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After your application

An overview of what happens after you have submitted an application - from receiving your results to becoming an ICAEW member.

Exam results

You will receive your exam results by email on the stated date.

What happens if you pass?

If you have been successful, you will receive an email inviting you to apply for ICAEW membership.

Once you receive your invitation to membership you can become a member straight away. You have 12 months to become an ICAEW member before you go into delayed membership. More information on that below.

Please bear in mind that the invitation does not mean you have become a member. In order to go into ICAEW membership, you will need to complete a short online form and pay your membership and admission fees. If you prefer to pay using a different method, other options are available.

You are entitled to use the ACA designation only from the date of your official admission into ICAEW membership. (ie, once you have paid your ICAEW admission and membership fee plus your practising certificate fee where required).

Becoming an ICAEW member

Once you have successfully passed Pathways and been invited to join ICAEW, you can apply for membership straight away. We advise you to do so as soon as possible.

ICAEW membership fees run from 1 January to 31 December. ICAEW admission fee is a standard rate irrespective of what time of year you join.

Please note that you cannot call yourself an ICAEW Chartered Accountant or use the ACA designatory letters until we have confirmed that you can do so, otherwise disciplinary action may be taken against you.

If you delay applying for ICAEW membership for 12 months or more, there are penalties and additional costs to pay (see delayed membership section below).

Once you have paid your fees you can be admitted to ICAEW membership. We will post your ICAEW membership certificate to you automatically approximately six-eight weeks after your ICAEW admission date.

Please note: Your membership certificate will only be issued in the name you used in your Pathways application.

Practising certificate fees

These fees include the Practice Assurance fee. If you are unsure about Practice Assurance or about your requirement to hold an ICAEW practising certificate, please refer to the practising regulations at icaew.com/regulations.

ICAEW delayed membership fee

If you delay your entry into ICAEW membership for 12 months or more after your eligibility date – which for Pathways applicants is the date you receive your exam results – you must provide additional information and you incur additional costs as below:

  • an extra £100 of administrative cost
  • you are required to submit a reference from an ICAEW member with whom you have worked for at least two years
  • you are required to submit a reference from your current employer
  • an updated CV / career resumé

Reduced subscriptions fee – low rate

You may be eligible for a reduced ‘low rate’ ICAEW annual membership subscription fee if as a member, your status as of 01 January in any year is covered by one of the categories below:

  • Career break
  • Registered as unemployed
  • Full time student (maximum one year)
  • Any illness that prevents the taking up of gainful employment
  • Below income level A of Regulation 3 ie, if you earn less than £14,794.

Reduced subscriptions fee – half rate

You may be eligible for a reduced ‘half rate’ ICAEW annual membership subscription fee if as a member, your status as of 1 January in any year is covered by:

  • Your annual income (excluding pensions and state benefits) is between £14,795 but less than £29,588 for you to be eligible for half rate ICAEW annual membership subscription fee.

What happens if you do not pass?

If you have been unsuccessful at passing your Examination of Experience, we will also email the examiner feedback to you which will help you understand which questions you have failed and why.

We encourage those who have not passed to re-submit at the next session. As they have had first contact with the Examination of Experience, they know what to expect and can prepare more easily.

Please visit the dedicated page to find out more about re-submissions.