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When you become chartered with ICAEW, you’ll be more than an accountant. You’ll be a leader, a creator, an innovator. You’ll be striving to push yourself and face new challenges every day. 

You’ll be part of a global network of over 147,000 business professionals, who are working to drive leadership standards, to provide expertise, and to build a world of strong economies.  

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 you during your training and make sure that you’re reaching your full potential. 

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 has been designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding across accountancy, finance and business. 

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 you.

Five reasons to choose us…

  • Community – you’ll be supported by our global network of over 153,000 members and over 28,700 students.

  • Leadership Potential – the ACA prepares you for leadership right up to board level. That’s why 83 of the FTSE 100 companies have an ICAEW Chartered Accountant on their board.*

  • Support – ACA students have high first-time pass rates of 80%, driven by quality learning, teaching and support.**

  • Progression – 90% of all ACA students qualify in four years or less, meaning fewer resits, and faster career progression.***

  • Opportunity – take your career into any industry around the world – 96 of the world’s 100 leading brands employ ICAEW Chartered Accountants.****

How can I apply? 

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

  • Finish university with a degree in any subject

  • Enter into an ACA training agreement with an authorised training employer, by applying to a vacancy on ICAEW Training Vacancies. 

  • Complete a combination of study, exams, practical work experience and ethics. 

  • Once you have completed your ACA training, you can apply to become a member of ICAEW.

  • Once you’re accepted, you will be a fully qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountant and can use the letters ACA after your name. 

To find out more about careers in chartered accountancy, visit ICAEW Careers.

*ICAEW member data and FTSE 350 data in December 2018.

**ICAEW Case Study exam statistics 2018.

***Financial Reporting Council: Key Facts and Trends in Accountancy Profession 2018. ****Includes parent companies. Source: ICAEW member data at December 2018, Interbrand Best Global Brands 2018.

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How can you become chartered?

1. Finish university with a degree in any subject.

2. Enter into an ACA training agreement with an authorised employer.

3. Complete a combination of study, exams, practical work experience and ethics.

4. When you complete your ACA training, you can apply to become a member of ICAEW.

5. Once you’re accepted you’ll become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant, and you can use the letters ACA after your name.

When applying to jobs, make sure you look out for those that offer the ACA qualification as part of their programme.

You can also view jobs that offer the ACA qualification on ICAEW Training Vacancies.

Internships & Placements

Internships and placements are fantastic opportunities to develop new skills, gain contacts and ensure that your chosen career is right for you. It is also an important way to make your CV stand out by demonstrating to employers that you are serious about a career in accountancy.

Many of our authorised training employers offer work experience opportunities, internships and placements. If you’re interested in finding one, search on >


If you’re about to leave school, you may be interested to know that there is more than one route to becoming an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. You can go straight to work and start training. Alternatively, you could go to university first.  

The options don’t end there either. If you want to start work straight away, you can chose from a Higher Apprenticeship, a school leaver programme, or AAT. Likewise, if you want to go to university, you can do a degree followed by the ACA qualification, or combine both through and employer-affiliated degree.

It might surprise you to learn that you don’t need Maths as one of you’re a-levels. That’s not to say academics aren’t important. Entry requirements will vary depending on the employer and the programme you are following. Generally, employers will look for a minimum of a B in GCSE Maths and English and 280+ UCAS points at A-levels (or their equivalents).

For all entry routes, you will need to apply directly to an employer. As well as having a strong academic background, they will be looking for candidates who stand out from the crowd and can bring something extra to their organisation. Among other things, you’ll need to show a genuine interest in, and commitment to, your chosen career path.

Skills that employers look for include:

  • People skills
  • Team working
  • Decision making and problem solving
  • Professionalism
  • Commercial awareness
  • IT skills

It’s important that you choose the right route for you, find out more about all of the different entry routes and choose the one for you at>

If you are ready to start your journey as a school leaver, visit to find a school leaver programme to suit you. 

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ICAEW do not currently run any School Leaver Programmes, explore to find out about the other exciting roles they offer.

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Salary & Benefits

The global average salary for ICAEW Chartered Accountants with 0-2 years' experience is £51,000.


In order to start the ACA, you’ll need to have two A-level passes (grades A*-E) or equivalent. You’ll also need three GCSE passes (grades A-C/9-4) or equivalent. 

•        Employers typically expect grade B/5 in GCSE maths and english and over

•        112 UCAS points. 

•        You 3 don’t need to study maths at A-level, you just need to be comfortable with numbers

•        If you choose to complete a degree, the majority of employers expect a 2:1, however this varies so it’s important to check each employer’s entry requirements.

•        If you go to university, you should know that employers who offer ACA training welcome all degrees.


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