Applying for a CPD waiver
Who can apply for a waiver?
You can only apply for a waiver if you’re following our full unit route.
If you’re following our part-time or semi-retired route, you set your own CPD targets so there shouldn’t be any need for a waiver. Please do keep a record of any exceptional circumstances that prevent you from completing your verifiable CPD though.
Working for an ACCA approved employer
There shouldn’t be any need for you to apply for a waiver if you work for an ACCA Approved Employer - professional development. If an employee is on maternity leave, for example, we’d expect the employer to re-assess their development needs on returning to work.
IFAC body route
If you’re following the IFAC body route, please apply to the other IFAC body for a waiver if you need one.
Practising certificate/insolvency licence holders
If you hold a current practising certificate or insolvency licence, you can apply for a waiver online, giving your reasons why.
Members not involved in public practice
If you’re not a practising member, you don’t need to provide your supporting documentation when applying for a waiver, but please hold onto it for three years just in case it’s needed.
Provided you meet certain criteria, waivers will be granted automatically.
Please ensure that you apply for an online self-declaration waiver in the CPD year it’s needed.
If you’re applying for a waiver for a previous CPD year, we’ll ask you for supporting documentation.