The ICAEW chartered accountancy qualification, the ACA, is one of the most advanced learning and professional development programmes available. Its integrated components provide you with an in-depth understanding across accountancy, finance and business. Combined, they help build the technical knowledge, professional skills and practical experience needed to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.
You can join the ACA:
- From school
- From university
- As a working professional
- As a career-changer
- As a member of another professional accounting body
Membership of ICAEW
Join ICAEW and become part of a community of leading global accountancy professionals. When you become a member, you will be awarded the highly-respected ACA designation, which is recognised globally. You will also gain access to world-leading information resources, technical guidance, advisory services and local member networks.
Key facts about ICAEW Chartered Accountants
- 84% of FTSE 100 companies have an ICAEW Chartered Accountant on their board.
- 58% of UK FTSE 100 companies have an ICAEW Chartered Accountant as chairman, CEO or CFO
- 55% of UK FTSE 250 companies have an ICAEW Chartered Accountant as chairman, CEO or CFO
- 51% of CEOs in FTSE 100 companies have strong financial backgrounds, and half of those are chartered accountants.
Founded in the UK in 1880, ICAEW supports, develops and promotes over 144,000 chartered accountants in more than 160 countries worldwide. As a world leading professional membership organisation headquartered in London, we also have offices in Beijing, Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
We provide qualifications and professional development across accountancy, finance and business. Our chartered accountancy qualification, the ACA, is one of the most advanced learning and professional development programmes available. We offer a range of leadership programmes, helping to transform finance specialists into business leaders.
We share our knowledge, insight and technical expertise to influence the future of the global profession. Our thought leadership, industry and economic research, and technical updates ensure that we continue to advance accountancy and finance around the world.
We act in the public interest to protect the quality and integrity of the accountancy and finance profession. As leaders in accountancy, finance and business our members have the knowledge, skills and commitment to maintain the highest professional standards and integrity. Together we contribute to the success of individuals, organisations, communities and economies around the world.See all ICAEW courses
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