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Become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant

With the ACA on your CV you can work in any industry around the world, so you can shape your career around your interests.

Location: Global

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What you will be doing

To become a ICAEW Chartered Accountant, you will complete the ACA qualification, which is a combination of study, exams and practical work experience.

We recommend entering into a training agreement with an authorised employer after graduation, which you would secure while at university. There are over 5,000 employers authorised to train you for the ACA qualification globally. You can train in large companies, small enterprises, charities, accountancy firms and government bodies.

Training for the qualification will typically involve working in project or client teams to analyse current performance and make business recommendations based on your knowledge and expertise. Employers must meet strict standards to train students, combine this with high-quality learning materials, and students enjoy high pass rates – with 90% qualifying in four years or less.


What you will have

You don’t need a degree in accounting, finance or business to study for the ACA. Employers look for a strong academic record, in any subject, and a passion for the role you’re applying to.

Employers will look for you to demonstrate your abilities in the following areas throughout the recruitment process:

  • You are a team worker with good people skills
  • You are a problem solver and decision maker
  • You have a high level of professionalism
  • You have a commercial awareness
  • You are confident in your IT skills
Onwards to our company and culture…

We are ICAEW

We provide qualifications and professional development, share our knowledge, insight and technical expertise, and protect the quality and integrity of the accountancy and finance profession.


Build a career with ICAEW



We're a world-leading professional membership body.

Through us, talented graduates can take a qualification called the ACA (Associate Chartered Accountant) to become ICAEW Chartered Accountants. 

We’ve been at the heart of the accountancy profession since it began in 1880, to ensure trust in business. The world has changed since then, and we’ve changed with it.

Join us and you’ll be supported by our global network of over 150,000 members and over 27,000 students.



We are innovators, explorers and thinkers.




ICAEW Chartered Accountants can't be confined to number crunching, because the variety of work they do is too vast. Whether you’re helping a charity raise money, advising governments, or sitting on the board of a multinational company, you need a creative mind to find different solutions and think of new ways to move forward.




The ACA qualification is recognised globally.



The title ‘ICAEW Chartered Accountant’ or the letters ACA after your name means that you have completed the ACA qualification and undertaken a minimum of three years in-depth training, passed a series of rigorous examinations, and are committed to continuing professional development to keep their skills up to date. This reassures people of your competence and makes them trusted professionals.

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