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It doesn't matter what sector or organisation you work in or choose to work in. ACCA trainees can work in any sector and size of organisation. What’s important is to look for the opportunities to help you meet your PER and to obtain a total of 36-months' experience in a relevant role or roles.

Ideally, this means that you have a job where the majority of your time is spent on activities and tasks that are accounting, finance, audit and assurance related, or in other related technical areas such as taxation, insolvency and forensics.

Even if your job includes only a small amount of accountancy and finance work, it can count as long as you pro rata the time you spend on these activities. For example, if only a quarter of your working time during the year (equivalent to three months) is spent in an accounting capacity, you may only claim three months as relevant time in your online My Experience record. This may mean that it will take you more than three years to achieve the relevant experience because some of your experience is not relevant and will not count.

Your experience doesn’t have to be gained in a single role or one continuous period and relevant experience gained before you joined ACCA may be counted.

Last updated: 25 Apr 2013