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Professional development

Chartered accountancy is much more than crunching numbers and because of this it is vital that you have the skills needed to be a successful business professional, such as communication, team work and problem solving. ICAEW Chartered Accountants are renowned for their professionalism and expertise and by completing our professional development modules you will be taking your first steps towards being recognised as a credible business leader.

Preparing for a career as a chartered accountant

ICAEW Chartered Accountants are known for their professionalism and expertise.

Professional development prepares you to successfully handle a variety of different situations that you’ll encounter throughout your career.

You will be applying your professional development to real-life scenarios in your practical work experience, which will support your progression through your ACA training.

ACA students must demonstrate improvement across seven areas of professional skills, including communication and decision making.

The ACA qualification improves your ability and performance in seven key areas:

  1.  Adding value
  2. Communication
  3. Decision-making
  4. Ethics and professionalism
  5. Problem solving
  6. Teamwork
  7. Technical competence

The value of the ACA qualification, hear from our members

We wanted to understand why senior members of staff at top brands such as Manchester United, Mitie Group, Vodafone and BBC value the ACA qualification. Take a look to find out what the ACA has done for their career and why employers value it so highly.

Get ahead to secure a training agreement

If you can demonstrate to potential employers that you have already started to develop these key skills this can help to differentiate your CV from other potential ACA trainee applicants. 

If you are part of a sports team or work part-time in a shop you will have been developing your teamwork and communication, as well as many other relevant skills and you should highlight examples in your application.

Find out how you can develop your CV to appeal to employers.

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