IFA membership grades

Associate (AFA/MIPA)

AFA is the IFA’s base-level membership grade. In order to join the IFA at the AFA level you will need to be able to demonstrate the equivalent of a Level 5 accountancy qualification covering at least the same level and content as our Level 5 Diploma for Financial Managers.

Obtaining, and maintaining, this grade of membership shows that you have maintained a high level of integrity, ethical behaviour and good standing with the IFA, met the IFA’s CPD policy and gained the technical theory in order to operate as an IFA Financial Accountant and offer accountancy services to the public. 

Members at AFA level who are based in the UK will be required to apply for an IFA practising certificate if they are offering services to the public for reward. You will need to meet the IFA practising certificate eligibility criteria.

Fellow (FFA/FIPA)

FFA is the IFA’s highest membership grade. We expect you to have been working in a senior role in the accountancy profession for no fewer than ten years, the last five at a senior level in accountancy.

You will need to have a minimum of five consecutive years’ membership with the IFA at AFA level or equivalent from another professional accountancy body.

Obtaining this grade of membership shows that you have maintained a high level of integrity, ethical behaviour and good standing with the IFA, met the IFA’s CPD policy and gained the technical theory in order to operate as an IFA Financial Accountant and offer accountancy services to the public.

Members at FFA level who are based in the UK will be required to apply for an IFA practising certificate if they are offering services to the public for reward. You will need to meet the IFA practising certificate eligibility criteria.

Associate Tax Adviser (ATA)

Membership at the grade of Associate (ATA) means you can refer to yourself as an IFA Tax Adviser. In order to obtain this grade of membership you will need to demonstrate that you have successfully completed a Level 4 Tax qualification equivalent or greater than the IFA’s Level 4 Tax for SME’s. This grade of membership can run alongside the IFA AFA membership grade. 

Obtaining this grade of membership shows that you have maintained a high level of integrity, ethical behaviour and good standing with the IFA, met the IFA’s CPD policy and gained the technical theory in order to operate as an IFA Tax Adviser and offer taxation services to the public.

Members at ATA level who are based in the UK will be required to apply for an IFA practising certificate if they are offering services to the public for reward. You will need to meet the IFA practising certificate eligibility criteria.

Fellow Tax Adviser (FTA)

Membership at the grade of Fellow (FTA) means you can refer to yourself as an IFA Tax Adviser. In order to obtain this grade of membership we expect you to have been working in a senior role in the tax profession for no fewer than ten years, the last five at a senior level in taxation.

You will need to have a minimum of five consecutive years’ membership with the IFA at Associate level or equivalent from another professional accountancy body. This grade of membership can run alongside the IFA FFA membership grade. 

Obtaining this grade of membership shows that you have maintained a high level of integrity, ethical behaviour and good standing with the IFA, met the IFA’s CPD policy and gained the technical theory in order to operate as an IFA Tax Adviser and offer taxation services to the public.

Members at FTA level who are based in the UK will be required to apply for an IFA practising certificate if they are offering services to the public for reward. You will need to meet the IFA practising certificate eligibility criteria.