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Start your ACA training

To become a chartered accountant you must complete 450 days of on-the-job training alongside the study elements of the ACA qualification. To do so you will need to secure a training agreement with a company or accountant authorised by ICAEW.

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What is an ACA training agreement?

Each year companies authorised by ICAEW offer around 6,000 training roles through which you can study the ACA and complete the practical work experience element of the qualification.

You do all this while earning a competitive starting wage, with ACA trainees earning starting salaries of between £12,000 and £30,000 per year, depending on their academic qualifications.

Alongside your contract of employment, you will sign a training agreement with your employer which details:

  • The training you will do and the support you’ll receive from your employer, including: paid tuition, study leave and mentoring.
  • Your start date – training can start at any time, but often begins in September, January or April.
  • Contract length – between three and five years, with most students qualifying in three years.
  • Timescales for your ongoing structured learning and reviews.

Who will you be working for?

There are more than 5000 ICAEW authorised training employers (ATEs) around the world and across business sectors.

ATEs are not just accountancy firms, but businesses of all types and sizes, as well as organisations operating in the not-for-profit sector.

Each ATE must meet strict ICAEW standards to provide ACA training, including having a ‘qualified person responsible for training’ (QPRT), who is likely to be your mentor.

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ACA training all over the world

Traditionally our training only took place in the UK. However, there are plenty of opportunities to train around the world.

If you live in one of the countries listed below you can also become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant, either through completing a training agreement or via one of our reciprocal membership agreements:


Applying for a training agreement

To secure a training agreement you will need to apply directly to an ICAEW authorised training employer for a position or with a registered authorised training principal.

You will find a comprehensive list of ATE training opportunities, placements and internships via our Training Vacancies website, where you can sign up to receive alerts when new vacancies are posted.

Application processes vary, but typically you can expect to complete an online application form and submit a CV. You may be asked to complete some numeracy and aptitude tests and attend an assessment centre before being selected for an interview. 

Find your ACA training agreement

Start your search for an ACA training agreement today using ICAEW's dedicated website: icaewtrainingvacancies.com. You will find a full list of training agreements on offer from our authorised training providers and you can sign up to receive alerts when new vacancies are posted.

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