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AAT members - join the ICAEW

As a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), you can join ICAEW through our AAT-ACA Fast Track progression route. Developed in partnership with AAT, this programme offers individuals the option to study for the ACA qualification after completing the AAT.

It is important to register your interest with ICAEW after completing the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting.

Membership agreement

Qualified members of AAT and those who have completed the Level 4 AAT qualification could be eligible to complete the ACA qualification and gain ICAEW membership through the AAT-ACA Fast Track study route. If you are a current AAT member or AAT-qualified, you may be eligible to apply for credit for prior learning (exam exemption) for certain ACA exam modules. Depending on the AAT papers you have passed, you may be eligible for up to five credits at the ACA exam modules.

In addition, AAT students/members working in ICAEW authorised training offices may be entitled to count some of their AAT work experience towards their ACA work experience requirement.

To register your interest or to find out if your organisation is authorised to train ACA students, contact us.

Practising certificate

If you intend to practise in the UK or EU as an ICAEW member you must hold an ICAEW practising certificate. It is possible to engage in public practice as a provisional member (student) of ICAEW if you are an AAT member and authorised by the AAT and also by your QPRT (qualified person responsible for training) to do this.

Audit rights

Audit rights ICAEW membership does not automatically grant you audit rights in the UK. If you intend to work in audit during your career, then an essential first step is to obtain the Audit Qualification (AQ) upon completion of your ACA.