Pathways route to becoming an ICAS Chartered Accountant

ICAS Pathways to membership

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:

Currently the pathways routes are only available to CIPFA members.


Pathways route to ICAS membership

Register your interest


Test of Relevant Expertise (TRE) route

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.

Steps to become a CA through the TRE route:

  1. Register your interest
  2. When the application window is open, submit your application pack and make payment of £1,035. On receipt of payment you will be sent a candidate number.
  3. Upload your five reflective essays for examination using your unique candidate number.
  4. Your application pack will be assessed and your essay questions will be marked
  5. If successful, you are eligible to be admitted to ICAS membership. On admission you can use the ‘CA’ designation and have full access to ICAS services.

To confirm if you are eligible for this route and for full application details, please refer to the Test of Relevant Expertise (TRE) route FAQs.

Application Pack

Your completed application pack must include:

  1. Your completed application form (coming soon)
  2. Your primary sponsor's completed form (who verifies your entire application pack, including the answers to your reflective essays)
  3. Your secondary sponsor's completed form (who verifies your entire application pack, including the answers to your reflective essays)
  4. A CV of no more than four sides of A4

As part of your application, ICAS will confirm directly with CIPFA that you are in Good Standing and your academic transcript meets eligibility criteria.

You must also:

  • Make a payment of £1,035. On receipt of your payment you will be sent a candidate number. Please note that it can take up to 5 working days for your candidate number to be released.
  • Upload your five reflective essays for examination using your unique candidate number.

Reflective Essay questions

Test of Relevant Expertise pathways route applicants are asked to submit five short reflective essays based on their professional experience. The 2016 essay questions can be found here.

Key dates

Essay question release date

Submission window

Diet date

1 June 2016

26 September – 21 October 2016

November 2016

1 December 2016

TBC

May 2017

Register your interest and we will keep you up-to-date with next steps and deadline dates.

Find out more on the Test of Relevant Expertise (TRE) route FAQs page.

Test of Practical Competence (TPC) route

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.

Steps to become a CA through the TPC route:

  1. Register your interest
  2. When available, complete an ICAS enrolment form  along with:
    1. Submit a Letter of Good Standing from your approved professional body
    2. Submit a Transcript of Exams from your approved professional body
  3. Once your relevant forms have been reviewed by ICAS, you will receive email confirmation of your enrolment to attend TPE classes
  4. Shortly before classes start, you will receive an email with class information
  5. Attend TPE classes and sit and pass exam
  6. Complete a two-year training contract with a minimum of 300 days relevant practical experience
  7. Record experience and competency requirements in the ICAS achievement log
  8. You are now eligible to be admitted to ICAS membership and use the ‘CA’ designation and have full access to ICAS services.

To confirm if you are eligible for this route, please refer to the Test of Practical Competence (TPC) route FAQs.

Costs (excluding VAT)

  • To enrol you will pay the current training contract fee, class fees and exam fee
  • Upon successful completion of TPC, you will pay the admission to membership fee and the ICAS/CIPFA annual subscription rate in order to be admitted into ICAS membership.

Training Contract fee

£584

Class fees

£1,517

£1,897 (London)

Exam fee

£286

Admission to Membership fee

Please contact ICAS

ICAS/CIPFA Annual Subscription fee

£495

Register your interest and we will keep you informed on the latest updates.

Find out more on the Test of Practical Competence (TPC) route FAQs page.

Topics

  • Become a Chartered Accountant

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