Become a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA)

To qualify as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) you have to sign a 3-year training contract. During the contract you get paid a highly competitive annual salary and have all of your training fees paid by your employer. In addition to this, your firm will ensure you have the right level of approved practical experience to become qualified.

Minimum Academic Criteria

You will need at least 5 GCSEs (grade 9-4) including at least a level 6 in Mathematics and 5 in English, 120 UCAS Tariff points or equivalent plus an expectation of at least a 2.1 degree classification in any discipline, with consistently strong module results throughout your degree. (The UCAS Tariff points are achieved from your top three A-levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies, EPQ and Critical Thinking, completed in the same academic year.).

Further information about ACA qualifications

For details of the ACA exams, which consists of 15 exams over 3 stages and 450 days technical work experience over 3 years click here

All our students train with a leading firm of national tutors. The accountancy practices we work with have signed up to the Governments’ Level 7 Apprenticeship Scheme. This means they are committed to ensuring that 20% of your time at work is designated for training. This covers both tuition for the ICAEW qualification and time to learn knowledge, skills and behaviours which are vital to a successful career in accountancy.

Full paid study leave is given and approximately 24 weeks are spent at tutors during your training contract. You will attend high quality practical courses, which are written and run by HAT (these are not normally available if you choose to train with a small firm). These courses are summarised in our Training section. But let’s not forget, it’s not all about courses; you will have a lot to learn in the workplace too. By training with a HAT firm you won’t spend months on one section of the same audit. You will soon be responsible for completing a whole range of assignments including accountancy, audit and giving business advice to a wide variety of clients. You will receive support every step of the way, from exam tutors, colleagues, your training partner and from the HAT team, which is why, on average 88% of our students pass first time!

ICAEW Pathway


Contact us for any questions you may have on this.


We look for up to 50 ACA trainees each year.

There are two intakes each year in January and August, with August being the largest. Most vacancies are in central London, but there are also opportunities in Essex and XXXXX. See current trainee vacancies for further details.

When To Apply

We do not operate a fixed closing date. As mentioned above intakes are predominantly January and August but you can submit an application at any time ready for the next intake. We will keep you updated when opportunities arise.

How To Apply

Applying is simple. One application to us means you will be considered for all AAT vacancies.

More information on the Application Process