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Authorised Training Principal

Authorised training principals (ATP) are required to manage the delivery of ACA training and be the main point of contact with us. They take an active lead in the development of their ACA students and ensure that our training standards are being maintained.

The role of an ATP is not onerous: monitoring their ACA students is a straightforward, online process. ICAEW staff are also on hand to guide them throughout their students’ training and can offer advice on all aspects of ACA training when needed.

The ATP scheme is available around the world.

Who can be an ATP?

Register as an ATP

To register as an ATP, download and complete the one-page application form.

Fill in the online form

An ATP should:

  • have a CCAB qualification, for example, ICAEW, ACCA, CIPFA, ICAS, CAI, or an equivalent professional accountancy qualification awarded by a nationally recognised body, AND
  • should be in a senior position within their organisation, AND
  • have at least two years of membership of their professional body.

There can be up to three authorised training principals within one organisation and each can oversee a maximum of four students. If the number of students or ATPs increases, we recommend that your organisation becomes an authorised training employer.

Key responsibilities

Overseeing students

The responsibilities of an ATP include:

  • ensuring that their students hold the required qualifications to undertake the ACA; and
  • issuing an ACA training agreement.

Work experience

ATPs are required to:

  • provide their students with at least 450 days practical work experience (or 300 days where eligible);
  • plan and implement training programmes to allow sufficient range and depth of experience;
  • ensure that students are adequately supervised;
  • ensure that students complete the professional development requirements; and
  • ensure that students’ progress is reviewed every six months.