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When someone becomes chartered with ICAEW, they’ll be more than an accountant. They’ll be a leader, a creator and an innovator. They’ll be striving to push themselves and face new challenges every day.

They’ll be part of a global network of over 156,000 business professionals, who are working to drive leadership standards, to provide expertise, and to build a world of strong economies.

At ICAEW, whatever their ambition, we get them there.

What do we do?

We’re one of the world’s leading providers of training and professional development for accountants. Through us, aspiring leaders and business professionals can take a qualification called the ACA and become ICAEW Chartered Accountants. It’s our job to support trainees after they’ve left university and during their training to make sure that their potential becomes boundless.

To find out more about what we do visit ICAEW Careers.

What do we offer?

We offer the ACA qualification, which is one of the most advanced learning and professional development programmes available. It’s been designed to provide trainees with an in-depth understanding across accountancy, finance and business to give them the upper hand after they leave university.

The ACA is designed to open up a world of opportunity across a huge range of workplaces. From the most renowned professional service firms, to entrepreneurial start-ups, charities and government bodies, there’s no end to where it can take aspiring chartered accountants and we’re committed to getting them there.

What is the application process like?

There are several steps to becoming a qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountant as a university graduate:

  • Trainees will finish university with a degree in any subject.
  • They’ll then enter into an ACA training agreement with an authorised training employer, by applying to a vacancy on ICAEW Training Vacancies.
  • They’ll then complete a combination of study, exams, practical work experience and ethics training.
  • Once they’ve completed their ACA training, they can apply to become a member of ICAEW.
  • Once they’re accepted, they will be a fully qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountant and can use the designation ACA after their name.
  • To find out more about careers in chartered accountancy, visit ICAEW Careers.