Who is eligible to apply?
In order to apply for ICAEW membership through the Pathways scheme, applicants need to meet certain criteria.
To be eligible to apply for ICAEW membership through Pathways, you must fully meet all six eligibility criteria.
Most of these will also need to be included in your Letter of Good Standing.
1) Full member of a professional body
You must be a current and fully qualified member holding full membership from one of the bodies below:
- The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- The Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CICPA)
- The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
- The Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA)*
* Individuals who joined HKICPA as members from the Association of International Accountants (AIA) before 01 June 2008 are not eligible to apply for Pathways.
- The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB)
- The Institute of Chartered Accountants (Ghana) (ICAG)
- The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI)
- The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nepal (ICAN - Nepal)
- The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN - Nigeria)
- The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP)
- The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka)
- The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK)
- The Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA)
- The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA)
- The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Greece (SOEL)
Unfortunately, if you are a student or part-qualified member of one of these bodies you are not eligible to apply for Pathways, as you are not a fully-qualified member.
2) Five years of full membership
You must have at least five years of full membership (completed in full by the relevant submission deadline) of that professional body as a fully-qualified member.
Any time you spent as a student or part-qualified member cannot be counted towards the five year requirement as you would not have been fully qualified during that time.
3) Membership gained through normal education and training route
You must have gained membership of your professional body through the normal education and training route (as opposed to through any kind of reciprocal membership agreement or full or advanced credit/ exemption arrangement).
The definition of “normal route” may differ from one body to the other, so please check with yours to see if you meet this criterion.
4) CPD compliance
As a fully qualified current member, you need to be compliant with the continuing professional development (CPD) requirements of your professional body.
5) Good disciplinary record
You need to be a member in good standing with a good disciplinary record and no outstanding complaints against you.
6) Sponsor support
Your application will need to be supported by an eligible sponsor. This must be an individual who holds current membership of a professional body that is a full IFAC member body and who knows you, and who is in good standing, is compliant with the CPD requirements of that body and who has a good disciplinary record with no complaints outstanding against them. For full sponsor requirements, please see sponsor criteria.