The ACA qualification is regarded globally as one of the leading business and finance qualifications, and is recognised and valued in practice, industry, commerce and the public sector.  Seamlessly merging examinations with practical on-the-job training, it fully equips you with all the relevant experience, skills and professional knowledge to make sound decisions in genuine business environments.

On successful completion of the ACA examinations, a training contract with an ICAEW Authorised Training Employer (ATE) and required work experience, students apply to have the three exclusive letters ACA after their names, and a glittering career ahead of them.

Sunway TES CAE, the only active ICAEW Partner in Learning in Malaysia.


Since the inception of the ICAEW ACA programme at Sunway TES CAE in 2004, students from Sunway TES CAE have emerged with the highest marks in the ACA examinations globally, and have been awarded a total of 13 world prize and 3 overall Order of Merits.

To date, two of our students were awarded the 2nd and 5th placing in the professional Stage overall order of merit, placing them in the top 0.5 percent quartile of achievers in the ACA qualification worldwide.

High Pass Rate
Sunway TES CAE’s average pass rates for examinations are as follows:

  • Certificate level: 95%
  • Professional level: 85%
  • Advanced level: 75%

Note: The above pass rates varies from time to time.

Successful Graduates
The first cohort of students successfully completed the ICAEW programme in the November 2007 examinations.   Since then until the November 2016 examinations, a total of 519 ICAEW students benefited from Sunway TES CAE tuition programme and graduated as Chartered Accountants.  They are now involved in various businesses and industries, with many holding senior positions in their respective organisations.

This is a testimony of Sunway TES CAE’s team of qualified and experienced lecturers and what can be achieved on a mentor (lecturers) and mentee (students) basis.

The ACA Exam Structure
The ACA comprises three levels – the Certificate Level, Professional Level and Advanced Level.

    Certificate level papers introduce you to the core concepts underpinning accountancy.
    Professional level papers is where you can demonstrate how you can develop and apply technical knowledge and skills.
    The Advanced Level is where the ACA demonstrates its world-leading quality. The modules will stretch you to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach and prove that you can use judgment as well as technical and analytical skills.

The Case Study, which is based on a Harvard Business School model, will test your professional skills in the context of a specific business issue and challenge you on multiple areas of the syllabus.

Ethics, technical work experience and initial professional development are integrated throughout both stages. This supports your business decision-making and puts your learning into context.

The diagram below shows the progression route to becoming an ACA.

Credit for prior learning
If you have an accounting or business- related degree or a professional qualification, you may apply for credit / exemption from an ICAEW exam module.

Please visit for more information on credit / exemption arrangements.

Progression route for ICAEW

Entry Requirements

Aged 18 years and above, or 23 years and below, with one of the criteria below:

  1. Diploma / Advanced Diploma and Degree in any field of studies from a nationally accredited university (CGPA 2.50 / pass)
  2. Professional accountancy qualification
  3. CFAB (pass)
  4. STPM / A-Level (CGPA 3.00 (BBB) and above / BBB and above)
  5. AUSMAT / SAM (ATAR 80 and above)
  6. CIMP / CPU (80% and above)
  7. MUFY (80% and above)
  8. CAT (80% average)
  9. UEC (15 points and below in best 5 subjects (including A’s in English and Mathematics, minimum of B’s in the remaining 3 subjects)
  10. Any foundations approved by MQA (average mark of 80% and above)

For pathway iv, v, vi, vii, x, credit in SPM Mathematics and English is required.

English language pro ciency may be demonstrated by any of the following:

  • evidence that english is the language of instruction in secondary or tertiary studies completed; or

Other English language pro ciency requirements such as:

  • IELTS (academic) minimum 6.5 and at least 6.0 for each individual band
  • TOEFL (paper-based) minimum 600 and TWE (Test of Written english) 6
March and September
Certificate Level
The examination for Certificate Level papers are computer-based and will be held every 3 months

Professional Level
March, June, September, December

Advanced level
July and November
Most students qualify in 3 to 5 years


Most of the ICAEW Authorised Training Employers (ATEs) provide full or partial funding for tuition and examination fees.

You can choose from a variety of ATEs such as professional services rms, corporate organisations, multinationals or other medium-sized firms. Some examples of ATEs are as follows:

  • BDO
  • Folks DFK
  • PwC
  • Bursa Malaysia
  • Genting Malaysia
  • Sunway Group
  • Boustead Holdings
  • KPMG
  • SJ Grant Thornton
  • CIMB
  • Maybank Group
  • UHY
  • Deloitte
  • Mustapha Raj
  • EY

Please visit or contact the ICAAW Malaysia office at for more information on training vacancies.