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Association of Charity Independent Examiners

ACIE is an association of people who carry out IE, providing support and information to its members, charities and other interested parties.


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ACIE UK Wide Conference


22nd September, 2022



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What is ACIE?

Founded in 1999, ACIE is the only professional body whose sole focus is IE. The ACIE provides a regular programme of seminars and conferences aimed at ensuring that Independent Examiners are up to date and conversant with Best Practice.


What is the full membership?

Full Membership is the only way for people without any other accountancy qualification to undertake IE at a higher level (i.e. above £250,000 in England & Wales and Northern Ireland and the examination of accruals accounts in Scotland). The Full Membership procedure is the only route available to people wanting to have their work in Independent Examination scrutinised and validated.


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What is Independent Examination?

Independent Examination (IE) is an essential part of a your annual reporting to the Regulator

Independent examination is a form of external scrutiny suitable for smaller charities. The role of the examiner is to provide an independent scrutiny of the accounts and, in this way, help maintain public trust and confidence in charities. public.


How do I find an ACIE Independent examiner?

A number of our full members advertise their services on our website

Independent examination is a form of external scrutiny suitable for smaller charities. The role of the examiner is to provide an independent scrutiny of the accounts and, in this way, help maintain public trust and confidence in charities.


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Affilliate membership

Affiliate membership is open to anyone interested in undertaking independent examinations of charity accounts, who supports the aims of ACIE, and is willing to adhere to the ACIE Code of Ethics for any independent examinations undertaken. Affiliates receive a membership pack guiding them through the next stages.


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Full membership

Full membership is awarded for excellence in charity examination. In order to become a full member you must first have joined as an affiliate. You will need to pass a qualifying assessment, providing evidence of your knowledge and understanding of charity accounting and practical examples of IE you have undertaken. Click here to find out how to become a Full Member.


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