We recognise that situations will occur where members are unable to fulfil their CPD requirements. Members in exceptional circumstances will be able to apply for a waiver for the period when they are not active in the workplace.
A minimum of one month's absence from work is required in order to be eligible. Waivers in respect of long term and/or serious illness, onerous caring duties for a close family member, maternity or paternity leave, unemployment and career breaks will be granted pro rata to the period of absence from work.
A waiver of seven verifiable units may be granted in certain circumstances to members with onerous caring duties who do not have an extended period of absence from work. Please apply by email/letter providing full details of your circumstances.
You can apply for a waiver in one of the following ways:
- online self-declaration, via your myACCA account
- downloading a form to complete and send to us (the form is available from the 'related documents' area of this page)
- by email/letter, details in the 'get in touch' section of this page.
In all cases, you should retain documentary evidence to support the waiver application for a period of three years. You will still have to complete your annual CPD declaration. Only members on our retired register are exempt from undertaking CPD and making a declaration.
It is possible to apply for a waiver in respect of a previous year if your circumstances meet our waiver eligibility criteria. Doing so may help reduce any CPD shortfall you are required to make up.