How to become a member
Once you're ready to apply for membership, there are two ways for you to join.
Appy for membership by:
- completing an online application on myACCA; or
- printing and returning a completed membership application form. You can find this form in the ‘related downloads’ section of this page.
Need more help?
We want your transition to membership to be as smooth as possible, so on this page you will find useful advice on:
- what additional supporting evidence to include; and
- what you can do to speed up your application
Additional supporting evidence
You can include up to 12 months’ lecturing experience. This is providing that it is at a level at least equivalent to the Fundamentals level of the ACCA Qualification, covering basic accounting, business studies and finance-related subjects.
Please provide details of the subjects and level taught, together with your invitation acceptance or application form.
You can gain your PER working on a part-time basis or in a role where your job includes only some accountancy and finance work.
When you record your employment details in My Experience you will be asked to provide details about your role, including the number of hours you work and the percentage of your time spent on accounting or finance related tasks. This will allow us to calculate the amount of time you can count towards the 36 months' requirement.
For example, if only a quarter of your working time during the year (equivalent to three months) is spent in an accounting capacity, you may only claim three months - not 12 - as relevant time. This will mean that it will take you more than three years to achieve the relevant experience.
If you work in public practice and sign or produce any accounts, reports, certificates or tax returns concerning any person’s/organisation’s financial affairs that may be relied upon by a third party, please include your current job description together with your invitation acceptance or application form.
Speeding up your application
We’ll check your application and ask you to fill in any gaps. To smooth things along, be sure to keep your My Experience records complete and up to date.
There are several factors that could delay your application, including:
My Experience incomplete
Please make sure you've completed the required performance objectives and had your 36 months’ experience signed off by a practical experience supervisor. Otherwise, we’ll ask you to revisit these and submit them to a suitable practical experience supervisor for review and sign-off.
Less than 36 months experience recorded
We need to know that you've completed 36 months’ relevant experience, so be sure to keep your My Experience record up to date and get your time signed off by your practical experience supervisor when you leave an employer or reach 36 months.
Performance objective exemption eligibility
If you work for an ACCA Approved Employer who holds trainee development approval at Gold or Platinum level, then they may allow you to claim a performance objective exemption. This means that you do not need to document completing the performance objectives in My Experience.
However, it is important to confirm that your employer has this level of approval and whether they want to allow you to claim the performance objective exemption.
If you qualify for the exemption, you will still need to achieve 36 months' experience and record this in My Experience.
Ethics module not completed
Ethics are vitally important to our profession, which is why we insist on you completing our Ethics and Professional Skills module – and showing this in your records – before becoming a member.
The module is meant to be taken seriously as a development resource and reflective exercise, so we’ll look into any submissions with reflective statements that are far too short, inappropriately written or deemed not to be the original work of the student.
Please make sure that your payments are up to date. We can’t invite you to become a member while your account is showing a debit balance greater than your current year’s annual subscription.
The simplest and quickest way to pay your fees is online, is via myACCA.
Although there are other options if you prefer. View details of all the payment methods available.
We’re keen to quality assure the PER process and protect the integrity of the ACCA Qualification. We therefore carry out PER audits, which review the practical experience attained for membership.
We’ll let you know if you’re selected for a PER audit as this may delay your ACCA membership. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
We’re committed to helping you achieve your membership goal. If you have any further questions about PER or membership generally, please email firstname.lastname@example.org