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In Part 1 of ACCA’s PER blog, we got introduced to ACCA’s PER and the Experience Supervisor. IN=n this blog, we will see the details of recording and completing the requirement. If you haven’t read Part 1, have a look right away!
We have seen that you need 36 months’ experience. In the myExperience portal individuals must add details about the employer and the role. The tool will calculate how many months experience has been gained in the role based on the employment dates, number of hours worked per week and the relevance of the role.
Details of previous relevant roles can also be added – even if they were before the student/Affiliate became an ACCA student. Previous experience needs to be signed off by the person who supervised the role.
It is recommended to record progress chronologically, adding new roles when jobs are changed and getting the time signed off when leaving a role.
As stated in part 1, there are 5 Essentials and at least 4 Technical objectives that need to be achieved to claim membership. We will see the Objective in detail on another blog entry, but for now let’s focus on the recording.
ACCA states that all the objectives need not be completed at once and can be done in any order. Even the individual elements of an objective can be claimed over time as and when achieved them and can work up to writing the statement and completing the whole objective.
Individuals can work on multiple objectives at the same time and send any combination of objectives and elements to the supervisor for approval. The tool will track the status of the objectives recorded and will update progress as and when they are completed.
Performance Objective Statement is where one summarises (within 200-500 words), the experience gained towards achieving a performance objective. In this, the skills gained must be described and individuals must reflect on what has been learned, using different examples for each objective, and then submitted to the Practical Experience Supervisor for review. Clear documentation of the tasks or activities undertaken will enable the supervisor to sign-off the objectives of the individual’s experience.
Statements need not be written all at once – work can be started, progress saved and completed later.
ACCA also has an Approved Employer programme is an accreditation of employers’ learning and development policies and systems. Working for an ACCA Approved Employer who holds trainee development approval at Gold or Platinum level, allows students to claim a performance objective exemption.
This means that students/Affiliates do not need to record the performance objectives in myExperience and will achieve these through the training received at workplace. However, the minimum 36 months’ experience must still be completed.
This exemption exists because ACCA has assessed that the level of training and support provided by the employer is sufficient to meet the PER. However, it is important to confirm that the employer has this level of approval and whether they will allow claiming of the performance objective exemption.
The Approved Employer PER Confirmation Form must be filled and signed by the employer and submitted during membership application for claiming the exemptions.
Well, now you know what it takes to achieve the ACCA Membership besides the 13 papers and EPSM Module. Visit ACCA Careers at https://jobs.accaglobal.com/ to kick start your PER journey with resources, advice, job posting from both ACCA Approved Employers and others!
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