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ACA training summary of costs

Fees relating to ACA training include student registration, tuition, exam registration, credit for prior learning and learning materials. Some fees are payable to us and some are payable directly to your chosen tuition provider.

It is common but not compulsory for an employer or principal to pay some or all of the fees on behalf of their students. The ACA training agreement that you have signed with your student will provide specific details of what is and is not included in your students' study package and will explain what is and what is not paid for with regards to study leave and associated study costs.

Fees payable to ICAEW

ACA students in a training agreement

An ACA student is required to pay an annual fee of to us which is £165 (+VAT where applicable). As the employer or principal, you can decide who pays your students’ annual registration fee. Please note that invoices are issued in December each year and the full amount is payable irrespective of when a student leaves your employment or becomes a member during the year.

Independent ACA students

Independent students are charged an initial fee of £165 (+VAT where applicable) to become a registered ACA student. They are then charged an annual fee of £165 (+VAT where applicable) on the 1 January following the date of registration.

Exam entry fees

ACA students must apply for exams themselves. Some employers and principals will agree to pay these costs, so you will need to discuss this with your students. Exam fees are paid to us at the time of booking.

  • Certificate Level exam fee: £70 for each exam
  • Professional Level exam fee: £100 for each exam
  • Advanced Level exam fee: £170 for each Corporate Reporting and Strategic Management exam and £260 for Case Study exam 

Credit for prior learning

Available on some ACA Certificate and Professional Level modules, the costs for credit for prior learning are £70 per Certificate Level module and £100 per Professional Level module.

Credit is not available on Advanced Level modules.

ACA learning materials costs

Please check with your tuition provider as some tuition providers will include the cost of the ACA learning materials within their tuition fees.

Learning material costs for exams in 2019 

  • Certificate Level: £32.50 per exam (plus postage and packing). 
  • Professional Level: £45 per exam (plus postage and packing). 
  • Advanced Level: £87.50 per exam (plus postage and packing).

Learning material costs for exams in 2020 

  • Certificate Level: £35.00 per exam (plus postage and packing). 
  • Professional Level: £50.00 per exam (plus postage and packing). 
  • Advanced Level: £90.00 per exam (plus postage and packing).

Learning materials are available to order from our distributors, Gillards.

ICAEW invoices

Invoices will be sent to the qualified person responsible for training (QPRT) or authorised training principal unless we are notified otherwise. You can email studentsupport@icaew.com to nominate an alternative contact or call +44 (0)1908 248 250.

Fees payable to your tuition provider

Tuition fees

We work with high-quality tuition providers across the world to deliver tuition for the ACA qualification. Fees are set by the tuition provider and may vary depending on location, course structure and type. Some tuition providers will include the costs of the ACA learning materials within their tuition fees.