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What is the Pathways to Membership route?

The Pathways to Membership scheme allows fully qualified members from certain professional bodies to apply for ICAEW membership based on their experience.

What is it?

The Pathways to Membership scheme allows fully qualified members from certain professional bodies to apply for ICAEW membership based on their experience and eventually become ICAEW members.

After a short break since its initial launch, the Pathways route to Membership was reintroduced in 2017, together with our vision to build a world of strong economies. Since then, the scheme has been helping us support, develop and connect with qualified professionals around the globe, who wish to become ICAEW Chartered Accountants and who meet the institute’s high standards.

With a process as demanding and the entry criteria as robust as any route into ICAEW membership, we are delighted that we can provide our expertise to even more professionals around the world.

What's special about the scheme?

We recognise that senior professionals who have qualified with certain membership bodies internationally and in the UK have already gained a similar level of knowledge, experience and skills as what is included in the ACA qualification.

Instead of completing the ACA, these professionals can gain ICAEW membership based on their experience and their qualified status.

Why is it a great option?

The scheme is by no means an easy way to gain ICAEW membership, but, if you are eligible, it is definitely worth it - here's why:

  • The route is based on your experience, so you won’t have to study, pay for tuition or sit at an exam hall. You can complete the requirements in your own time - wherever you are in the world.
  • It is a great opportunity if you are looking to accelerate your career.
  • If you are successful, and join ICAEW, you will be entitled to use the ACA designation after your name and take advantage of all ICAEW member benefits.

For organisations or accountancy firms, this route into membership:

  • Supports succession planning and talent retention plans.
  • Simplifies administration by removing the need to be regulated by more than one accountancy body.
  • Allows them to retain the chartered status of the firm.
  • Ensures top finance teams are recognised as a world-class team of chartered accountants.

Why become an ICAEW member?

Applying for membership and becoming an ACA doesn’t mean you replace or abandon membership of the body you qualified with. It means that you gain additional benefits that are available to ICAEW members and will support you in achieving your goals.