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 a practising certificate experience form (PCEF).  The PCEF replaced the practising certificate training record (PCTR) on 1 January 2019. If you have already started recording a PCTR please review the transition guide.

Once you have completed the application form and the appropriate experience document (either PCTR or PCEF), send them to authorisation@accaglobal.com (it is important to keep your own copy too).

Due to current volumes of assessments, applications will be assessed no sooner than 30 working days.

The standard fee for a practising certificate is £490.

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 or audit) 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 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.