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The professional development stream recognises employers who provide learning opportunities for ACCA members to support their Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The criteria for becoming an Approved Employer in this stream can be found in the Approved Employer assessment matrix (see 'External links').

ACCA CPD unit route exemption

ACCA members who are employed by an Approved Employer under the professional development stream are automatically exempt from having to follow ACCA's CPD Unit Scheme route. However, members are still required to complete their CPD declaration confirming they are covered under the Approved Employer route.

Investors in People UK 

ACCA has an agreement with Investors in People UK (IIP) with respect to the professional development stream of approval. The agreement enables organisations in the UK that hold Investor in People status to be automatically eligible for the professional development stream of ACCA Approved Employer.

If your organisation is based in the UK or Ireland and is recognised by IIP, you may apply directly for the award of Approved Employer (professional development stream) by contacting us on You will not need to undertake any additional work and we will grant your ACCA Approved Employer award for the same period as set by IIP for its standard. Your IIP status will be unaffected by any approvals granted by ACCA.

Any organisation which has its IIP status renewed will automatically be eligible to have its Approved Employer award renewed. However, organisations which lose their IIP status will have their ACCA Approved Employer status suspended.

Issues relating to the approval of organisations as Approved Employers are the sole responsibility of ACCA. If you would like further information on or have any queries about the Approved Employer programme, please email

Last updated: 18 Nov 2016

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