How the Joint Programme works


The Joint Programme is one study programme to gain two highly valued professional qualifications. This programme is ideal for those who want to specialise in tax. The three routes are:

  • Major Corporates – specialising in the tax affairs of large corporates (FTSE 350 companies)
  • Owner-Managed Businesses – specialising in the tax affairs of private businesses
  • Indirect Tax – specialising in indirect tax

Under the Joint Programme, you need to study 14 out of the 15 ACA modules and choose one specialist CTA Advisory Paper to gain the ACA qualification. The ACA Professional Level Business Planning: Taxation module is NOT sat under the Joint Programme, the CTA Specialist paper is sat instead.

To complete the joint qualification, an additional CIOT paper must be sat along with the Professional Responsibility and Ethics CBE. This gives you and your employer the opportunity to create a study route most relevant to your workplace.