CIPFA members can apply to become a CA on 26 September

Apps open for TRE

8 September 2016

CIPFA members with more than seven years' experience can begin their CA journey to dual designation from 26 September. 

The Pathways initiative, was launched on 1 June, and currently offers CIPFA members the chance to enhance their professional status in the public and private sectors, and stay on top of the increasingly commercial agenda in public service provision.  

CIPFA members with more than seven years' experience can now apply for the TRE (Test of Relevant Experience) pathway to ICAS accreditation. 

The Pathway follows a competency-based route to CA qualification, and the submission window for this year opens at 9am on 26 September 2016 and closes on 21 October 2016 at 4pm.

Update: The current submission window is closed. If you are interested in the TRE pathway and wish to be contacted when the next window opens, please register your interest.   

CIPFA Chief Executive, Rob Whiteman, previously commented on working with ICAS to deliver this exciting opportunity: "We’re really pleased to be working with a highly respected, trusted partner. We think it adds value to our members, both in CIPFA and ICAS, and we think it adds value for employers as well.”

This route to becoming a chartered accountant involves candidates of good standing in their member organisation being assessed on the knowledge and experience they have gained since qualifying with their original institute.

It is designed for individuals who are looking to develop their careers beyond their current role, or even lead firms in a new direction. The ‘CA’ designation from ICAS is globally recognised as a leading accountancy qualification, and can open up new fields of work and global opportunities.

As a CA you will have access to ICAS services including training, CPD, mentoring, practice support and technical guidance.  

CIPFA members who have registered their interest are advised to start their reflective essays and selecting their sponsors, if not done so already. Applications will close at 4pm on 21 October.

Essential professional skills

Candidates are now invited to present evidence which demonstrates their essential professional skills.

Eligible candidates will:

  • be full members of the approved professional body
  • have a clean disciplinary record
  • have maintained their professional membership since the point of qualifying
  • have seven years’ post-qualification experience (excluding career and maternity or paternity breaks)
  • have two sponsors who are either members of ICAS or a reciprocal body (ICAEW, CAI, CPA Canada, CAANZ, HKICPA, SAICA).

Becoming a CA

When the application window opens, you will be able to submit your completed application form along with your sponsor forms to receive your unique candidate number for submitting your answers to the reflective essay questions.

To confirm your eligibility for this route and to make sure you receive the application form as soon as it becomes available, you can register your interest for the TRE route online. To download the primary and secondary sponsor forms, please visit the TRE pathways webpage.

Those with less than seven years’ experience can become an ICAS Chartered Accountant via the TPC (Test of Practical Competence) pathway.


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