Pathways route to becoming an ICAS Chartered Accountant
Pathways route to becoming a CA
The pathways route allows members of an approved accounting body the opportunity to become a member of ICAS and use the exclusive ‘CA’ designation. As a CA you will join a network of leading, global business professionals and have access to a range of ICAS services.
There are two pathway routes available:
- Test of Relevant Expertise (TRE) route – provides highly-skilled professional accountants with seven years post-qualification experience with a competency based route to become a CA.
- Test of Practical Competence (TPC) route – provides highly-skilled professional accountants with less than seven years post-qualification experience with an assessment based route to become a CA.
Currently the pathways routes are only available to CIPFA members.
Pathways route to ICAS membership
CIPFA members who have at least seven years of continuous membership post-qualification of CIPFA can become a CA through completion of a competency based self-assessment consisting of five questions that use a holistic, attribute-based model set as outcomes. In addition to this, you must also present evidence from work experience which demonstrates the professional skills that are essential to the profession. Applicants must have professional sponsors who can substantiate the evidence of work experience provided.
For more information, full application details and to check eligibility, visit the TRE FAQ page.
CIPFA members who have less than seven years post-qualification experience of CIPFA can become a CA through completion of a combination of class-based learning and relevant work experience. This route requires you to attend Test of Professional Expertise (TPE) classes and complete a two-year training contract with a minimum of 300 days practical experience and competency requirements which will be recorded in the ICAS achievement log.
For more information, full application details and to check eligibility, visit the TPC FAQ page.