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Cost of qualifying

There are fees associated with training to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. These include: tuition fees, exam entry and learning materials. Students who have secured an ACA training agreement are generally supported with these costs by their employer. However, independent students are responsible for paying the fees associated with their studies.

Student fees

The standard annual student fee is £165 + VAT (if applicable).

ICAEW CFAB students

For ICAEW CFAB students this is a one off payment payable to ICAEW upon registration.

ACA students

For ACA students this fee must be paid on registration and then on 1 January each year of your studies.

Please note that if you are an ACA student the date you register may change the fee that you pay for that year:

  • If you register between 1 January and 30 June the annual fee of £165 + VAT will apply.
  • If you register between 1 July and 31 October, you will pay a half-year fee of £82.50 + VAT.
  • If you register between 1 November and 31 December you will be required to pay the full annual fee, but in this instance, you will receive your first annual bill after 14 months.

Tuition fees

Tuition costs are determined by the provider, the location and the way you choose to study for the ACA exams.

For example, costs for classroom tuition may differ from those where tuition is provided online or on a one-to-one basis.

To review the different tuition options visit this webpage.

Exam fees

These vary depending on which exam module you take and are payable when you register for an exam.

  • Certificate level exam fee: £70 
  • Professional level exam fee: £90 
  • Advanced level exam fee: £170 
  • Case study exam fee: £260

Credit for prior learning

The costs for applying for credit for prior learning are £70 for each Certificate level module and £90 for each Professional level module.

Students in some countries may be eligible to receive credit at a reduced cost or free. For more information on this please contact our student support team on +44 (0)1908 248 250 or studentsupport@icaew.com

Learning materials

You will need to purchase the most up-to-date learning materials for each of the modules you choose to study for.

Remember to check with your tuition provider before purchasing any learning materials, as these may be included in their tuition costs.

If you are purchasing your learning materials yourself you can order these from the Gillards website.

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