ACA Training (Pre July 2013)
In July 2013, we evolved the ACA qualification. If you started your ACA training before this time, please see below all the information you'll need to help you successfully complete the technical work experience (TWE), initial professional development (IPD) and structured training in ethics (STE) components of ACA training
Prior to July 2013, the ACA qualification comprised of two stages - the Professional Stage and Advanced Stage modules.
Exam sittings for the following Professional Stage application modules are no longer available:
- Financial Accounting
- AAT Financial Accounting Top-Up
- Financial Reporting Taxation.
Parallel running for the three Advanced Stage papers will be available up to and including the July 2015 session.
For further guidance on the transitional arrangements, please see page 18 and 19 of our conversion brochure.
The Advanced Stage consists of two Technical Integration papers and a Case Study.
We recommend that you speak to your employer and tuition provider about continuing with the current components of TWE, IPD and STE or moving over to the evolved ACA.
Please note that the period of parallel running of the Advanced Stage exams is coming to an end. The last exam session for the Technical Reporting Business Change and Business Reporting modules will be July 2015. From November, only the Advanced Level exams will be available. Contact our student support team if you have a question by calling +44 (0)1908 248 250 or email email@example.com
Technical work experience (TWE)
Technical work experience is an integral part of your ACA qualification. During your training agreement, you should accumulate and show evidence of at least 450 days of technical work experience. This excludes exam days, holidays, courses, illness and office administration.
How to complete your TWE
- Record and accumulate evidence of your TWE throughout your ACA training on your ETWE form - your employer and/or ICAEW can ask to review this at any time.
- If you think you are eligible for credit for your prior work experience, read more about credit for prior work experience.
- A completed and signed-off ETWE form is an essential part of your ICAEW membership application.
- Complete your TWE including the Evidence of Technical Work Experience (ETWE) form.
How do I record audit experience?
If you are a student qualifying with a registered auditor authorised to offer adequate audit training, it is possible that you will have enough experience on completion of your training agreement to apply for the UK Audit Qualification.
Initial professional development (IPD)
Initial professional development (IPD) is an integral part of training to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. IPD is designed to help you integrate your exam studies, technical work experience and the development of your professional skills.
The IPD scheme helps ACA students to develop professionally by considering your work experience in five key areas that define a chartered accountant:
- ethics and professionalism
- personal effectiveness
- technical and functional expertise
- business awareness
- professional judgement.
How to complete your initial professional development (IPD)
There are two ways to complete IPD:
- ICAEW's IPD scheme
- Your employers' accredited IPD scheme
Requirements for each scheme are slightly different, please confirm with your employer which IPD scheme you should be following.
- Access and complete the IPD online sign off process - all ACA students in a training agreement need to complete this. You can update and complete your IPD using the online sign off process until 1 July 2015. After this date, please complete your IPD sign off process by downloading either the IPD declaration form A or IPD declaration form B. All information entered in to the online sign off process until 1 July 2015 will be captured and saved, if you still have IPD stages to complete after 1 July 2015, please submit this information using one of the declaration forms.
- Download the IPD declaration form A to update and sign off your IPD, if you are following the ICAEW IPD scheme.
- Download the IPD declaration form B if you are following your employer's accredited IPD scheme.
- For students following the ICAEW IPD scheme, download more information about the five key skills areas of IPD, example IPD student log and the IPD student log which you need to complete.
Structured training in ethics (STE)
Structured training in ethics (STE) is an integral part of training to become a chartered accountant. The STE programme is a training programme based on interactive case studies, scenarios and self-test questions that will help you to develop your professional ethics.
STE will enable you to:
- identify and analyse ethical issues
- develop your knowledge and understanding of ethical guidance and theories
- become familiar with ICAEW ethical guidance
- apply the fundamental principles and other guidance in a practical way to resolve dilemmas.
How to complete your STE training programme
Starting STE or a new stage
- Download the STE programme,
- There are three stages and you should provide your employer with evidence of your work stage by stage for sign off
- Access and complete the STE sign off process. You can update and complete your STE using the online sign off process until 1 July 2015. After this date, please complete your STE sign off process by downloading the STE declaration form. All information entered in to the online sign off process until 1 July 2015 will be captured and saved, if you still have STE stages to complete after 1 July 2015, please submit this information using the STE declaration form
- If you cannot access the STE online sign off process or your training agreement has expired, please download the STE declaration form in hard copy.
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.