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A practical experience supervisor is an individual who supports your development in the workplace and reviews your progress and achievement at work. Selecting the right person to support you with the PER is an important part of the process.

Your practical experience supervisor should guide and support you by:

  • helping you identify which performance objectives you should aim to achieve
  • setting performance targets and timescales  
  • providing access to appropriate work experience and supporting your development, for example arranging job rotations, project work or other opportunities for you to gain relevant experience
  • evaluating and reviewing your progress on a regular and ongoing basis
  • signing off performance objectives that you have achieved
  • signing off time in a relevant role you are claiming towards your 36 months requirement.

It is important that your supervisor has the knowledge and experience to support you. They will be assessing whether you have met performance objectives so it is essential they have the expertise to do this.

Your practical experience supervisor should be someone who:

  • is a qualified accountant*
  • works closely with you
  • knows your work.

* A qualified accountant is a member of a professional accountancy or audit body recognised by law in the country in which you work or that is a member of IFAC (International Federation of Accountants).

Most often, a practical experience supervisor is your line manager or whoever you report to on particular projects or activities.

However your supervisor does not need to be a qualified accountant to sign-off the time you have completed in a relevant role.

Therefore if your line manager is not qualified they can sign-off your time and you can choose a second qualified practical experience supervisor who can work with your manager to sign-off your performance objectives. This second practical experience supervisor could be another manager within the organisation, a consultant or the organisation's external accountants or auditors.

Multiple practical experience supervisors

You may have more than one supervisor - or several different supervisors over a period of time - who are responsible for helping you to achieve different performance objectives.

Friends and family

Where possible you should not have friends or relatives as your practical experience supervisor to avoid any potential conflicts of interest. Where this is not possible, you should disclose the relationship to ACCA when you are applying for admission to membership. 

More information is available on the role and responsibilities of a practical experience supervisor and the personal and organisation's benefit undertaking this role can bring:

Last updated: 29 Mar 2016