Applying to become authorised to train students with us is a simple process. It is free of charge and usually takes 3-4 weeks.
- Register your interest with us and one of our dedicated team will get in touch with you to discuss your training options.
- Complete the relevant application form to become authorised.
- We will then contact you to arrange a meeting with a training manager who will explain our training standards, check that you meet them and provide you with guidance on your roles and responsibilities.
- Once your application has been approved, you will be able to start training students.
Applying to become an Authorised Training Employer
By applying to become an Authorised Training Employer, you are providing your organisation with Authorised Training Employer status. You will need to nominate a qualified person responsible for training (QPRT) who will be responsible for the delivery of training and the main point of contact with ICAEW.
You should apply to become an Authorised Training Employer if your organisation is planning to support your students by covering their training fees, funding their tuition or providing study leave, as well as mentoring them through the ACA. Please note, you must be an Authorised Training Employer to train apprentices.
The application to become an Authorised Training Employer should be completed by the person who has been nominated as your organisation’s QPRT. As the QPRT, you will be responsible for the delivery of ACA training and the main point of contact with us.
Application form for ICAEW members
Application form for non-ICAEW members
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, leave this section on the application form blank and one of our training managers will appoint an adviser during your authorisations meeting.
Applying to become an Authorised Training Principal
By applying to become an Authorised Training Principal, you are authorising yourself to offer ACA training within your organisation and you will be responsible for the delivery of ACA training and the main point of contact with us.
Authorised Training Principals act in a supervisory role. You should apply to become an Authorised Training Principal in the event that you wish to mentor students through the ACA but do not wish to financially assist them during their training.
What to expect during your meeting with a training manager
After you complete your application, a training manager will contact you to arrange a meeting, usually around an hour in length. They will enquire about the scope of work experience available to the students, how students will be supervised, and what the student's role and progression is likely to entail over the training agreement period. They will also explain each component of the ACA qualification, and show you the key guidance you need to make your journey as an employer as smooth as possible.