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Overview of ACA CTA Joint Programme

The ACA CTA Joint Programme is an efficient route for students to achieve two prestigious qualifications. It can also be studied as a Level 7 apprenticeship.

Benefits of the Joint Programme

  • Cost effective
  • Enables students to qualify earlier
  • Flexible study options
  • Opportunity for students to gain specialist expertise
  • Quality and rigour of both qualifications still maintained
  • Reduced study time

What is the joint programme?

The ACA CTA Joint Programme gives students the opportunity to specialise in one of three areas – taxation of major corporates, owner-managed businesses or indirect tax. Employers can work with students to choose the specialism most relevant to their workplace, experience and training. The programme has been designed to maintain the rigorous standards of both ICAEW and CIOT, while offering students a fast-track route to become a specialist in tax.

The ACA CTA Joint Programme at a glance

Entry requirements

Students can join the joint programme on the first day of their ACA training agreement, Level 7 apprenticeship, or partway through a training agreement, providing they work in tax.

Students signing up to the joint programme must also meet the following conditions:

  • ACA students must not have completed the Professional Level Business Planning: Taxation module; and
  • CTA students must not have completed the two CTA Advanced Technical Papers.

What is involved?

Students must pass all of the modules and examinations, as well as the professional development, ethics and practical work experience components of both the ACA and CTA qualifications. Once successfully completed, students will be eligible to apply for membership to ICAEW and CIOT.


The programme is likely to take three to four years to complete. Students can apply for ICAEW membership once all elements of the ACA are completed, and then apply for membership of CIOT once all parts of the CTA qualification are completed.

Study options

Online, distance and classroom study is available for all of the ACA modules. Tuition is available for all of the CTA exams.


Find out more about the exams involved for each of the specialist routes:

Download the brochure

If you are interested in offering the ACA-CTA Joint Programme in your organisation, download the brochure for more information. 

Further information

If you have a question or would like to discuss the joint programme, please contact us.

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