac Parnell ACA qualified in 2015 and is now finance director at ever-expanding gourmet popcorn-makers Joe & Seph’s. Here he shares his story.
Exam centre versus remote invigilation: Certificate Level/ICAEW CFAB
Deciding whether to sit your next Certificate Level or ICAEW CFAB exam remotely or in an exam centre? Here are the pros and cons for each option.
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