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The application to join ACCA is completed online.

To complete your application, you'll need:

  • Proof of identification such as driver's license, passport or birth certificate
  • Official translations of any documents not in English, stamped by a licensed translator who is authorised and qualified to provide translation services
  • If applying to study our ACCA qualification, you will need to upload evidence that you meet our minimum entry requirements
  • If you are under the age of 16 (or under 18 and you live in Kenya or Malaysia) you'll need to upload a signed parental consent form or parental consent form (Malaysia)
  • If any matters listed in bye-law8 apply to you (for example if you have received a conviction or caution or been disciplined by another professional or regulatory body), please ensure you complete the Admission and Licencing Committee form. For those residing in Russia, please also complete the data consent form

What you need to know:

  • The application process will take around 10 minutes to complete.
  • You will have the opportunity to apply for exemptions during the process.
  • If you apply for exemptions, you need to upload evidence that you are eligible. Our guide to exemptions can help you prepare the correct documents. 
  • We work in partnership with national accountancy bodies in certain countries, so you may also need to register with another local organisation and pay additional charges. Check the list of Joint Examination Schemes to see if this applies to you.
  • If you register on or before the late entry June exam deadline in your first year, you will be invoiced the annual subscription fee as you’re eligible to sit exams in the June, September and December sessions. Check important dates. After that your annual subscription fee is due and payable on or before 1 January each year if you wish to remain an active student. We send you an invoice every November. You need to pay this even if you don't plan to take any exams that year.
  • If your employer or education provider has provided you with a registration code, please enter it in the Registration Code field on stage 4 of your application. If you haven’t been provided with a code, please leave this blank. 

If you’re having a problem with your application, our advisers may be able to help you via our 'Ask ACCA' chat service

Accelerate is a fast-track programme that supports university students to work towards achievement of the ACCA Qualification alongside their university studies. 

There is country-specific information about Accelerate, including guidance on how to register:

Information for universities:

If you're contacting us on behalf of a university and would like to learn more about Accelerate, including how to partner with us, you can find out more information in the following sections:   

We're often asked how much it costs to complete the ACCA Qualification. It's difficult to explain. Our fees and charges section may help.

Cost depends on individual learning style and pace; whether you self-learn or use a learning partner; and your study path.

If you register on or before the late entry June deadline for each year, you will be invoiced for the annual subscription fee as you’re eligible to sit exams in the June, September and December sessions.

Check our important dates section. After that your annual subscription fee is due and payable on or before 1 January each year if you wish to remain an active student. We send you an invoice every November. You need to pay this even if you don't plan to take any exams that year.

And if you forget to pay, you may be removed from the register of students and must pay a re-registration fee, as well as any outstanding fees, to enable you to continue with your studies. Remember, you must pay this whether or not you’re planning to take exams that year.

You'll need the following to complete your application:

  • Proof of identification such as driver's license, passport or birth certificate.
  • Official translations of any documents not in English, stamped by a licensed translator who is authorised and qualified to provide translation services.
  • If applying to study our ACCA Qualification, you will need to upload evidence that you meet our minimum entry requirements.
  • If you are under the age of 16 (or under 18 and you live in Kenya or Malaysia) you'll need to upload a signed parental consent form or parental consent form (Malaysia).
  • If any matters listed in bye-law8 apply to you (for example if you have received a conviction or caution or been disciplined by another professional or regulatory body), please ensure you complete the Admission and Licencing Committee form. For those residing in Russia, please also complete the data consent form

The fastest and easiest way to check what exemptions may be available is to use our exemptions calculator

For step-by-step guidance on applying, try our exemptions guide tool

What do we need?

  • Official proof of any qualifications, such as academic transcripts and award certificates.
  • Where documents have been issued in a language other than English, we require a photocopy of both the original language documents and a copy of the official English translation. 

You can upload your document(s) on this form, when you choose to send us a message. 

Please follow the instructions to upload your document(s). 

If you're experiencing issues with your online application to become an ACCA student, use our 'Ask ACCA' chat for support.

If you have applied to join ACCA and wish to cancel your application, you need to notify us within 14 days.

Complete the form and our team will reply to you with an update.

We ask that you give us information to understand why you wish to cancel your application, in case we can provide support.

If you have submitted an application to register, log into your myACCA account to track the progress of your application using your student registration number.

  1. On the first attempt to login, you’ll be given the opportunity to create a password.
  2. Once logged in, you’ll be able to view the status of your application.

It usually takes 5 working days to process an application for registration once it has been submitted, as we'll be carrying out a detailed assessment of any documents submitted during the registration process. 

If your application is on hold and you have been asked to send further supporting documents, these should be submitted through your myACCA portal.  

Once your application is finalised, you'll receive email confirmation along with details of any exemptions awarded (if applicable).

If you’re having a problem with your application, or face an issue uploading documents, use our 'Ask ACCA' chat function for support.

What supporting documents do I need to apply?

You'll need the following to complete your application:

  • proof of your qualifications, such as award certificates
  • proof of your identity, such as a copy of your passport or birth certificate
  • a passport-style photograph

For official documents such as award certificates and passports, don’t send us the originals. Copies are all we need.

What if my documents are not in English?

If your documents are not in English then you'll need to provide an official translation, along with copies of the documents in their original language. Official translations are done and stamped by a licensed translator.

What if I face an issue adding my documents?

If you are facing an issue with uploading your documents to your application, try to add them in smaller batches and not all at the same time. Check any error messages and follow any on-screen guidance.

It's best to upload and add any documents to your online application. However, if you continue to face an issue, use our 'Ask ACCA' chat for help.

If your account has been suspended and you’d like to re-register with ACCA, please complete the form below.

Once you have submitted your details using this form, your myACCA account will be reopened within 24 hours. This will allow you to view your outstanding balance, which will include a re-registration fee. You can then make payment via myACCA.

After your request has been submitted, we will notify you of the payment deadline, which will be 10 days after reopening your account.

If payment has not been made in full by the deadline, your account will automatically be deactivated again, and you will not be able to access your myACCA account.

Once you have submitted the form you will not need to contact us again for your account to be opened.

Joint examination partnerships

ACCA works in partnership with local accountancy bodies in a number of countries. Examples of this would be Joint Examination Schemes and Strategic Partnerships.

ACCA has 15 Joint Examination Partnerships globally, where we work with a national Professional Accountancy Organisation (PAO) to provide globally accepted qualifications, with local recognition and relevance.

Under these partnerships, students register with both ACCA and the national partner and are thereby able to satisfy the exam criteria for membership of both simultaneously.

For a list of partner, visit our Joint Scheme partners section

We encourage you to use the many resources available to help with your studies, so you can complete your qualification.

Visit our study support section for a range of resources to support your learning.

For the best chance of exam success, we recommend you use these resources alongside online or face-to-face tuition from an Approved Learning Partner. Check out our tuition and study options

If you want some help on which one is available to you, use our 'Ask ACCA' chat function. 

The minimum age to register with ACCA is 13. 

If between the ages of 13-17 in Kenya, the Philippines or Malaysia, and 13-15 everywhere else, we will need parental consent to be provided upon registration.

The parental consent form is to be completed by the applicant’s parent, guardian or person with parental responsibility.  Download the parental consent form (PDF)

If you reside in Malaysia, download our parental consent form (Malaysia) (PDF)

The parental consent form should be included with your student application.

However, if you face an issue, you can upload your document(s) on this form, when you choose to send us a message.

Please follow the instructions to upload your document(s).

If you want to rejoin ACCA as a student, affiliate or member, you'll be required to pay any outstanding fees when you resigned, froze or suspended your account.

If your account is suspended, you won't be able to log in to view your balance.

But if you use our 'Ask ACCA' chat function for support, we can advise on what you need to do to reactivate your account.

ACCA qualifications are recognised in the UK qualification frameworks

In England and Northern Ireland, our Foundation-Level qualifications are recognised on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and are regulated by Ofqual and CCEA Regulation. In Wales our Foundation-Level qualifications are recognised on the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales (CQFW) and are regulated by Qualifications Wales.

In Scotland, our ACCA Qualification and Foundation-Level qualifications are recognised on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) and are regulated by SQA Accreditation.

Where is ACCA recognised?

We have a worldwide reputation for excellence and our rigorous qualifications are respected across the globe.

Our recognition includes but is not limited to:

  • Brand and employer recognition in markets.
  • Formal recognition on qualification frameworks.
  • Statutory recognition for audit and other regulated roles and protected titles.
  • Professional accountancy body recognition - Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs), direct membership (unilateral), exemption routes.

The ACCA Qualification is recognised on a number of national and regional qualification frameworks. This official endorsement by education regulators is widely understood by employers, provides external assurance of the standard of the ACCA Qualification at master’s degree level, and ensures that we are leading on ‘best practice’ in qualification development and delivery. Find out more about recognition of ACCA qualifications and statutory monitoring responsibilities (report on regulation).

To make it easier for you to access membership of other professional bodies, we’ve also established member recognition agreements with a number of global accountancy bodies around the world.

What is the career path of ACCA?

As well as ACCA careers in chartered accounting, ACCA-qualified students can work in many other areas of finance, including banking, auditing, consulting, taxation and law, as well as other general areas of business management. The ACCA Qualification is the equivalent to a full university degree.

Find lots of job opportunities on our ACCA Careers website

What are the entry requirements for the ACCA Qualification?

Students need to have two A Levels and three GCSEs in five separate subjects including English and Maths, or their equivalent. Students who do not have the minimum academic qualifications may be eligible for the Foundations in Accountancy qualification.

To check if your qualifications meet our minimum entry requirements, please check the minimum entrance requirements database

We’re passionate about giving as many people as possible the opportunity to gain our world-renowned qualification. So, if you're not eligible to start at the ACCA Qualification, our Foundation level awards are the perfect starting point.

We're often asked how long it takes to complete the ACCA Qualification.

It depends on individual learning style and pace; if you self-learn or use a learning partner; and your study path.

Things to consider when planning your approach to the ACCA Qualification include:

  • your previous learning / if you're eligible for exemptions
  • the amount of spare time you have to study.
  • using a study partner, like one of our Approved Learning Partners
  • home life / work life balance
  • how many exams you'll take in a year.
  • if you pass exams first time or have to re-sit them

You can also use our free study resources to help you plan your time and prepare for exams.

If you've already completed a finance qualification, you may be eligible to apply for exemption from our exams.

Exemptions let you start your studies at a level that is consistent with the knowledge and skills gained from prior learning. They provide you with the quickest route to ACCA membership.

What exemptions are available?

Depending on qualifications you hold, exemptions can be awarded across:

  • The Foundation Level qualifications and
  • the nine Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills exams of the ACCA Qualification.

No exemptions are awarded:

  • for the Strategic Professional exams of the ACCA Qualification
  • based on work experience
  • for any of the exams or modules examined within our post-professional qualifications

Use our Exemptions calculator to find out if you can apply for any exemptions.

How to claim exemptions:

What you need to do to claim exemptions depends on where you are on your ACCA student journey.

You can use our tool to answer a few questions and get step-by-guidance on what you need to do.

Get exam exemptions guidance

When can I claim exemptions?

If you've gained additional qualifications after registering as a student, you may be eligible to claim further exemptions. You can apply for these at any time.

The term 'accountant' refers to a professional who performs accounting functions such as account analysis, auditing, or financial statement analysis.

Accountants work with accounting firms or internal account departments with large companies. They may also set up their own practices.

After meeting state-specific educational and testing requirements, these professionals are certified by national professional associations.

Founded in 1904, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is the global professional accounting body offering the Chartered Certified Accountant qualification (ACCA). It has 240,952 members and 541,930 future members worldwide. ACCA's headquarters are in London with a principal administrative office in Glasgow. ACCA works through a network of over 110 offices and centres in 51 countries - with 346 Approved Learning Partners (ALP) and more than 7,600 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide employee development.

The term 'Chartered' in ACCA qualification refers to the Royal Charter granted in 1974.

'Chartered Certified Accountant' is a legally protected term. Individuals who describe themselves as Chartered Certified Accountants must be members of ACCA and if they carry out public practice engagements, must comply with additional regulations such as holding a practising certificate, carrying liability insurance and submitting to inspections.

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Work in any industry

While many accounting majors start their careers in public accounting and remain in this sector, there are so many other options and career paths you can consider. Every company, whether a Fortune 500 or a small nonprofit, needs accounting support. You can specialise or generalise - be a tax expert or a CFO, work as an auditor or be the auditee, work for the government or help a company comply with government regulations. You will have vast opportunities to determine a path that is best for you. The skills you develop are in demand.

There are limitless growth opportunities - you'll be able to advance your career.

Be a lifelong learner

As an accountant, you will need to follow regulations, which are always evolving. There is always something new to learn, and there are ways to grow professionally. The role of AI, the use of IT, and changes in the tax code are just a few examples to show the necessity for continuous professional learning. If you become a CPA, you will comply with ongoing continuing education requirements; if you are not a CPA, you will want to keep learning and attending continuing education sessions.

Enjoy challenging roles

Because you'll often work with other teams that have little understanding of what accountants do, you will be relied upon to offer professional guidance on numerous matters that impact a business. You may be asked things you do not know; in these instances, remember your networks and professional development opportunities. One of the best things about being an accountant is that each day brings new things. There are always new challenges to face and problems to solve.

Be part of a respected profession, known for integrity and ethics

Accountants are respected business professionals, and accounting is known to be one of the most trustworthy professions. You'll become a trusted advisor to others where you work, and your opinion will matter in making business decisions.

Be in demand

Accounting skills are needed at every company, and every department within those companies is impacted by the work of the accounting team. As a practical matter, you'll be able to make a great living in this profession.

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As a member in good standing of CAANZ who has completed 5 years' relevant post-qualification experience, you're eligible for direct admission to ACCA membership.

To apply for direct admission to ACCA membership, please download and complete the Application for direct admission to membership form (PDF).

We also need the following documents:

  • A letter from CA ANZ confirming that you are a member in good standing, having achieved membership by completing the professional education/examinations and practical experience requirement. This letter should also state your date of admission to membership of CA ANZ and confirm that you have fully complied with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements
  • Two references which can attest to your professional competence and suitability for membership of ACCA
  • A personal statement with third party verification of activities contributing to the professional life, the community, your membership body or ACCA.

This application process is for ACCA membership only and does not automatically convey practice rights. For additional guidance, visit our Practising certificates and licences section

You can upload your documents on this form, when you choose to send us a message. 

Please follow the instructions to upload your documents.

For information on costs associated with direct membership, visit our fees and charges section

If you’ve been admitted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka), are in good standing and completed 5 years' relevant post-qualification experience, you're eligible for direct admission to ACCA membership.

Along with the completed membership form and a copy of the certificate attesting you as a CA Sri Lanka member, you are required to submit a letter from CA Sri Lanka confirming:

  • that you are a member in good standing, having achieved membership via the Chartered Accountant qualifying programme
  • the date of admission to membership of CA Sri Lanka
  • that you have not had an adverse disciplinary finding from CA Sri Lanka in the previous 7 years

If you want to apply for ACCA membership, please download the Application for direct admission to membership form (PDF).

You can upload your documents on this form, when you choose to send us a message. 

Please follow the instructions to upload your documents.

For information on costs associated with direct membership, visit our fees and charges section

For further information, visit our CA Sri Lanka FAQs section

As a member of any of the following bodies you may be eligible to apply directly to ACCA membership, if you can demonstrate records of achievement in accountancy and have held continuous membership for more than 5 years.

  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

If you want to apply for ACCA membership, please download the Application for direct admission to membership form (PDF).

CPA Canada

If you are a member of CPA Canada, having completed your examination and experience requirements of the CPA qualifying programme or those of the legacy bodies, you may be eligible to apply for ACCA membership. 

If you want to apply for ACCA membership via this route, please download the CPA Canada - Application for direct admission to membership form (PDF).

You can upload your document on this form, when you choose to send us a message. 

Please follow the instructions to upload your document.

For information on costs associated with direct membership, visit our fees and charges section

As a HKICPA member you may be able to apply for ACCA membership. To be eligible, you must have qualified through the HKICPA's QP and have registered as an HKICPA student in Hong Kong SAR of China.

If you want to apply for ACCA membership, please download the Application for direct admission to membership form (PDF).

You can upload your document on this form, when you choose to send us a message. 

Please follow the instructions to upload your document.

For more information, visit our HKICPA FAQs section

For information on costs associated with direct membership, visit our fees and charges section

If you're a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants, have completed the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore Professional Examination introduced in 2005, and hold three years of approved experience you may be eligible to apply for ACCA membership.

If you want to apply for ACCA membership, please download the Application for direct admission to membership form (PDF).

You can upload your document(s) on this form, when you choose to send us a message. 

Please follow the instructions to upload your document.

This application process is for ACCA membership only and does not automatically convey practice rights. For additional guidance, visit our Practising certificates and licences section

For information on costs associated with direct membership, visit our fees and charges section

We offer a range of ACCA courses on international financial reporting, including the Certificate in International Financial Reporting (CertIFR).

For more information on the qualification, visit our CertIFR section

If you're a finance professional wanting to learn about the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), our Diploma in International Financial Reporting (DipIFR) is for you.

For more information on the qualification, visit our DipIFR section

What exams does the ACCA Qualification have?

Applied Knowledge

The Applied Knowledge exams provides students with a broad introduction to the world of finance and develop your essential understanding and techniques in accounting.  These exams are:

  • Business and Technology (BT)
  • Financial Accounting (FA)
  • Management Accounting (MA)

Applied Skills

The Applied Skills exams build on existing knowledge and understanding and develop strong, broad and practical finance skills required of future strategic professional accountant in any sector or industry. These exams are:

  • Corporate and Business Law (LW)
  • Taxation (TX)
  • Financial Reporting (FR)
  • Performance Management (PM)
  • Financial Management (FM)
  • Audit and Assurance (AA)

Strategic Professional

The Strategic Professional exams prepare students for future leadership positions. They develop the strategic vision using your unique blend of technical, ethical and professional skills. And you can specialise in areas that best suit your career ambitions. Students must complete both Essentials exams and choose two of the Options.  These exams are:

Essentials

  • Strategic Business Reporting (SBR)
  • Strategic Business Leader (SBL)

Options

  • Advanced Financial Management (AFM)
  • Advanced Audit and Assurance (AAA)
  • Advanced Taxation (ATX)
  • Advanced Performance Management (APM)

If you'd to learn more about our exams, use our 'Ask ACCA' chat function.

For information on the full range of qualifications and certificates we offer, visit the ACCA accountancy qualifications section

If you have a question about one of our professional certificates, such as the Certificate in Digital Innovation for Finance, Certificate in Business Valuations or Certificate in Data Analytics and you cannot find the answer on our website, complete the form for support. 

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