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To apply for Certified Accounting Technician status you will need to have successfully completed the Certified Accounting Technician exams and satisfied:

  • ACCA's practical experience requirements; or
  • achieved a NVQ Level 4 in Accounting.

With effect from January 2011, new arrangements for demonstrating CAT practical experience requirements under the Foundation-level qualifications have been introduced. Foundations in practical experience requirements (FPER) must be completed by all students who have registered for CAT from January 2011 onwards.

CAT students will be required to have 12 months' relevant practical experience and demonstrate the achievement of a total of 10 work-based competences. Four of these new FPER competences will be the same as the performance objectives which form part of the ACCA Qualification. If these four competences are successfully completed as part of the CAT Qualification FPER, they will count towards four of the 13 performance objectives required to achieve the ACCA Qualification.

Details about Foundations in practical experience requirements (FPER) can be found by clicking on the link in the menu on the right.

Achieving full CAT status will make you stand out from the crowd to employers, provide you with a sound foundation in accountancy, and act as a perfect way to enhance your prospects.

When you have satisfied the criteria for Certified Accounting Technician status, ACCA will confirm that you may refer to yourself as a Certified Accounting Technician and you will be able to use the letters 'CAT' after your name.

The fee to apply for CAT status is £80. This fee should be sent with your application form (which you will be sent automatically after CAT exam results have been released). You should complete this form and send it to ACCA with your FPER Record and Summary document or NVQ certificate.


The CAT qualification could be your stepping stone to the ACCA Qualification and membership of the global body for professional accountants.

The knowledge, skills and practical experience you have gained studying the CAT qualification can exempt you from certain papers and count towards the practical experience requirement of the ACCA Qualification.

In a few easy steps you could be studying for the 'ACCA' letters after your name and an exciting, rewarding career as a qualified finance professional.

Last updated: 13 Nov 2013