What is a Chartered Accountant?

The chartered title is an internationally recognised professional designation which can be used by qualified professionals including accountants, engineers and surveyors. It demonstrates the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct, up-to-date technical expertise and capability of a qualified professional.


The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) is the body that accountants in England and Wales must become members of in order to be a chartered accountant. They have produced a guide on why choosing a Chartered Accountant is important.

What is a Chartered Accountant?

Find out by reading the ICAEW Chartered Accountant Brochure

ICAEW Chartered Accountants

Legally anyone can call themselves an ‘accountant’ – they don’t need any qualifications, training or experience.

ICAEW Chartered Accountants are financial experts with the knowledge, initiative and judgement you can trust. ICAEW Chartered Accountants can be recognised by the ACA or FCA after their name. They are:

  • qualified chartered accountants who complete a minimum of three years in-depth training including practical experience
  • committed to continuing professional development training every year to keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date
  • members of ICAEW – The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
  • bound by a Code of Ethics and subject to ICAEW disciplinary procedures
  • required to hold a practising certificate and professional indemnity insurance if they offer professional services to the public
  • subject to review as part of our Practice Assurance scheme, which demonstrates their commitment to quality assurance, and upholding and developing the highest professional standards.