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How long will it take?

It depends on what qualifications you have before you register with us. The quickest way to become qualified is to work and study at the same time. If you do, you could become an ACCA member in three or four years.

How you study for our qualification is very flexible and you can progress at your own pace. Flexible study is subject to certain rules at the Professional level. Find out more about our flexibility at the Professional level

There is no limit to complete your studies until the professional level (there is a seven year time limit to complete all professional exams). The seven year rule will apply to all new students who register from March 2016 and to any existing students once their initial 10 year time limit has been reached.

The rule applies once a student has passed their first Professional level exam. If students do not complete all the professional level exams in seven years, they will start to lose any paper that is more than seven years old and will have to re-sit it.

Our Student Planner App will help you calculate how long your journey to ACCA membership will take.

Study options

You can choose how you study, how often you sit your exams and where you get your relevant practical experience. But we recommend you do the practical experience along with passing your exams if you can.

You can choose from a variety of different study options including:

  • full-time courses
  • part-time day or evening courses
  • distance learning
  • weekend courses
  • ACCA-X - an exciting online learning programme providing high-quality, free and affordable courses
  • revision courses.

If you choose to be tutored rather than self-study, you can search the ACCA tuition provider directory to find your nearest tutor.

Additional support

When you register as an ACCA student you will get access to a range of resources and support, including:

  • 'Student Accountant' digital magazine
  • syllabuses and study guides
  • past exam papers
  • Facebook – where you can network with other students
  • face to face events
  • guidance and support for finding and recording relevant work experience.

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