Apply for an ACCA practising certificate
We're sorry for the recent delays to the assessment and processing of practising certificate applications, which had increased allocation times for initial assessments. We are pleased to advise that current allocation times have been reduced to around ten weeks and are working hard to reduce that further.
We're currently prioritising applications from those members who are now considering entering into practice for the first time as a result of the financial impact of the pandemic.
New for 2022
An exemption from completing the Practising Certificate Experience Forms (PCEF) has been introduced for members who have gained all three years of their experience with employers that are registered under the ACCA Approved Employer Practising Certificate Development (PCD) stream. Instead of completing the PCEF such members must complete an ‘Approved Employer PCER confirmation form’. Read about the changes.
If you are applying for a practising certificate and audit qualification you must, in addition to the Approved Employer PCER confirmation form, complete Part 3 (audit units) of the PCEF (see below).
In addition to the form, there are examples of completed statements of achievement for each of the five Mandatory competences.
Please watch our webinar series and make sure you have read and understood the relevant guidance documents which includes comprehensive examples.
If your three years of supervised experience has not been achieved with an ACCA approved employer - practising certificate development (general) stream but the employer would have been eligible to register, you may still be eligible for a practising certificate. However, you must complete Parts 1 and 2 of the PCEF. Please refer to the rest of the guidance below.
When you submit your practising certificate application please remember to:
- Check your submitted documents are accurate and complete
- Make sure your Approved Employer PCER confirmation form or PCEF meets the requirements set out in the guidance and videos
- Use your registered e-mail address
- Make sure you read the top 10 PCEF tips
Download the application form for a practising certificate.
If you’re applying for an ACCA practising certificate for the first time, you’ll need to show that you have relevant experience. You do this by completing an Approved Employer PCER confirmation form or a practising certificate experience form (PCEF).
Once you have completed the application form and the Approved Employer PCER form or PCEF as appropriate, send them to email@example.com (it is important to keep your own copy too).
The application fee for a practising certificate is £538. Practising certificates must then be renewed on an annual basis before 31 December.
To apply for an ACCA practising certificate you must show that you have achieved:
- three years of supervised experience with an ACCA approved employer - practising certificate development (general) stream - or an employer that would be eligible to register. You can contact ACCA Connect for details of Approved Employers or alternatively access the ACCA Approved Employer Directory
- two years of post-membership experience. Only experience gained after admission to membership can count towards a practising certificate
- Experience must be supervised by an appropriately qualified individual. The definition of this is set out in Appendix 1 of the PCEF Part 1.
- the competences contained in the Approved Employer PCER confirmation form or PCEF. A member training towards the practising certificate must complete the PCEF part 1 and part 2.
The provision of basic bookkeeping services directly to the public cannot count towards the practical training requirements for our practising certificates. However, basic bookkeeping and other accountancy work undertaken on a sub-contract basis for employers who are approved by ACCA may count, provided that it is supervised by a Principal and documented in the PCEF.
Practising certificate webinars
Access our webinar series covering issues to consider if you would like to obtain a practising certificate from ACCA.