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Extraordinary starts here.

Chartered Accountants are an extraordinary group of people. Wherever they work, they make a difference.

They’re ambitious. They’re talented. They’re in demand.

Studying to become a Chartered Accountant (CA) will set you apart and being ‘chartered’ takes you way beyond traditional accountancy and business training. It’s a rigorous professional qualification, combining expert tuition, relevant workplace experience, and unrivalled support and guidance.

Becoming a CA opens doors. You'll be in demand at home and around the world. You'll have both the ability and the opportunity to explore and excel in any area of business you choose. The career opportunities are endless.

If you want your career to be challenging, rewarding and exciting, becoming an ICAS (CA) offers all this and more. The CA qualification is exceptional. It’s a prestigious and internationally respected qualification that will provide you with the knowledge, skills and values you need to be a highly regarded and sought-after business professional.

CAs work in every business sector and for some of the best-known global brands. You could make your mark in global financial centres, at big accountancy firms, for government bodies or in cutting edge technology companies. If you’re more of an entrepreneur, becoming a Chartered Accountant will give you the skills to manage and run your own business.

Whatever you want to do, wherever you want to go, becoming a CA is the perfect start to an extraordinary career.

CA – two letters that will change your life.

By choosing to study with ICAS, you’ll train to become a CA and join a community of world-class business professionals.

The CA is our highly respected and best-known qualification. It involves three levels of professional study combined with relevant, practical experience and business ethics. Across the three levels of the CA qualification, you will develop a wealth of knowledge and expertise in a wide range of business areas, as well as the professional skills needed to successfully work with clients. Once you’ve passed, you’re eligible to be entered into membership and use those all-important letters after your name.

Being able to use the letters CA after your name speaks volumes. No other Institute, training body or membership organisation in the UK can use the designation ‘CA’ – it is an exclusive privilege for our members only.

As an ICAS CA you’ll instantly be recognised and respected as a world-class business professional. No matter where you go in the world, employers and peers will appreciate who you are: a dynamic, capable, forward-thinking and versatile business professional.

Who is ICAS?

Although our roots are Scottish, ICAS is not just an institute for Scottish CAs. We were the first ever professional accountancy body, established in 1854. Since then we’ve grown into a global community of CAs. Our members work in more than 100 countries and we train CAs in 11 locations across the UK. With over 21,000 members working in the UK and internationally, we have a truly global reach.

The CA is more than just a professional qualification. When you qualify as a CA with ICAS, you’ll be in great company and join a global network of like-minded business professionals around world. Throughout your lifetime as a CA, we’ll be here to support you.

To find out more about an extraordinary CA career, visit

How can I become a CA?

You can study to become a CA by securing a training contract with any of our partner employers across the UK. The qualification takes three to five years to complete, depending on your chosen route, and combines practical, relevant work experience with professional study. From the Big 4 accountancy firms to public practices and opportunities across wider industries and sectors, there’s a CA training vacancy to fit your career aspirations.

Apply now.

If you’re ready to take the first step towards becoming a CA, visit our website to search the full range of training contracts to find an employer that’s right for you.

We look forward to welcoming you to ICAS as you begin your extraordinary career with us.  


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