Tolley Exam Training 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 has been designed to provide a unique and efficient route for students who want to specialise in one of three areas in tax.

  • The Qualification
  • Venues & Dates
  • The ACA CTA Joint Programme is one study programme to enable students to achieve two prestigious qualifications – the ICAEW chartered accountancy qualification (the "ACA") and the Chartered Tax Adviser qualification (the "CTA").

    Highlights of the Joint Programme:

    • Optimised study time reducing overlap of topics
    • Specialism are facilitated
    • Cost effective way of gaining two highly valued qualification 
    • Guaranteed Pass Scheme with Tolley

    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 and there are three routes:

    • 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.


    What do I need to do to gain the ACA CTA Joint Programme

    Students and employers usually decide to enter the Joint Programme at the start of their studies, however ACA students can join the Joint Programme provided they have not yet sat the Business Planning: Taxation module.

    You must register first as an ACA student before you can apply for the Joint Programme

    When you have received your ACA student number you can register with the CIOT

    You must choose which additional CIOT paper to do for your Joint Programme: 


    "Specialist" CTA Paper

    Additional CTA paper

    Major Corporates

    Taxation of Major Corporates

    CTA Advisory (excluding ACT), or

    CTA Application and Interaction, or

    ADIT (Paper 2.09 UK or 2.10 US)


    Ethics CBE

    Owner-Managed Businesses

    Taxation of Owner Manager Businesses

    CTA Advisory (excluding OMB), or

    CTA Application and Interaction, or

    ADIT (Paper 2.09 UK or 2.10 US)


    Ethics CBE

    Indirect Tax

    VAT on UK Domestic Transactions, IPT and SDLT

    CTA Advisory VAT on Cross Border Transactions and Customs Duties


    Ethics CBE

    Tolley are the only tuition provider to offer all Specialist CTA papers, all additional CTA Advisory, Application and Interaction papers and ADIT paper 2.09.

    Click here for detail of all CTA Advisory and Application papers and ADIT 2.09.


    The Joint Programme enables simultaneous study for the prestigious ICAEW and CTA qualifications.  Under the traditional route to gain both qualifications students needed to undertake the ACA first, completing all 15 modules to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant, before progressing onto the CTA exams.

    The Joint Programme is a more efficient route to become a member of both the ICAEW and CIOT and enables students to specialise in tax from the start of their studies.

    Students have the flexibility to sit the CTA exams at any point in their studies. However, the specialist exam does need to be sat before the ACA Advanced Level modules are attempted.

    Duplication of tax content within the ACA and CTA syllabi is reduced in the Joint Programme meaning students are not examined on the same subjects twice and precious study time is optimised.

    Students can take as little as three to four years to complete the Joint Programme (depending on work load, course dates and exam results of course!) making it an attractive and cost effective option resulting in earlier qualification. Students should spend less time out of the office and with the three specialisms, spend more time on studies relevant to their employment.

    When do I become a ICAEW / CIOT member?

    The rules around becoming a member of the ICAEW and CIOT remain the same, regardless of the route chosen.

    For CIOT and ICAEW therefore, students can apply for membership after passing the relevant papers and having three years relevant professional experience.

    Find out more about the ACA CTA Joint Programme and examinations

    The CIOT and ICAEW websites have detailed guidance on the Joint Programme or you can contact Tolley on for details of our courses.

  • Dates and Prices 

    Download our course schedules to find out key course dates and prices for your ACA CTA Joint Programme course.

    ACA CTA joint programme - Prices & Dates


    Belfast Bristol Birmingham Reading

    Midtown Business Centre
    25 Talbot Street
    Cathedral Quarter
    BT1 2LD

    First Intuition
    6th Floor
    City Point
    Temple Gate
    BS1 6PL

    First Intuition 
    1st Floor
    2 Snow Hill
    Birmingham B4 6GA

    First Intuition
    Tangent House
    16 Forbury Road
    RG1 1SB

    Manchester Newcastle London

    icount Training
    16th Floor
    Manchester One
    Portland Street
    M1 3LD

    Newcastle Business Village
    Clavering House
    Clavering Place
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 3NG

    Lexis House
    30 Farringdon Street
    EC4A 4HH

    CCT Venues-Barbican
    Aldersgate House
    135-137 Aldersgate Street
    EC1A 4JA


    First Intuition
    1 Aire Street
    LS1 4PR