CA Articleship Training, CA Industrial Training & Stipend in New Syllabus, The unique requirement of practical training / articled training is instrumental in shaping a well-rounded professional and also ensure that students have an opportunity to acquire on-the-job work experience of a professional nature. Such a practical training…
CA Articled Training / Practical Training
- Inculcates a disciplined attitude for hard work.
- Develops necessary skills in applying theoretical knowledge to practical situations.
- Provides exposure to overall socio-economic environment in which organizations operate.
- Develops ethical values.
Duration: Three years.
When to Commence
- Foundation Route students can commence after completing Integrated Course on Information Technology and Soft Skills (ICITSS) and passing either or both groups of Intermediate Examination.
- For direct entrants coming through Graduation and Post-Graduation route, the practical training commences immediately after registration in Intermediate Course and completion of four weeks ICITSS.
- Students who have passed Intermediate level Examination of the Institute of Companies Secretaries of India or the Institute of Cost Accountants of India can commence only after completing ICITSS and passing either group or both groups of Intermediate Examination.
Students can commence articled training by submitting Form 103 and an agreement on training is to be entered with Principal in Form 102. The entire period of practical training can be served with a practicing member or it can be served partly with a practicing member and partly in an approved industrial establishment as an Industrial Trainee. The period of such industrial training may range between 9-12 months during the last year of prescribed period of practical training. Only students of Final course are eligible for industrial training.
In order to ensure that articled assistants get due training, students who are undergoing practical training can upload the details of work performed by them in web based e-diary system.
CA Industrial Training (Regulation51)
The Institute, in furtherance of its objectives of providing to the industries, members with adequate knowledge and background of industrial functioning, conceived the concept of industrial training. The concept, interalia, envisages the preparation of trainees, who intend to build their careers in industries, after becoming chartered accountants, in a manner mutually beneficial.
Training in an industrial/commercial/financial environment provides the trainees with the opportunity to develop a problem-solving attitude and to have an insight into the functioning of the accounts department. It also diversifies their practical experience and helps them in developing the attributes of team work and correlation with members of other professions and disciplines. It is intended to provide the trainees with a new dimension to their experience.
This would necessarily involve exposure of trainees to the entire gamut of activities of industrial establishments in a phased and systematic manner. An exposure to the working environment of a large commercial organization will give them an integrated view of its operations. It is essential that the member imparting training in industrial including commercial and financial enterprises, recognizes that perception of the overall business environment is the prime objective of such training.
Secondment / Exchange (Regulation 54)
In order to expose the trainees at large to multi-disciplinary work and variety of business situations, the arrangement of secondment has been provided in the Regulation 54. The procedure relating to secondment enables an articled trainee to gain practical experience, in areas where the Principal may not be in a position to provide the same, in the office of another member in practice on the basis of a mutually agreed arrangement.
Secondment is allowed with the consent of the articled trainee from one member to another member who is entitled to train articled trainees in his own right or to a member in industry who is entitled to train industrial trainees. The member to whom the trainee is seconded is not entitled to train more than two such trainees on secondment at a time.
The aggregate period of secondment cannot exceed one year. The Council may permit secondment with more than one such member provided the minimum period of secondment shall be four months. Where an articled trainee is seconded to a member in industry, the total period spent in industry including the period of industrial training should not exceed one year. During secondment the member with whom the articled assistant is seconded shall be required to pay the stipend and is responsible for imparting training and maintaining records and also required to forward the records to the principal on completion of period of secondment. The principal is required to include particulars of the secondment in the report to the Council under Regulation 64.
Apart from the secondment of a trainee from one firm to another firm or to an industry, firms may exchange trainees on mutual basis for a limited period to the advantage of firms and trainees. Such an arrangement is also quite flexible like the scheme of secondment and enables the firms to overcome deficiency, if any, in practical training imparted to trainees.
Stipend to Articled Assistants
A person registered as an articled assistant is entitled to receive a minimum monthly stipend as per the rates specified under the Chartered Accountants Regulations, 1988. The current minimum rates of monthly stipend (w.e.f. 23.01.2015) payable, depending on the situation of the normal place of service of the articled assistants are as follows.
|Classification of the normal place of service||During the first year||During second year||During the remaining|
|1. Cities/Towns having population of 20 lakh and above||2,000||2,500||3,000|
|2. Cities/Towns having a population of 4 lakh and above but less than 20 lakh||1,500||2,000||2,500|
|3. Cities/Towns having a population of less than 4 lakh||1,000||1,500||2,000|
Permission to pursue other courses of study including guidelines on working hours
Under Regulation 65 and Regulation 78 of the Chartered Accountants Regulations, 1988 an articled/audit assistant cannot take up any other course of study or training, whether academic or professional, without prior permission of the Council. The permission may be granted to an articled/audit assistant, for pursuing one additional course of study at a time during the period of practical training on submission of request in the prescribed form.
Permission to pursue other courses
- During the working hours, the articled assistant is not permitted to attend college/other institutions for pursuing any course including graduation. Accordingly, college timings of such course should not be such (after taking into account the time required to commute) which clash with the normal working hours of the articled training.
- To ensure that the working hours do not clash with the graduation or any other course, if any, pursued by the articled assistant, each articled assistant shall be required to obtain specific permission from the ICAI for pursuing graduation or other course as permitted under the Chartered Accountants Regulations by submitting Form No. 112, within one month from the date of joining the college or course to the ICAI.
- The Certificate in Form No. 112 indicating college timings etc. shall be counter-signed by the concerned Principal of the college with the seal and stamp of the College and also indicating the telephone number/s and full address of the College.
- In case a student does not comply with the above requirements or violates any of the above guidelines, his/her articleship period shall not be recognized.