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About the ACA qualification

Your guide to the integrated components of the ACA qualification - review the knowledge, skills and experience you need to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant

Student registration

Register as an ACA student so you can book for your assessments


The ICAEW chartered accountancy qualification, the ACA, is one of the most advanced learning and professional development programmes available. Its integrated components provide you with an in-depth understanding across accountancy, finance and business. Combined, they help build the technical knowledge, professional skills and practical experience needed to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

Each component is designed to complement each other, which means that you can put theory into practice and you can understand and apply what you learn to your day-to-day work. Progression through all the elements of the ACA simultaneously will enable students to be more successful in the workplace and exams. The components are:

How it works

An overview of all the information you need to successfully complete the ACA qualification.

ACA evolution

In July 2013, we evolved the ACA qualification. If you started your ACA training before this time, you may by recording the ACA components including exams, IPD, TWE and STE in a slightly different way. 

We recommend that you speak to your employer and tuition provider about if you would like to move over to the evolved ACA. Our student support team is also here to help.

Find out more about the changes that were made at icaew.com/acaevolution or by watching our webinar.