ACA CTA Joint Programme

ICAEW and the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) have developed a joint programme which enables students to achieve both the ACA and the CTA in three to four years. The programme is a unique and efficient route for students who want to specialise in one of three areas in tax.

In Manchester the ACA delivery will be done by iCount and the CTA delivery will be done by Tolleys.

What is the Joint Programme?

The ACA CTA Joint Programme gives students the opportunity to specialise in one of three areas – taxation of major corporates, owner-managed businesses or indirect tax.

Employers can work with students to choose the specialism most relevant to their workplace, experience and training.

The programme has been designed to maintain the rigorous standards of both ICAEW and CIOT, while offering students a fast-track route to become a specialist in tax.

ACA CTA Joint Programme at a glance

Entry Requirements

Students can join the joint programme on the first day of their ACA training agreement, or partway through, providing they work in tax.

Students signing up to the joint programme must also meet the following conditions:

  • ACA students must not have completed the Professional Level Business Planning: Taxation module; and
  • CTA students must not have completed the two CTA Advisory Papers or the CTA Advanced Corporation Tax Advisory Paper

What is Involved?

Students must pass all of the modules and examinations, as well as the professional development, ethics and practical work experience components of both the ACA and CTA qualifications.

Once successfully completed, students will be eligible to apply for membership to ICAEW and CIOT.


The programme is likely to take three to four years to complete.


In Manchester we offer the Taxation of owner-managed business route. This route is designed for students specialising in the tax affairs of owner-managed or private businesses from the start of their training.

To achieve the ACA and CTA qualifications students must successfully complete:

  • 14 of the 15 ACA modules – not the Professional Level Business Planning: Taxation;
  • CTA Advisory examination: Taxation of owner-managed businesses
  • CTA Professional Responsibilities & Ethics examination (this can be taken at any time before the final CIOT examination);
  • Either an existing CTA Advisory examination (excluding owner-managed businesses), CTA Application and Interaction Case Study or the CIOT ADIT exam;
  • the professional development, ethics and professional scepticism and practical work experience components of the ACA and CTA. This includes completing the CTA examination in Professional Responsibility & Ethics.

Students will also have to demonstrate that they have at least three years’ relevant professional experience.

Example Exam Structure

The following diagram shows an example route for a student studying for the taxation of owner managed businesses route:

If you have a question or would like to discuss the joint programme, please contact us on 0161 228 6564 or email