Members' membership FAQs

Does ACCA provide a route for its members to become members of other bodies?

ACCA has formed mutual recognition agreements with several prestigious global accountancy bodies. This means ACCA members can become members of other bodies and to enjoy the benefits they offer.
These organisations currently include:

  • the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA Canada)
  • The Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA)
  • The Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA)

Further information can be found in the members section of the ACCA website which you can access by selecting 'Mutual memberships' under 'Related links' section of this page.

Do you provide any other routes to ACCA membership?

Yes, we provide a direct route to membership for members of other bodies specified in membership regulation 2.1.3. This takes account of the European Communities Regulations (recognition of professional qualifications). Please refer to the ACCA Rulebook for further guidance on other routes to membership. You can download a copy from 'Related documents' section of this page.

I have been removed from the register, why?

This can be for one of the following reasons:

  • Members who do not pay their subscriptions in full each year will be removed from the ACCA register and will lose their right to use the ACCA letters after their name (Regulation 11(1) Chartered Certified Accountants' Membership Regulations).
  • Members who do not comply with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements will be removed from the ACCA register and will lose their right to use the ACCA letters after their name (Regulation 12 Chartered Certified Accountants' Membership Regulations).
  • An individual may also be removed on disciplinary grounds or due to bankruptcy.

My account is currently suspended, how can this be reactivated?

Please contact your local office or ACCA Connect to request the relevant reinstatement form. You can find a link to ACCA Connect in 'Related links' section of this page.

  • Members or affiliates who were removed from the register for non-payment of subscription fees
    You must pay the current year's subscription, the reinstatement fee and any unpaid sums owed at the time of removal. Those members with outstanding annual continuing professional development (CPD) declarations must also complete the declaration section on page 6 of the reinstatement form.
  • Members who were removed from the register for non-compliance of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) obligations
    You must submit a CPD declaration and provide any outstanding CPD evidence. You will also have to complete the reinstatement form and pay the reinstatement fee.
  • Members or affiliates who have previously resigned from the ACCA register
    You will be required to pay any unpaid sums at the time of resignation and the current year's subscription and a reinstatement fee. Those members with an outstanding annual CPD declaration must also complete the declaration section on page 6 of the reinstatement form.
  • Individuals who were removed from the register on disciplinary grounds or due to bankruptcy
    In addition to completing the reinstatement form and paying all fees due, you will need to supply character references. You may be subject to the preparation of a report by an ACCA approved practitioner on your conduct in the period since your exclusion, for which an additional fee may be payable. Applicants may also be required to pass further examinations and/or tests and be subject to further conditions for reinstatement. Advice on these procedures will be given on receipt of this form.
  • Members in public practice
    An applicant for reinstatement who is in public practice as the principal of a firm (whether on a full-time or spare-time basis) must submit an application for a practising certificate with the reinstatement form.  An applicant for reinstatement from outside the UK (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) or Ireland must submit either an application for an ACCA practising certificate or supply a copy of a practising certificate issued by a recognised national body or authority. (Applicable only to former members; affiliates are not permitted to enter into public practice.)

I am an ACCA member having difficulty paying my fees. Can ACCA help?

Some members can apply to pay a reduced subscription. Please see the 'Reduced Subscriptions' link in 'Related links' section of this page to find out if you are eligible and to download a copy of the application form.

I have retired and wish to resign from the register, what should I do?

If you have been a member for at least 30 years and have retired, you may apply to Council to be placed on the register of retired members.

If you have not been a member for 30 years, you can apply to be transferred to the list for health or personal reasons. Council will consider your application and may accept or reject it at its discretion.

Please include your reasons for applying in your application and enclose the commutation fee. (The fee will be returned to you if the application is not granted.) After you have paid the commutation fee, no further subscription fees need be paid and no further CPD declarations will be requested.

Can affiliates/members re-sit exams that have already been passed?

Yes. Plan and book your exams through the exam planner.

Can affiliates/members enter additional exams?

Yes. Plan and book your exams through the exam planner.

CPD Coronavirus Covid-19 FAQs

I am not working due to Covid-19.  Do I still need to comply with the CPD requirement?

We understand that the impact of Covid-19 may result in members being furloughed/off-work and as a result they may not be able to fulfil their CPD requirements.  If this applies to you then you can apply for a waiver for the period when you are not active in the workplace. A minimum of one month's absence from work is required in order to be eligible. Waivers will be granted pro rata to the period of absence from work. Please wait until the earlier of: (a) when you have returned to the workplace, so that you know the extent of the period you’ve been absent from work; or (b) late December, before applying for a waiver.

You can apply for a waiver in one of the following ways:   

*Select “Career break” from the drop-down menu if you have been furloughed/are off work due to Covid-19.

Please note the same arrangements are available for our members who may have a long-term or serious illness, be caring for a family member, be on maternity or paternity leave, be unemployed, or taking a career break. Further information on waivers can be found in the managing you CPD area of the website.

In all cases, you should retain documentary evidence related to the waiver application for a period of three years. You will still have to complete your annual CPD declaration. Please refer to the CPD waiver guidance .

Will ACCA be reducing the CPD requirement in response to Covid-19?

Members whose working arrangements are significantly impacted by Covid-19 should refer to the CPD waiver guidance. The CPD requirement for 2020 has not been amended. We recognise availability of some CPD events will be reduced due to the impact of Covid-19 and we would encourage you to look for alternative ways of undertaking CPD, such as online courses, as well recognising the learning and development you may have gained addressing the Covid-19 challenges. We would recommend that you review your CPD plan and, where events you were scheduled to attend have been cancelled, look for opportunities to address these learning needs through other mediums or at a later date.

ACCA recognises that this situation is an evolving one and will be subject to on-going review and may change.

I was due to attend a face-to-face event that has been cancelled due to Covid-19. How do I meet my CPD requirement?

We recognise availability of some CPD events will be reduced due to the impact of Covid-19 and we would encourage you to look for alternative ways of undertaking CPD, such as online courses, as well recognising the learning and development you may have gained addressing the Covid-19 challenges. There are many ways to undertake CPD other than face-to-face events. For example, work-based learning, research, project work, consulting with experts, coaching and mentoring, studying for additional qualifications and online learning can all count as CPD if that learning is relevant to your current or future role. ACCA also has a comprehensive range of online learning available via the CPD Activities Finder many of which are free or are being offered to members by our CPD partners at a discounted rate. Please check this online resource as you may be able to find an activity which covers the subject matter of a cancelled face-to-face course. For example, ACCA has increased the number of online courses and webinars.

I am really busy now adapting my working practices in response to Covid-19 and do not have time for CPD. What should I do?

We recognise the challenges many members are facing due to the impact of Covid-19. You may be working from home for the first time or having to manage a team remotely. You may be using different technologies or platforms  to conduct meetings and stay in touch with your colleagues and/or clients. You may be involved in crisis management or business continuity planning. You may be researching the financial implications of Covid-19 in order to advise your employer or your clients – ACCA’s Covid-19 Hub provides lots of useful articles and insights to assist you in this. You may be balancing work with looking after dependents. While it may not be at the forefront of your thoughts at this time, you will look back on these challenges and realise that they have contributed to your development and will count as CPD. For example, you may have gained new skills, developed your personal resilience or honed your time or people management. Researching into the implications of Covid-19 for you, your employer and/or your clients will also count as CPD.

If you are unable to work during this time, then you may be eligible to apply for a CPD waiver. Please see the CPD waiver guidance for further details.

How do I show ACCA that I’ve been undertaking CPD?

You can use ACCA’s online CPD Record accessed via myACCA to document the learning and development you have achieved. Don’t worry if you don’t have time to keep a detailed record at the moment. You can update your record from your notes, reports or diary entries etc. when you have more time. ACCA also accepts CPD records in your own, your employer’s or your other professional body’s format so there is no need to duplicate records. All we need is a brief outline of what the activity was, what you’ve learned and how you have or will apply the learning.

How do I demonstrate the application of my learning to show that it is relevant CPD?

For an activity to count as CPD you need to be able to demonstrate how you have or will apply that learning in the workplace. So, any learning you do now, even if you are furloughed or on a career break, will count as CPD if you can show that you will use this learning when you return to work. For example, you may learn about a change to tax regulations that you will then use to update your tax reporting when you return to the office. You may be learning how to use different technologies or processes that you will implement when back at work. Or you may be undertaking some personal development that will benefit your effectiveness in the workplace or aid your career progression.

My employer usually pays for my CPD but is not able to currently. What should I do?

ACCA has a comprehensive range of online learning available via the CPD Activities Finder many of which are free or are being offered to members by our CPD partners at a discounted rate. There is also a lot of useful articles and insights on the Covid-19 Hub which can contribute to your CPD. Please also remember that work-based learning and development is a really good source of CPD.

I work for an ACCA Approved Employer but have been furloughed/asked to take a temporary leave of absence, can I still meet the requirement for 2020 via this route?

Yes, you are eligible to meet your CPD requirement for 2020 through the Approved Employer route if you have been employed by an ACCA Approved Employer – professional development stream at any point during the year. When you return to work, you and your employer will review your ongoing development needs and agree a plan of action to meet these.

I am also a member of another IFAC member body and follow the IFAC body route to meet my CPD requirement. What should I do?

You will remain eligible to meet the ACCA CPD requirement through following the IFAC body route, if you remain a member of your other IFAC member body and meet the requirements of that body’s IFAC complaint CPD policy. ACCA will respect any amendments, variations or waivers your other IFAC member body may decide to make.

I am unsure about ACCA’s CPD requirements. Where can I find more information?

Full information on ACCA’s CPD requirements is available on the managing your CPD area of the website.