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Fees and subscriptions FAQs

Have a question about the fees and subscription process? Below are the answers to the questions we get asked the most about paying your annual fees and subscriptions.

Are you an ACA student? For information about your annual student fee, exam entry fees or Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) costs, please visit our 'Costs of qualifying' page.

Forgotten username / password

I have forgotten my password. How can I log on to my ICAEW account?

If you cannot remember your password, you can reset it online using either ‘Reset by Email’ or the ‘Reset Online’ option.

If you choose to ‘Reset by Email’ and do not receive a link within 15 minutes, you should check that the email address you are using is the same one you registered with ICAEW. If you have a new email or do not have access to your registered email address, please contact members.information@icaew.com for further support.

If your email is the same as the one you registered with, then it may be that the password reset email has been treated as spam within your email account. Please try checking your spam folder.

Note: Once you have requested to reset your password, you will have 30 minutes to complete the reset. After this time you will need to request another password reset if this timeframe lapses.

I have forgotten my username. How can I log into my ICAEW account?

If you cannot remember your username, you can request this online and it will be sent to your registered email address.

If you do not receive an email within 15 minutes, you should check that the email address you are using is the same one you registered with ICAEW. If you have a new email or do not have access to your registered email address, please contact members.information@icaew.com for further support.

If your email is the same as the one you registered with, then it may be that the username reminder has been treated as spam within your email account. Please try checking your spam folder.

Invoices, receipts and proformas

How can I get an invoice for my subscription?

You can request an invoice along with any receipts by visiting my.icaew.com/receipts.

Your requested invoice/receipt will be sent to your registered email address within 24-48 hours. 

Please allow up to 10 working days for your invoice and receipt to appear online.

How can I get a proforma invoice for my subscription?

Should you require a proforma invoice for your subscription fees prior to making payment, please email members.information@icaew.com with your request.

Please be aware that proforma invoices are available from 1 November, ahead of the coming subscription renewal year.

Can you amend the address information on my invoice or proforma invoice?

We can only amend the address information on your proforma invoice. Once your payment has been made and an invoice has been created, we will be unable to make any adjustments.

Should you require an amended proforma invoice to include your employers address details, we will need their address to be present on your account. You can check or update your account details online.

Please allow 24 hours for the changes to take effect.

Once you have registered your employers address on your account, email your proforma invoice amendment request to records@icaew.com. Please allow up to 10 working days for your request to be actioned.

How can I get a receipt for my subscription?

When you make a payment to ICAEW, you will be sent a receipt to your registered email address automatically.

You will receive two emails. The first email will be a confirmation of payment through the provider you paid with (BACs, AliPay, WorldPay, Western Union), and a separate email from ICAEW within 24-48 hours confirming the payment has been received and processed.

Note: If payment was made by your employer under an arrangement with ICAEW, you will not have access to a receipt as this would be with your employer.

Benefits and Rewards

Are there any member rewards?

ICAEW have negotiated a range of exclusive member benefits and discounts that are continuously being updated. We cover everything from travel and automotive to retail and insurance. Visit our dedicated webpage to view all Lifestyle and Business rewards available today.

How does ICAEW support our members seeking employment?

Finding a job can be quite a job in itself. That’s why we’ve set up a recruitment website specialising in jobs for ACAs and an online careers community where you can get free advice from our experts.

Did you know ICAEW have a jobs portal, icaewjobs.com? Here you can access over a 1000+ jobs and also upload your CV to let recruiters know that you are looking for a job.

You would be eligible for free membership to some of our Communities (up to 13).

We offer a selection of events tailored specifically for members on a career break or who are returning to work. We also have a host of events for members on a reduced rate or who are unemployed. Please visit the events website or email: events.information@icaew.com.

CABA provide advice on careers and will also offer help with your CV. For a full listing of support either go to the CABA website, the CABA careers microsite, or call the support line +44(0) 800 107 6163.

Don’t forget if you are currently out of work, you may be eligible for a lower subscription rate.

For the complete list of full benefits please visit our career development portal.

How does ICAEW support my personal and professional development?

ICAEW offers a variety of ways to help you develop and your business on a multitude of levels.

Our in-depth Leadership Development Programmes take a holistic approach to combine insightful mentoring or coaching, to exclusive events, peer learning groups and workshops. Catering for those significant transitions in your career, these programmes are instrumental to achieving your leadership ambition or fulfilling your succession planning goals.

Our Communities offer the most up to date information, insights, guidance and networking opportunities at various stages throughout your career; catering for a range of industry sectors and professional specialisms.

We also run over 90 CPD courses several times a year on a wide range of topics. Whether you’re interested in reporting, strategy, leadership or something else, we’re sure you’ll find a course suited to you.

What are life member rewards and do they differ from classic rewards?

As a way of saying thank you to our longstanding members, we've negotiated a package of special offers exclusively for ICAEW life members. From holidays and half-price golf outings to foreign currency and financial planning advice, our range of offers are a great way to help you enjoy your retirement.

What facilities are available to me through ICAEW?

There are a variety of facilities available to members online, locally and at Chartered Accounts Hall in London. You will find a small list of the facilities and services ICAEW has to offer below: 

Business Centre

The newly modernised Business Centre at One Moorgate Place holds over 40 hot-desks which are free to use on an ad-hoc basis by members. Featuring charging ports, screened off areas, nine pre-bookable meeting rooms and a telephone pod for private calls. Please call +44(0)207 920 8613 to check availability and to book a room in advance or email events@onemoorgateplace.com.

Library and Information Service

As part of our Business Centre we also house a library containing a selection of books and journals to support development, learning and research. We advise contacting the library services team ahead of visiting, however, a librarian is available at the enquiry desk during business hours. Telephone +44(0)207 920 8620, email library@icaew.com or visit our online library.

Find a Chartered Accountant

Our Find a Chartered Accountant webpage is the official online directory of over 21,000 ICAEW firms and more than 150,000 ICAEW Chartered Accountants. Search by name, firm or location. Whether you need guidance on your personal finances or detailed financial advice about your business, a chartered accountant of England and Wales can help.

Enterprise Nation

ICAEW have teamed up with Enterprise Nation to create a new dynamic Business Adviser platform which will dramatically improve the accessibility of accountants and business advisers to the UK’s small business community. By registering, practising ICAEW members will be able to easily connect with entrepreneurs and small business owners who need their support, guidance and expertise.

What support can ICAEW offer?

We want to make sure our members are always supported, whether it’s through their personal life or within their profession. You will find a brief list of the support ICAEW offers below:

Technical and Ethical

Our Technical and Ethical services are available online and via telephone to support our members globally. If you are seeking objective, confidential advice from our experts, please call +44(0) 1908 248 250 and select option 2. You can also view ICAEWs helpsheets and guidance by topic on our dedicated webpage.

CABA

The Chartered Accountants Benevolent Association (CABA) provides advice and support to current and former ICAEW members, students and their immediate family. Services include emotional support, debt advice, health and carer support, financial assistance, career coaching, legal advice and much more. Visit their website caba.org.uk or speak to one of their experts on +44(0) 1788 556 336.

Support Member Scheme

Support members are a network of volunteers, who are experienced ICAEW members trained to help fellow members who are facing difficulties. They provide a listening ear and free, confidential and non-judgmental support. Whatever the circumstances, you can be assured you will be listened to.

If you are worried or have a problem on your mind don't let it weigh you down - contact a support member online, by email: support.members@icaew.com or by calling +44(0) 800 917 3526.

Reduced subscription rates

You may be eligible for a reduced subscriptions rate if you are on a low income, career break or maternity leave. Please refer to our guidance on ‘Reduced rate subscriptions’ for more information, alternatively, you can apply for a reduced rate online when making your payment.

Important changes to your membership

Charity and Voluntary Community

ICAEW are aware that members in the Charity Community consist of two groups. The first are those working as professionals in the charity sector, the second are those who volunteer for charities. Some members may belong to both groups.

Through feedback submitted by our members, we have understood that the needs of these two groups vary, and as such, the Community has now split into the Volunteering Community and the Charity Finance Professionals Community.

Australia – local tax changes

As an ICAEW member resident in Australia your ICAEW membership subscription is now subject to 10% Australian goods and services tax (GST).

If your primary residence is not in Australia, please update your contact details.

If your circumstances have changed you may be eligible for a reduced subscription rate. Please refer to the ‘Reduced Rate Subscriptions’ guide above to see if you could be eligible to pay less on your membership.

What is the OPBAS Levy?

The Office for Professional Body Anti-Money Laundering Supervision (OPBAS) levies an annual charge on all professional body supervisors (which includes ICAEW), based on the number of beneficial owners, officers and managers in the firms registered with us for AML supervision. ICAEW is passing on this charge to UK Practising certificate holders, to cover additional regulatory work required by these new regulations.

New Zealand – local tax changes

As an ICAEW member resident in New Zealand your ICAEW membership subscription is now subject to 15% New Zealand goods and services tax (GST).

If your primary residence is not in New Zealand, please update your contact details.

If your circumstances have changed you may be eligible for a reduced subscription rate. Please refer to the ‘Reduced Rate Subscriptions’ guide above to see if you could be eligible to pay less on your membership.

Making changes to your membership

I am unable to add, remove or change my subscription. Why?

When you are reviewing your membership package, you will be provided a breakdown of all the services currently associated with your renewal. This will enable you to add, remove and amend services.

If you are unable to make changes to your subscription, it may be that you are part of a Bulk Scheme; in which your firm will be paying for the service(s) on your behalf. Bulk Scheme members will be unable to add, remove and amend any part of their subscription package.

If you need to make any changes to your subscription or you no longer require your subscription to be paid for by your firm, your firm will need to email: bulkschemes@icaew.com.

I am unable to a remove a faculty or community from my subscription. Why? 

When you are reviewing your membership package, you will be provided a breakdown of all the services currently associated with your renewal. This will enable you to add, remove and amend services.

If you are unable to remove a Faculty or Community, it may be that you are part of a Corporate Scheme; in which your firm will be paying for this service on your behalf. Corporate Scheme members will see an information blurb displayed to the right of the membership package information.

If you believe this is incorrect or you no longer require this service, please email: corporates@icaew.com.

Note: You will still be able to add additional Faculties, Communities and other applicable services to your membership package.

I changed my subscription rate online, but the amended rate isn’t showing, why?

When making changes to your fees and subscriptions, please ensure you select ‘Confirm and Pay’ to ensure your amendments are saved against your account.

Membership subscriptions and payment methods

When is the membership subscription due?  

Membership subscription payments are due by 1 January each year. Subscriptions need to be paid in full by this date otherwise your membership will be at risk.

What payment methods are available for paying my subscriptions?

Online

The easiest and quickest way to pay in online.

Bank transfer

You can pay direct to ICAEW's bank account by using electronic transfer. All fees must be paid in sterling. Please be aware that you will be liable for any bank charges incurred for the transaction. You must ensure that your record number/membership number is transmitted with your payment. ICAEW's bank details are as follows:

Name: National Westminster Bank Plc, Milton Keynes
Sort code: 60 14 55
Account number: 82278237
Account name: ICAEW Treasury Account
Swift code: NWBKGB2L
International Banking Number: GB46 NWBK 60 14 55 82 27 82 37
VAT Registration Number: GB245788911

Western Union

This allows overseas members to pay from a non-UK account. You can opt to pay by Western Union online once you have confirmed any changes to your subscription. Select the link below, and select western union as your payment option.

NB: This will take you to the Western Union website where you will be required to fill out the relevant details.

Automated payment line

You can pay by phone via our secure automated 24 hour payment line on +44(0) 1908 248 250, key press option 1.

Cheque/ Bankers draft

Please make cheques and drafts payable to CHARTAC, ensuring you reference your membership number on the back of the slip. You can then send your payment to:

ICAEW Renewals
Zeus1
PO BOX 498
Manchester
M28 8ED

If you wish to send your cheque by recorded delivery, please send your payment to:

ICAEW room 29
Metropolitan House
321 Avebury Boulevard
Milton Keynes
MK9 2FZ
UK

Note: Cheques must be drawn in sterling only and payable on a UK clearing bank. We cannot accept post-dated payments. Membership numbers are required on the back of all cheques.

What were the 2020 subscription fees?

These were the membership fees for 2020:

Annual  £395.00
Half year   £197.50
Low rate   £54.00
Retired annual   £197.50
Life membership  £592.50 (One-off life membership fee)

Can my employer pay my subscription?

Yes, if there is an agreement in place with your organisation we will contact them directly to request payment.

If you are unsure if there is already an agreement in place, you should check this with your employer or visit icaew.com/pay.

If there is no agreement set up, your employer can send a cheque or complete a BACS payment. Please ensure they reference your membership number and name clearly. Alternatively, we would suggest making the payment yourself and claiming it back from your employer.

Please note that you are responsible for renewing your membership by the due date and not your employer.

Can I pay my subscription by direct debit?

The easiest way to pay your subscription is by annual direct debit. You can sign up to a direct debit for 2020 by visiting  icaew.com/pay and completing the online form. Please ensure you are logged in to enable this function to work.

Alternatively you can download a PDF version of the form and email the completed document to fin@icaew.com.

Once your direct debit information has been submitted and actioned, you will receive an email or letter of confirmation.

If you have a direct debit set up and need to make a change to your subscription please do so before the 11th December 2019.

Can I pay my membership subscription in instalments?

Unfortunately, we are no longer able to offer this option.

If you are having financial difficulties or need further support, please contact us as early as possible so we can talk you through your membership subscription rate and other support options available such as CABA.

I think I have paid the wrong subscription rate, what should I do?

If you think you have paid the wrong subscription amount, please contact our support team as soon as possible with your income details and circumstances on +44(0) 1908 248 250 or email members.information@icaew.com. Any request should be submitted to ICAEW by 31 March in the current subscription year.

Can I use AliPay to pay my subscription?

Yes. This payment option is available for all our members located in China.

To pay by AliPay, visit icaew.com/pay. Please ensure you are logged in to enable this function to work. Once you have selected your subscription choices, you will be able to select AliPay from the drop down menu on the payment screen.

As this payment option is limited to members in China, if you are located outside China, you will need to use one of the other payment methods available.

How can I join a Faculty or Community after I have already paid for my subscription? 

You can join our Faculties and Communities online at any time, and you don’t have to be a member to sign up. Subscriptions vary in cost, some are even free to join! Many also entitle you to discounted events.

Reduced rate subscriptions

I am a member on a low income. Would I qualify for a reduced subscription rate?

Subscription rates are dependent on income levels. You can find more information on our Fees and Subscriptions webpage.

Income means all of your (the applicant’s) income, whether earned or unearned, from all sources. The only exceptions to this are pensions and state benefits and these should not be included in your calculation.

Earnings thresholds for 2019
Half rate
Between £14,794 and £29,588
Low rate  Less than £14,794 

Find out more about our subscription regulations.

I will be on maternity leave shortly. What membership options are available to me?

As subscriptions are dependent on income levels, the amount you pay while on maternity leave will depend on your earnings throughout that period.

Maternity pay from your employer is classed as earned income, so while this is in place you may still need to pay the full membership fee. However, once this ceases and you then receive Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), this is classed as a benefit which may quality you for a lower level fee.

Earnings thresholds for 2019
Half rate
Between £14,794 and £29,588
Low rate  Less than £14,794 

Find out more about our subscription regulations.

I am taking a career break. What membership options are available to me?

Members who are on a career break and have no earnings will only need to pay the lower rate of £54.00 a year. If, however, you do have other earnings, such as income from property, you may need to pay another subscription rate depending on your income level.

Earnings thresholds for 2019
Half rate
Between £14,794 and £29,588
Low rate  Less than £14,794 

Returning to work after a career break can be a daunting experience. To help you plan your career break, we can offer guidance and support for when you’re ready to return to work. You can join our free Career Breakers community to get the latest professional and technical support.

How can I apply for a reduced rate subscription?

You can apply for a reduced rate online when making your payment.

If you are unsure of how to apply please contact the membership team on +44 (0)1908 248250 or email: members.information@icaew.com.

I was on a reduced rate last year but my subscription seems to have increased to the full rate.

Every year we require our members to review their subscription rate to ensure they are paying the correct amount. From time to time we may also contact you to ask you to confirm you are still eligible for a reduced subscription and may implement this change on your behalf if your eligibility has not been reconfirmed. If you are still eligible for a reduced rate, you can still amend this online before making payment.

Subscription changes should be made before your payment is due 1 January.

I am currently unable to work due to illness. What membership options are available to me?

If you are unable to work due to illness, please contact our Members Information team on +44(0) 1908 248 250 or email members.information@icaew.com to discuss how we can best support you.  

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Don’t forget that as an ICAEW member, you and your family are able to benefit from the additional support that CABA offer. CABA are a charity that work very closely with the ICAEW and provide 24 hour advice and help, whether it be financial, emotional or legal, should you require it. You can contact them using the below details:

Call: +44(0)1788 556 366
24 hour helpline (UK only): 0800 107 6163
Email: enquiries@caba.org.uk.

Alternatively, you can find out more information by visiting www.caba.org.uk

I wasn’t aware that ICAEW offered reduced subscriptions, I was on low income last year and would have qualified. Can I please have a refund?

Unfortunately we are unable to consider refunds retrospectively.

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Do I have to complete a CPD declaration?

All ICAEW members are required to complete their CPD declaration each year. This is a requirement of membership and failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.

In some circumstances you may be able to claim exemption from CPD.

To claim exemption you cannot:

  • provide any accountancy service (with or without reward)
  • provide any other service for reward
  • act as a trustee, director of a body corporate or in any other capacity which carries with it an equivalent level of legal or financial responsibility
  • have any intention of providing the above services in the future

I’m now retired, do I still need to submit a CPD declaration each year?

Retired members still need to declare CPD, however, it may be that you can declare exemption rather than compliance.

If you do any work, with or without reward, whether in the accountancy profession or within another profession, you must maintain CPD compliance. You must also maintain compliance if you act as a trustee, director of a body corporate, or in any other capacity which carries with it an equivalent level of legal or financial responsibility.

How do I complete my CPD declaration?

Making a declaration is very straightforward and it only takes a moment.

You simply have to choose from three statements:

  1. Confirm that you have reviewed your training and development needs and have acted to address your requirements, or
  2. Claim exemption from CPD
  3. Claim non-compliance with ICAEWs CPD policy.

You must make your annual CPD declaration for the preceding year before 31 January. This is a requirement of membership and failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.

Do I need to attend courses to be compliant with ICAEW's CPD policy?

No. You are the best judge of how much CPD you need to do and which activities will be most beneficial in meeting your learning and development needs. CPD should be proportionate and relevant to your role; there is no need to keep up to date with areas of accountancy which are not directly relevant to your role.

Your CPD can include, for example, focused discussion with colleagues, online research, reading, study of regulations and standards, researching a particular type of issue related to your role, and researching legislation applicable to your role. There is no requirement to achieve a certain number of hours or points, and the notion of structure and unstructured activities no longer exists. There is no requirement to attend a certain number of courses or seminars.

There may be periods when, having reflected, you quite reasonably conclude that you already have all the current skills and knowledge necessary for your work and that you do not need to undertake any further CPD activity at that moment.

Does ICAEW offer any courses to help members keep up with their CPD?

Yes, we offer a whole range of CPD courses tailored to member’s requirements. We run most of our courses several times a year and in different locations, so that you can pick a time and a place that fits around your work.

Life membership

Am I eligible for life membership?

If you are fully retired, aged 60 or over and have been an ICAEW member for 30 years or more, you can become a life member by paying a one-off life membership fee of £592.50 (1.5 times the standard annual subscription).

Life membership is free to retired members aged 75 and over, or retired members who have been a member for at least 50 years.

Life membership will be granted to eligible members, provided that all remunerated business and professional activities have ceased and that a practising certificate, if held, is surrendered.

If you are unable to work due to an incurable and or progressive illness you may also be eligible for free life membership. Please contact the Members Information team to enable them to assess your circumstances and provide support to you and your family.

We've negotiated a package of special offers exclusively for ICAEW life members. From holidays and healthcare to fine wine and financial planning advice, our range of offers are a great way to help you enjoy your retirement.

For further information visit icaew.com/life.

What is life membership?

Life membership is a subscription option available to retired members who meet the relevant criteria and those who are unable to work due to an incurable and or progressive illness.

Once you become a life member you will receive a life membership welcome pack, containing all the information you need to take advantage of your offers and discounts.

To check your eligibility for life membership, please refer to our guidance on ‘Am I eligible for life membership?’ or visit icaew.com/life.

What happens if I am a life member and then decide to return to work?

If you return to work, you will then be subject to paying the annual membership fees applicable to any earned income that you are receiving.

Your life membership will be temporarily frozen during your years of work and reinstated once all work is ceased again.

Please contact the Members Information team to confirm any changes on +44 (0)1908 248 250 or email: members.information@icaew.com.

Will I receive a refund for my life membership fee if I return to work?

Unfortunately you will not be able to claim a refund if you return to work. However, when you do retire, the fee that you previously paid will apply and we can reinstate your life membership status.

Retired membership

I am a retired member; what are my options?

If you are 60 years of age with 30 years of membership (as of 1 January renewal subscription date), and you have retired or in the process of retiring, you can apply for either:

You may also be eligible for a lower subscription rate.

To discuss your options please contact the Members Information team on +44 (0)1908 248250 or email: members.information@icaew.com.

Can I still do charitable or voluntary work for no remuneration if I am retired?

Yes, retired members can still do charitable or voluntary work for no remuneration.

Volunteering or working with charities is a great way to enhance and develop new skills, gain valuable experience and make a real difference to an organisation, community project and people’s lives.

To support our retired and life members who undertake charity work, we are pleased to offer them free subscription to the Charity Finance Professionals Community which will be launched in time for 2019. Community members will have access to technical resources, free webinars, newsletters and discounts for ICAEW Charity Community Events. More information on joining this community will be available soon.

We will also be introducing the new Volunteering Community. Our members will also receive free Professional Liability Insurance for all volunteering activities with UK registered charities and not for profit organisations and access to the ICAEW’s Trustee Training Modules. More information on joining this community will be available soon.

What is the criteria for free life membership?

Life membership is free to retired members aged 75 and over, or retired members who have been a member for at least 50 years. Life membership will be granted to eligible members, provided that all remunerated business and professional activities have ceased and that a practising certificate, if held, is surrendered.

Any members who are prevented from taking up gainful employment due to illness diagnosed as incurable or progressive shall be granted free life membership provided that a practising certificate, if held, is surrendered. The life membership fee and any Faculty and Community fees and subscriptions shall be waived. Adequate documentary medical justification may be requested.

Members aged 90 and over will be granted free life membership. Any Practising Certificate, Practice Assurance, Faculty and Community fees and subscriptions shall also be waived.

Please refer to regulation 10 b, c, for information regarding free life membership eligibility.

What happens if I am a life member and then return to work?

If you return to work, you will then be subject to paying the annual membership fees applicable to any earned income that you are receiving. The only exemptions from calculation are state benefits and pensions Please see the regulation’s to identify how much you would be required to pay. 

Your life membership will be temporarily frozen during your years of work and reinstated once all work is ceased again. If when you became a life member you paid the “one off fee”, no part of this will be refunded. However, at the point you do fully retire, you would once again become a life member and no further fee will not be applicable.

Wellbeing support before and during retirement

As an ICAEW member, you and your family are able to benefit from the additional support that CABA offer. They offer support with planning for retirement and access to ongoing lifestyle support after you retire. You can contact them using the details below:

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Call: +44(0)1788 556 366
24 hour helpline (UK only): 0800 107 6163
Email: enquiries@caba.org.uk

The CABA careers microsite also has a wealth of free resources to help members prepare for retirement, including:

  • webinars
  • training courses
  • financial advice
  • emotional support
  • case studies
  • wellbeing zone

Resignations

I am considering resigning from membership. What should I consider?

Before you make a final decision about resigning, please contact us so that we can discuss all options and benefits that you might not be aware of.

It may be that you are eligible for a reduced subscription rate or you may qualify for life membership.

If you did decide to leave membership, this would mean that you are unable to keep your designatory letters, or call yourself a chartered accountant – something you worked hard to achieve.

To discuss your options please contact the Members Information team on +44 (0)1908 248 250 or email: members.information@icaew.com

I have decided to resign from membership. How do I begin the process?

ICAEW must receive your written request to resign by 31 January of the year in which the subscription relates. If a request for resignation is received after 31 January then the year’s subscription fee is still required in order to proceed with the resignation. If no payment is received memberships will be ceased and this fee will be included in any readmission process.

Once your membership has ceased, you will no longer be able to refer to yourself as a chartered accountant or use the designatory letters ACA or FCA after your name. You will need to update any business cards, stationery, social media accounts such as LinkedIn, and your CV to reflect this.

Should you wish to apply for membership again in the future, please be aware there may be additional charges and CPD requirements associated with this.

Can I temporarily suspend my ICAEW membership?

You cannot suspend your membership but you can apply for resignation as an alternative.

Please refer to our guidance on ‘I am considering resigning from membership. What should I consider?’ to see if this

Practicing Certificate / Practice Assurance

 When is a Practising Certificate required?

Before you engage in public practice in the UK or the rest of the EEA, you need to hold an ICAEW practising certificate (PC) and comply with our Professional Indemnity Insurance and Practice Assurance regulations. This is irrespective of whether you hold a PC with another body, with some exceptions.

If you are still unsure of whether you need to hold a Practising Certificate please call our Regulatory Information team on +44 (0)1908 248 250.

Do I need a Practicing Certificate if I help a charity with their accounts?

If the charity is large (defined as with an income of over £250,000) then a PC is needed, even if the work is unpaid. There may be other instances where by you would need to hold a PC.

To determine whether this is a requirement of you, please call +44(0) 1908 248 250 or email: information.centre@icaew.com.

I am ceasing practice after 1 January. Do I still have to pay for my Practising Certificate for the whole year or can it be reduced?

If you require a PC for as little as day within the calendar year, you must pay for the whole calendar year. There are no reductions for holding a Practicing Certificate for part of the year.

Do I have to pay for Practice Assurance if I hold a practicing certificate but reside outside the UK but within the EEA?

Yes if you reside outside the UK but within the EEA you will still need to pay for Practice Assurance. For any further clarification please call Regulatory Information on +44 (0)1908 248 250.

How do I cancel my Practicing Certificate?

There are two options available to you.

  1. You can email records@icaew.com and let them know you wish to cancel.
  2. Cancel via your fees and subscriptions page. Cancelling via this method will only suspend your PC and you will need to follow up via email to records@icaew.com

Note: We cannot accept notification verbally.

How do I apply for a Practicing Certificate?

To apply for a Practising Certificate, please download and complete an application form.

You should read the guidance notes for applicants before completing the Practising Certificate application form. Applications are normally processed within 28 days.

If you have any further questions, please email postqual@icaew.com or call us on +44 (0)1908 248 250.

I am not sure if I still need to hold a Practicing Certificate. What should I do?

To discuss whether or not a Practising Certificate is required for the work you are doing, please call one of our advisors on +44(0) 1908 248 250.