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DChA experience route

Designed for senior professionals in charity accounting and financial management, the Diploma in Charity Accounting (DChA) experience route will formally recognise your achievements and expertise.


  • DChA acknowledges your expertise in charity accounting and financial management at the highest level.
  • On successful completion you will receive the designatory letters, DChA.
  • No formal qualifications needed to apply.
  • Free Charity Finance Professionals Community subscription up to 12 months (for new subscribers only).
  • Complete the DChA experience route Examination of Experience in your own time.
  • DChA award holders have the opportunity to appear on our online Register of Award Holders.

What is the DChA (experience route)?

If you have specialised in the charity finance field by working for, or in, the charity and voluntary sector, you can now gain public recognition for these skills and expertise by obtaining the DChA, through the ICAEW Examination of Experience. Being awarded the DChA means you have demonstrated your expert knowledge of charity accounting and financial management within a strategic, policy and governance context. You will also have the right to use DChA after your name and join a professional, online register of award holders.

DChA (experience route) at a glance

Entry requirements 

Senior professionals who have at least three years’ experience in charity accounting and financial management are eligible to apply. You don't need any formal qualifications.

How to apply To apply for the DChA experience route, you must complete an Examination of Experience which will ask you to answer a series of questions on your experience to date.

View the step-by-step instructions on how to apply
  • 2-3 days to compile the submission
  • £675 + VAT
Submission deadlines
  • 9 May 2022
  • 1 December 2022
  • 18 July 2022
  • 24 January 2023
Receiving your results
  • You will receive your results by letter and email. If your application is successful you will become a DChA award holder and acquire the DChA designatory letters. 
  • You will also have the opportunity to appear on a professional online register and gain up to 12 months free subscription to the Charity Finance Professionals Community (for new subscribers only).