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Updated: January, 2020

About ICAS

An extraordinary career starts with us

ICAS is the world-class business network that promotes, inspires and enables professional excellence in Chartered Accountants (CAs).

  • the CA designation is exclusive to us
  • we’ll qualify you for more than accountancy
  • our CA is your passport to global success
  • we assist continuous career development
  • seeking school-leaver and graduate applicants
  • we train CAs across the UK

ICAS – a long history and a bright future

We were the world’s first professional body of Chartered Accountants, but our focus is firmly on the future.

Over 160 years of experience have gone into refining our internationally prestigious CA qualification, creating a broad-scope course that’s fit for the modern business world.

And through our efforts as exclusive educator, regulator and thought leader we constantly work to advance the careers of our members, always acting with the public interest in mind.

Plus, did you know, the ‘CA’ designation is exclusive to our members? No other Institute, training body or organisation in the UK can use it.

Qualifying you for more than accountancy

The 22,000 CAs in the ICAS membership don’t just work as accountants.

With those two letters after your name, doors will open at a variety of industries, sectors and organisations. You could go on to work at the highest levels of accountancy, finance and business, at a charity, government body or cutting-edge tech firm.

Furthermore, for those with an entrepreneurial streak, our CA qualification provides the key skills required to start a successful business.

Your world of opportunity

The CA qualification and the expertise it provides are highly valued on an international level, providing lucrative opportunities for our members worldwide.

And that breadth of career possibilities, along with the constant need for qualified accountants, makes chartered accountancy a well-paid, highly recession-proof profession with fantastic long-term prospects.

At ICAS we won’t rest on our laurels once you’ve qualified. Our ongoing programme of professional development, training, networking and mentoring helps our members to continually advance their careers.

Who can become an ICAS CA?

No previous experience in accountancy or business is required to begin training with us, because everything you need to know is covered by our syllabus.

To follow the school-leaver route to becoming a CA, all you need are good Higher or A Level results, like those that would secure a place at university.

For graduate entrants, a good degree-pass is required – accountancy, non-accountancy and international degrees all accepted.

Training CAs across the UK

The first step to becoming a CA is to sign a training agreement with an ICAS-authorised employer, and we offer vacancies across the UK, at a range of company types and sizes.

We also have training locations everywhere from Aberdeen to London, each delivering the first-class ICAS experience, with guidance and support dedicated to helping our students achieve success.

So, whilst you study for, and pass, your exams, you’ll earn a competitive salary, put your learning into practice and gain invaluable real-world experience.

If you’ve got an interest in business, a willingness to learn and work hard, then the ICAS CA could be the start of an extraordinary career.

Work sectors

accountancy, banking and finance



Contact details

0131 347 0100
CA House
21 Haymarket Yards
EH12 5BH

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