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Before you apply...

Before you make an application for Exemption Accreditation please ensure that you have read our Exemption Handbook which includes full information about the programme.

Once you are ready to make an application please use the Exemption Accreditation Application Pack which explains the steps and contains the required documentation to make the application.

What supporting documentation is required?

In order to complete the assessment, the accreditation team must receive the following supporting documentation:

  • Detailed programme structure, including full list of options and elective papers
  • Syllabus details for all modules with relevance to any paper at ACCA’s Fundamentals level
  • Pilot/live examination papers for all modules with relevance to any paper at the Fundamentals level
  • Copy of the programme regulations
  • Where appropriate, a copy of the articulation/franchise agreement between the awarding body, and the educational institution that is delivering the programme.

Submitting your documentation

Please send the above documentation along with a completed Application Form and Assessment Matrix to the New Accreditations Team via email to

Please note: Applications for accreditation will only be considered from Higher Education Institutes and not from individual students.

ACCA Examinations

ACCA expects all examination papers submitted for exemption assessment to be unique to the institution applying for exemption accreditation.

Upon receipt of your application ACCA will use specialist detection software to ascertain if your examinations are in fact unique. If plagiarism has been detected ACCA will be unable to proceed with an assessment of your programme until you have removed the plagiarised questions.

ACCA has made, and continues to make, significant investment to develop globally recognised and relevant qualifications. In order to protect the integrity and quality of the whole range of qualifications, all aspects of ACCA’s qualifications* are protected by copyright.

ACCA does not permit, under any circumstances, the unauthorised copying, reproduction or translation of ACCA’s qualifications. ACCA’s entire suite of qualifications remains the intellectual property of ACCA and should never be held out as the intellectual property of another party.

Any attempt to copy, replicate or translate any aspect of ACCA’s qualifications is an infringement of ACCA’s intellectual property rights and, as such, provides grounds for ACCA to pursue a claim for copyright infringement.

ACCA will pursue copyright infringement claims in the event that any of the circumstances outlined below occur:

  • Copying, reproduction or translation of the content of any part of ACCA’s qualifications:

I. in full

II. where it is found that the substantive part of a text is a copy, reproduction or translation of any part of ACCA’s qualifications

  • Copying, reproduction or translation of the style and/or design of any part of ACCA’s qualifications.

ACCA expects all stakeholders and interested parties to respect the intellectual property rights subsisting in its qualifications.

*ACCA’s qualifications include the syllabus and examinations for the ACCA Qualification, the Foundations in Accountancy suite of qualifications, the Diploma in International Financial Reporting (DipIFR), the Certificate in International Financial Reporting (CertIFR), the Certificate in International Auditing (CertIA), the Diploma in Financial Management (DipFM) as well as ACCA’s Foundations in Professionalism, the Professional Ethics Module and the objectives outlined in ACCA’s Practical Experience Requirement.

Last updated: 5 Jan 2016

Related documents

  • Exemption Handbook 2016

    PDF 145KB
  • Exemption Accreditation Application Pack

    PDF 624KB