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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.

Students are required to keep an electronic record of progress towards the achievement of both Essentials and Technical Competences, and will be required to submit a completed and verified paper-based version of their FPER Record and Summary to ACCA.

The FPER Guide (found in the Related Documents section below) explains how FPER is structured and how it should be completed. This document should be read by both CAT students and their workplace mentors. It contains information about how to demonstrate the necessary competences; describes who is eligible to be a workplace mentor; and explains the responsibilities of workplace mentors in supporting and verifying the work of student.

There are also documents in the Related Documents section that explain what is involved in becoming a CAT Workplace Mentor and a selection of the Essentials and Technical CAT FPER competences and how they could be demonstrated. This document is intended to help CAT students assess the standard of responses required for successful completion.

Students who have completed their FPER should complete and submit the FPER Record and Summary document to ACCA. This is a writeable PDF which students can access through myACCA. It can be edited electronically and sent for review and sign-off to workplace mentors as required. The final verified version should be sent to ACCA as a hard copy.

Last updated: 29 Apr 2013

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