ACCA offers exemptions from the ACCA Qualification and Foundation Level qualifications to students who have studied other relevant qualifications. This means you can start your studies at a level that is consistent with the knowledge and skills gained from prior learning and provides you with the quickest route to ACCA membership.
If you have gained additional qualifications after registering as a student, you may be eligible to claim further exemptions, which you can apply for at any time. Please contact ACCA Connect for further information.
What exemptions are available?
A maximum of nine papers at the Fundamentals level of the ACCA Qualification can be awarded. To preserve the integrity and rigour of the ACCA Qualification and to ensure that all students share a common experience, we do not award any exemptions at the Professional level.
Exemptions are also available for the Foundation Level qualifications.
No exemptions are awarded from any of the papers or modules examined within ACCA's suite of post-professional qualifications.
No exemptions are awarded from the ACCA Qualification on the basis of work experience.
Take a look at the exemption enquiry database to find out which exemptions you could claim.
Should I claim my exemptions?
Exemptions stop you from having to study the same topics that you have already been taught. This is great if you have recently achieved a qualification, as it's still fresh in your mind. However, if you are thinking of claiming an ACCA exemption based on qualifications you gained years ago, or if you have been working in a field other than accountancy for some time, you may need to take the exam.
Studying for the exam will allow you to refresh your knowledge and will ensure you are sufficiently prepared for the higher level papers, which go into topics in greater depth.
If you are not sure whether to apply for an exemption, why not have a look through our past exam papers? If you are not confident you could pass the exam right now, you should study for that paper and take the exam.
If you intend to complete the BSc degree in Applied Accounting, please be aware that Oxford Brookes University gives credit for exemptions awarded to ACCA students for any of the Fundamental level Papers F1 to F6, but a student must sit and pass the ACCA Fundamentals Papers F7, F8 and F9 to be eligible for the BSc degree. Oxford Brookes is not able to give credit for exemptions based on qualifications gained more than 10 years ago.
Applying for ACCA exemptions and myACCA security
ACCA students are encouraged to study with ACCA approved learning partners to obtain quality tuition and assistance in the payment process. ACCA students should obtain further information regarding ACCA Approved Learning Partners; additional information can be obtained from your local ACCA office or our website.
- ACCA students must not in any circumstances share their myACCA login details or password with any other persons, including ACCA Exchange/Approved Partners.
- If a student believes a third party has knowledge of their myACCA login and/ or password they must change their login details and password immediately and notify ACCA by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Application for exemptions should only ever be made by students liaising directly with ACCA and not via third parties (other than Exchange/Approved Employers provided they have signed approval from the student).
- To make it easier for ACCA students to pay for exemptions or any other ACCA fee, a number of our national offices have been working in partnership with local banks to offer pre-paid debit cards. For further information please contact your local ACCA office.
ACCA students must ensure that the proof of completion of qualification and the official transcript of all subjects studied are authentic. To submit, permit, cause to be submitted false or fraudulent documentation to ACCA in support of an application for exemptions will result in disciplinary proceedings being brought by ACCA against you and this may result in your removal from the register.
How to claim exemptions
Visit the ACCA Exemptions Calculator
- You must send official proof of any qualifications, such as academic transcripts or award certificates, along with your registration form so that we can assess if you are eligible for exemptions.
- Online print outs of academic transcripts are not acceptable. Only copies of official documentation signed and stamped by the awarding body, can be accepted.
- Any documents not in English must be officially translated before they are sent to us. Please note that where documents have been issued in a language other than English, we require a photocopy of both the original language documents and a copy of the official English translation.
- ACCA can only award exemptions for qualifications from recognised institutions (those recognised by the local Ministry of Education). If your institution is not listed on the exemption enquiry database, please ask your institution to send copies of their documents to ACCA for review.
- If ACCA has not been given the opportunity to fully assess a qualification by an awarding body, then that qualification may not be accredited. In this case, fewer exemptions may be available. Unfortunately ACCA does not consider applications from students for further exemptions in these circumstances.
Exemptions, if you’re claiming them (these are qualifications you may already hold which could exempt you from studying for parts of the qualification) need to be paid within 30 days of notifying us.