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The ACA qualification is one of the most advanced learning and professional development programmes available. It has integrated components which gives your employees in-depth understanding across accountancy, finance and business. Combined they help build the technical knowledge, professional skills and practical experience needed to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

Each component of the ACA is designed to complement each other. Students put theory into practice, and can understand and apply what they learn to their day-to-day work.

ACA qualification

15 Exam Modules

ACA students gain in-depth knowledge across a broad range of topics in accountancy, finance and business. The modules are designed to fit with their practical experience, so they constantly progress through the qualification.

The 15 modules over three levels can be taken in any order with the exception of the Case Study which has to be attempted last. Students must pass every exam (or receive credits) – there are no options. This ensures, that once qualified, all ICAEW Chartered Accountants have a consistent level of knowledge, skills and experience.

ACA exams

3-5 years practical work experience

Working with an employer enables ACA students to put what they are learning into practice. During their training agreement period, students should accumulate and show evidence of at least 450 days of practical work experience. This excludes exam days, holidays, courses, illness and office administration. Practical work experience is undertaking real-life work of a financial, business and/or commercial nature.

Ethics and Professional Scepticism

Ethics is more than just knowing the rules around confidentiality, integrity, objectivity and independence. It’s about identifying ethical dilemmas, understanding the implications and behaving appropriately. We integrate ethics throughout the ACA qualification to develop students’ ethical capabilities – so they’ll always know how to make the right decision, even when no one’s looking.

Professional Development

This component will give your employees the skills to handle a variety of situations throughout their career. ICAEW Chartered Accountants are widely known for their professionalism. They know how to spot and communicate risks and provide interventions. They also know how to adapt to changing circumstances and engage with technology.