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Train the ACA

Attract, retain and develop the next generation of chartered accountants with our world-leading chartered accountancy qualification, the ACA.

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Agile business leaders

Creates leaders, creators and big thinkers who can look beyond the numbers and drive efficiency in your organisation.


Attract and retain talented employees

Stand out as an employer of choice for the candidates you want to attract.


Diverse entry routes

Entry routes available for school leavers, graduates, experienced professionals, and career changers.


Flexible training options

Flexible exam and tuition options from our 160+ providers across the world.


High pass rates

87% of students qualify within four years.


Trusted advisers

Develops trusted business advisers who know how to make ethical decisions and justify them.

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The ACA at a glance

From accounting firms to Premier League football teams and entrepreneurial start-ups, over 7,000 organisations in over 70 countries offer ACA training.

Who can you offer ACA training to?

We offer a diverse range of entry routes allowing you train school leavers, graduates, experienced professionals, or career changers.

How long does ACA training take?

ACA training typically takes 3 - 4 years to complete, however this can vary depending on your trainees experience and the route they follow.

ACA fees

  Current From 1 July 2024 
Annual student fee £197.00 + VAT  £197.00 + VAT
Exam entry £80.00 - £272.00  £85.00 - £275.00
Learning materials £37.00 - £96.00  £37.00 - £96.00
Tuition Varies by provider

The four elements of the ACA

The ACA is made up of four elements, each designed to build the technical knowledge, professional skills, and practical experience your student needs to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

  • Practical work experience

    Students need to complete a minimum of 450 days of practical work experience as part of their training. This does not need to include audit work.

  • The ACA exams

    The ACA is made up of 15 exams spread over three levels: the Certificate Level, the Professional Level, and the Advanced Level. Each exam has been designed to fit students practical experience as they progress through the qualification and gain an in-depth knowledge of accountancy, finance, and business. Students may be able to claim up to 12 exam exemptions depending on their previous studies and experience.

  • Professional development

    ICAEW Chartered Accountants are known for their professionalism and expertise, building trust, spotting, and communicating risks and utilising technology. Students are required to work their way through seven professional skills areas to prepare them for the situations they will encounter throughout their career in accountancy.

  • Ethics and professional scepticism

    Ethics is integrated throughout the ACA, developing trusted advisors who know how to make ethical decisions and justify them. Throughout their training, students will learn the principles that underpin the ICAEW Code of Ethics, and importantly, they will learn how to apply these principles via an Ethics Learning Programme, a series of Ethics in Practice scenarios and the exams.

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Getting started with ACA training

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How ACA training works

An overview to ACA training. Find out what it is, how it works and what’s involved with training ACA students.

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Why choose the ACA

Attract top quality professionals to your organisation. Discover the benefits ACA training can bring to your business.

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Training routes

Explore the entry routes available for school leavers, graduates, experienced professionals and career changers.

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Become authorised to train

Becoming authorised to train an ACA student is a simple process. Find out what is involved and how to apply.

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Level 7 Accountancy Professional Apprenticeship

If you are an organisation based in England, you can access government funding and offer the ACA as a Level 7 apprenticeship.

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