Trainee ICAEW Chartered Accountant – ACA – Training/professional train



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An ACA qualification can hone your potential, pushing you to go further and preparing you for the future. The ACA qualification is one of the most advanced learning and professional development programmes out there. It’s been designed to provide trainees with an in-depth understanding across accountancy, finance and business to give you unrivalled career opportunities.

But you don’t need a degree in accounting, finance or business to study for the ACA. In fact, many employers actively seek diversity in their recruitment, so having a non-accountancy degree is welcomed.

Whatever your ambition, we get you there.

What’s involved

There are four integrated elements to ACA training. With an emphasis on professional development and nurturing skills, the qualification covers far more than technical accountancy. It’s designed to develop leadership potential, and its content is reviewed annually to ensure you’re kept informed about the latest developments in finance, accounting and business.

Here’s what you’ll be doing:

Practical Work Experience

You need to record 450 days of relevant ‘on-the-job’ work experience during your period of approved training. If you have completed an internship or placement year with one of our authorised employers, you may be able to count up to 12 months’ experience towards your ACA training.

Ethics and professional curiosity

Ethics and professional scepticism are an essential part of being a chartered accountant. You’ll follow a structured programme to ensure you know how to apply them – focusing on areas such as integrity, objectivity and independence.

Accountancy, Finance and Business Modules

There are 15 modules, each with its own exam. These modules are staged across three levels: the first introduces you to core concepts; the latter two build on your growing technical knowledge and experience.

Professional Development

Demonstrate your competence in seven key professional skills (such as communication, teamwork and decision-making) by providing examples from your work experience.

How to apply and what’s next

To start the ACA after graduation you’ll need to have two A-level passes (grades A*-E) or equivalent.

You’ll also need three GCSE passes (grades 9-4/A-C) or equivalent. However, entry requirements vary depending on your employer, so check their entry requirements before applying. GCSE, UCAS points and degree result requirements vary.

Once you’ve qualified, you’ll open up a world of opportunity across a huge range of workplaces. From the most famous professional service firms, to entrepreneurial start-ups, charities and government bodies, there’s no end to where it can take you and we’re committed to getting you there.

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