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Become authorised to train ACA students

It's incredibly easy to train ICAEW Chartered Accountants. Thousands of organisations attract and retain talented individuals by offering the prestigious ACA qualification. So, if you’re looking to ensure your organisation can achieve its ambitions, join the growing number of employers globally who are authorised to train ACA students.

Before you begin training, you will need to be authorised by ICAEW. You don’t need to be a particular type of organisation to become authorised. We have around 5,000 authorised training employers around the world – both large and small, from every kind of sector.

It is a simple three-step process that is free of charge and usually takes 3-4 weeks.

Become an ATE

Get in touch

As a first step, our regional business development managers can discuss your options, helping you to ensure you choose the option that is right for you. To arrange a meeting with your nearest business development manager, visit our contact us page. Alternatively you can call us on +44 (0)1908 248 094 or email bds@icaew.com.

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Apply to become authorised

After discussing your options with one of our Business Development Managers, the next step is for you to complete the application form to become authorised to train.

In order to choose the form relevant to your needs, please look at your options below:

Are you authorising your employer?

By authorising your organisation to offer ACA training, you provide them with Authorised Training Employer (ATE) status.

The application form needs to be completed by the person nominated as the organisation’s Qualified Person Responsible for Training (QPRT). As the QPRT, you will be responsible for the delivery of ACA training and our main point of contact. You will take an active lead in the development of your ACA students and ensure that our training standards are being maintained.

Are you an ICAEW member?

Not an ICAEW member?

Please note, if there is an ICAEW member within your organisation, they should be nominated in your application to act as an Adviser to the QPRT. This ensures close links with ICAEW are maintained. If you are unable to nominate an ICAEW member, a QPRT Adviser will be appointed upon your visit by one of our Training Managers.

Are you authorising yourself?

By authorising yourself to offer ICAEW training in your organisation, you become an Authorised Training Principal (ATP).

This means you will be responsible for the delivery of ACA training and our main point of contact. You will take an active lead in the development of your ACA students and ensure that our training standards are being maintained.

If you plan to train more than three students, we recommend that you authorise your employer. You can still choose to be the one overseeing ACA training.