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As a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), you can join ICAEW through the Pathways to Membership scheme or the MoU Top-up route.


Pathways to Membership

If you have been an ICAI member for at least 5 years, you can apply for ICAEW membership based on your experience through the Pathways to Membership scheme. However, please note that Pathways does not provide a route towards the Audit Qualification and UK audit rights.

MoU Top-up route

If you have not been an ICAI member for at least 5 years, you can gain ICAEW membership via the MoU Top-up route. The MoU Top-up route also covers some of the exams required for the Audit Qualification which is required to apply for UK audit rights. 

Practising certificate

If you intend to practise in the UK once you are an ICAEW member, you must apply for an ICAEW practising certificate. You can cite your membership time with the ICAI towards the 2-year membership requirement for a practising certificate.

Audit Qualification (AQ)

If you wish to obtain audit signing rights in the UK, you will need to hold the Audit Qualification (AQ) once you have become an ICAEW member. You will also need to hold an ICAEW practising certificate and be nominated for responsible individual (RI) status by a firm of registered auditors.

The ICAI qualification is not recognised by the Financial Reporting Council for the award of AQ in the UK. You will therefore be required to pass additional examinations and complete an additional period of practical experience to obtain the AQ.