ACCA Practising Certificate

Apply for an ACCA practising certificate

We’re sorry for the extended delays to the assessment and processing of practising certificate applications.  All of our staff continue to work from home, and in recent months ACCA has received significantly more practising certificate applications, which has increased allocation times for initial assessments to around 60 days.

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 and we’re working hard to reduce the assessment time for all applications.

When you submit your practising certificate application please remember to:

  • Check your submitted documents are accurate and complete
  • Make sure your 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 

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). 

Once you have completed the application form andthe PCEF, send them to (it is important to keep your own copy too).

Due to current volumes of assessments, applications will be assessed no sooner than 60 working days.

The application fee for a practising certificate is £514. 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 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.