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ICAEW Apprenticeships

Keen to start earning and learning? Our apprenticeships could be your first step to qualifying as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. Open to anyone with A-Levels or similar qualifications, as well as graduates or career-changers, this is a great route into the profession.

What are Apprenticeships?

ICAEW Level 4 and Level 7 Apprenticeships

ICAEW Apprenticeship opportunities


  1. Get paid

    Work full time and earn a competitive salary while completing a qualification

  2. Globally recognised qualification

    Depending on the apprenticeship level, you will complete the full ACA or its certificate level modules, which make up the stand-alone qualification ICAEW CFAB

  3. Work experience

    Get ahead of your peers by working full time

  4. Skills training

    Build your knowledge and skills in accountancy and finance to enhance your career prospects

At a glance

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    Entry requirements

    There are no set entry requirements for Level 4, but you must have GCSE passes at grades A-C/grades 9-4 in English and Maths to sit the end-point assessment. For Level 7, you must also have two A level passes (grades A*-E).

  • Calendar


    Level 4 - 18 to 24 months or Level 7 - 36 to 48 months

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    Study options

    Part time – your employer will give you time out of the office to study for your exams

  • Cost


    Employers will cover the cost of all training

What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships enable those with school and college qualifications to start working in the sector of their choice, while studying towards a qualification and gaining practical skills. 

By doing an ICAEW Apprenticeship, you will develop all the skills and training that employers are looking for now and in the future.

An ICAEW Apprenticeship will enable you to start working in any sector and take the first steps to qualifying as a chartered accountant. We currently offer a Level 4 and a Level 7 Apprenticeship, and which one you choose depends on your end-goal.


ICAEW Apprenticeships

ICAEW Accounting Technician Apprenticeship (Level 4 in Accountancy)

During the apprenticeship you will study and complete ICAEW’s Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (ICAEW CFAB). The certificate consists of the first six exam modules of the ACA qualification, but is globally recognised as a stand-alone qualification as well. While studying for ICAEW CFAB, you will be earning a salary and gaining essential business knowledge. You will also develop a variety of professional skills, such as communication and leadership skills.

At the end of your apprenticeship you will have studied the Certificate Level ACA exams, been assessed on your knowledge, skills and behaviours and completed a proportion of the required practical work experience to complete the ACA.

You will be in a strong position to secure a training agreement and complete the remaining elements of the ACA qualification.

ICAEW Accountancy Professional Apprenticeship (Level 7 in Accountancy)

During the apprenticeship you will study and complete the ACA qualification. While studying for the ACA, you will be earning a salary and gaining advanced business knowledge. You will also develop a variety of professional skills, such as communication and leadership skills.

At the successful completion of your apprenticeship, you will be well on your way to being a fully qualified Chartered Accountant. This means that you will be able to work in business or in industry, and continue progressing in your career with a globally respected qualification and the necessary skills to support you in any role you choose.

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Practical work experience

As an apprentice you will be working full time for your employer, enabling you to earn a wage and apply what you learn in the classroom in practice.

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During your apprenticeship you will be allocated time to study for ICAEW CFAB or the ACA and sit your exams.

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Your development

Your studies and your day job will equip you with the knowledge skills and behaviours for a successful career in accountancy and finance.

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Business skills

Throughout your apprenticeship you will develop skills in commercial awareness, communication and time management, that will be important whatever career you choose to pursue.

ICAEW Apprenticeship Opportunities

Find all the latest training opportunities from our approved Authorized Training Employers (ATEs) through the ICAEW Training Vacancies platform.

Find both level 4 and level 7 positions across all industries and accounting types.

Your options are limitless with an ICAEW qualification.

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