Admission Ceremony 2016: what you need to know
On Saturday, 19 March hundreds of people will come together to welcome newly qualified CAs to ICAS. If it’s your turn to be there, here’s what you need to know.
What is the ICAS Annual Admission Ceremony?
The ICAS Annual Admission Ceremony is an event where, as a new member, you are welcomed into membership and presented with your certificate. Alongside your fellow new members, you will take your membership pledge.
Certificates will be presented by ICAS President Jim Pettigrew CA and ICAS Chief Executive Anton Colella. The event will be available to watch live on and on demand. Find out more on this page.
Why should I go?
It’s the chance to mark the culmination of years of hard work as well as a huge achievement. It’s an important professional turning point too. The speakers will be inspiring, especially as this year’s theme is ‘Where will your ICAS journey take you?’.
The Admission Ceremony is also an opportunity to celebrate with your colleagues, meet other newly qualified CAs and to learn about what ICAS membership will offer you.
Where will the event take place?
The Annual Admission Ceremony will be held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) from 10am to 1.30pm on Saturday, 19 March.
When do I become a Chartered Accountant and when can I start to use the designation CA?
You will become a Chartered Accountant on the day you are admitted to membership. From that date, you can use the designation CA after your name for as long as you remain a member. Please don’t use the CA designation until you have become a member.
I have just passed my final exam – can I come to the ceremony?
Not quite. You can only come to the ceremony if you have been admitted to membership before the day of the event. If you have just passed your TPE (Test of Professional Expertise), you will have a few final things to do to be admitted to membership. You will not be able to apply for membership until your training contract has finished and your logbook has been signed off. If you would like to attend the ceremony, please ensure your logbook is submitted as soon as possible.
Help! My logbook is still awaiting approval.
If your logbook has not been approved yet, you can still book for the event. However, you will still need your logbook to be approved and you will need to be admitted to membership before the event. If you are concerned that your logbook may not be approved before the final admission deadline, please contact the Education Team.
My logbook has been approved – how do I become a member?
Once you have completed all your educational requirements, you should receive an email from the Education Team with your application pack. Please complete the application form and send it to Central Registry. You can make payment of your admission fee and annual subscription over the phone by calling +44(0)131 347 0314 or you can request the bank details by emailing the Central Registry team.
What is the deadline to make an application for membership?
You must make an application for membership by 4 March, 2016. You will not be able to attend the ceremony unless you have been admitted to membership prior to the event.
I have already received my certificate – what will happen at the ceremony?
At the ceremony, you will still receive a ceremonial tube to keep your certificate in.
I can’t come to the ceremony. Can I still take part?
Yes, you can. From anywhere in the world, you can watch your friends and colleagues receive their certificates as the ceremony will be streamed live online.
You can also join in the celebration on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn with the hashtag #ICASclassof2016.
Can I bring more than three guests?
Unfortunately due to the size of the venue, we can only guarantee three free places for each newly admitted member. For those who want to invite more than three, we will randomly allocate extra tickets providing there is space in the venue. For more information, please contact the Member Engagement Team.
What is the dress code for the event?
Dress code for the event is formal, kilts are also entirely appropriate.
What accommodation is available?
Due to the popularity of this event, we have secured some discounted accommodation rates for those looking to stay in Edinburgh. Below are some details of the rates available. For further details and to make your booking, please contact the Member Engagement Team. These rates are available for a limited time only so please book soon to avoid disappointment.
- Mercure Edinburgh Quay - Double rooms - £125 rate per night
- Edinburgh Capital Hotel - Single Room B&B £79, Double Room B&B £89
- Brooks Hotel - Single Room £90, Double Room £109, Compact Double £89, all B&B
- G1 Group - 15% corporate discount on each hotel
- Hilton Grosvenor - £89 B&B