Keeping your CPD evidence
Please keep a record of your CPD for three years, just in case it’s needed for a CPD review.
To help you with your record-keeping, we’ve developed this page which will give you information on:
- guidance on recording your CPD
- recording tools and examples.
For your information we have included a handy document on what to do if you're selected for CPD review in the "related downloads" section of this page as well as useful information on waivers and CPD for practising members in the "related links" section of this page.
Guidance on recording your CPD
How you record your CPD varies depending on the route chosen. Select each route for specific guidance.
Please ensure that you keep comprehensive evidence of your verifiable CPD units, as well as a record of your non-verifiable CPD.
For your verifiable CPD, your records should show:
- why you chose the activity;
- what you’ve learned from it; and
- how you have/will apply the learning.
We’ve developed an online recording tool for this, within myACCA, which you might find useful. For a paper version, see our recording tools and examples section on this page.
If you’d prefer to keep records in your own format or your employer’s, please ensure that you still say why you chose the activity, what you learned and how you have/will apply the learning.
Unit route - part-time or semi-retired
Please ensure that you keep:
- a summary of your non-verifiable CPD;
- evidence of your verifiable CPD; and
- a note of why you think your verifiable CPD is relevant and adequate for your role.
Please also provide evidence of the number of hours worked, along with confirmation that you’re working in a role that meets our part-time/semi-retired route conditions.
We’ve developed a CPD checklist to help with this, which you can download from our recording tools and examples section on this page.
ACCA approved employer route
Please ensure that you keep evidence of both your:
- employment; and
- participation in your employer's development and appraisal processes.
We may confirm your CPD activity with your employer.
IFAC body route
Please ensure that you keep:
- evidence of your membership of the other accountancy body;
- evidence of your participation in their CPD programme; and
- a copy of the outcome letter if they’ve reviewed your CPD record.
We may ask you for a copy of this letter or the records you’ve kept for the other professional body.
Recording tools and examples
We’ve developed a range of tools to help you record your progress, along with examples of the types of activity that count as verifiable CPD.
To use our handy, online CPD recording tool, please log into myACCA.
CPD recording tools
CPD checklist for members working part-time/semi-retired (Mircrosoft Word, 804kb)
CPD record (PDF, 18kb)
CPD record (Microsoft Word, 799kb)
CPD summary (PDF, 13kb)
CPD summary (Microsoft Word, 773kb)
CPD record examples
Attending a course (PDF, 21kb)
Coaching (PDF, 21kb)
Consulting with experts (PDF, 20kb)
Developing a new IT system (PDF, 19kb)
Internal training (PDF, 22kb)
Lecturing (PDF, 20kb)
MBA (PDF, 24kb)
Meetings (PDF, 25kb)
Non-verifiable (PDF, 37kb)
Non-accountancy based (PDF, 20kb)
Starting a new role (PDF, 19kb)