What’s a Chartered Accountant or CA?

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A Chartered Accountant has achieved the highest professional level by following our programme of expert tuition, rigorous training and examinations in accountancy and business. ICAS Chartered Accountants are also known by the letters ‘CA’, a professional designation that’s exclusive to our members in the UK. Chartered Accountants are the backbone of ethical and sustainable business.

What are the benefits of gaining the CA qualification?

Whatever your career goals, your skills as a dynamic and forward-thinking professional will always be in demand. There’s everything to gain with the CA qualification from ICAS, including:

  • Job security with an impressive trajectory and average starting salary of £29k
  • A qualification that is equivalent to a fully funded postgraduate or master’s degree, that allows you to earn while you learn
  • Connection and support from a strong student network and access to the experience of thousands of business leaders as part of the world's longest-standing professional accountancy body
  • An internationally renowned, innovative and bespoke syllabus, alongside the opportunity to gain practical experience. Combining core accountancy skills with modules on Sustainability, Ethics and a unique focus on Innovation, Growth and Technology, with ICAS you'll have the variety and edge to be a step ahead of the rest.
  • The ability to make your mark in any industry you desire. Chartered Accountancy goes beyond finance. A CA qualification with ICAS will open doors into industries you'd never expect.

How can I get started?

There are a range of routes to this extraordinary career, from training to qualification, and you don't need maths superpowers or accountancy and finance-related degrees, just a love for learning.

The first step to becoming a CA is to apply for a training agreement with an ICAS-authorised employer. Entry requirements vary and there are a huge range of employers to work with, from small local companies to large corporations – they’re not all accountancy firms either.

With ICAS, opportunity doesn’t knock. It kicks down the door - find all live opportunities here.