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By replacing the ICAEW's Business Planning Tax paper with a CIOT paper, you can become ACA and CTA qualified in just 3-4 years.

What do I need to do?

To get the joint qualification, you will need to:

  • Sit a CIOT paper, Taxation of Major Corporates (TMC) or Advisory Owner Managed Business (OMB) in place of the ICAEW Business Planning Tax (BPT) paper
  • Pass one of the Advisory papers or Application and Interaction options
  • Pass the Professional Responsibilities and Ethics e-assessment.

Your choice of CIOT paper should reflect your specialism and you should only choose to do the TMC route if you focus on the tax affairs of FTSE 350 companies (or other large corporates).

The tables below provide an overview of the efficiency of the joint route versus the traditional route.

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Benefits of the programme

  • Focus on subjects relevant to your role
  • Become ACA and CTA qualified quicker
  • No duplication of exams for same subjects
ACA Traditional Route Joint Route TMC or OMB
Certificate Level All papers All papers
Professional Level All papers Take CTA Adv OMB or TMC instead of ACA BPT
Advanced Level All papers All papers
You are now eligible for ACA membership
CTA Traditional Route Joint Route TMC or OMB
Awareness Choose 3 from 5 modules (one exam) Not applicable
Advisory Pass 2 options Pass one further Advisory paper or OMB Application paper
Application Exempt if ACA qualified
E-assessments Pass both Law and Professional Responsibilities and Ethics (PRE) Professional Responsibilities and Ethics (PRE) only
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CIOT-ACA (ICAEW) Joint Programme