ACCA - The global body for professional accountants

Experience is one of the three main components of the ACCA qualification. The other two components are exams and ethics. ACCA members must demonstrate their competence in ten broad competency areas, appropriate for the Complete Finance Professional. To demonstrate their competence, students must complete nine performance objectives which must be verified by an IFAC qualified practical experience supervisor. All five Essentials performance objectives must all be completed plus a further four Technical performance objectives from a choice of 15.

The demonstration of the achievement of these objectives are recorded using an online tool called MyExperience.

PO7 Prepare external financial reports

You take part in preparing and reviewing financial statements – and all accompanying information – and you do it in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements.

PO8 Analyse and interpret financial reports

You analyse financial statements to evaluate and assess the financial performance and position of an entity.

PO9 Evaluate investment and financing decisions

You advise on alternative sources of finance. And you evaluate and review the financial viability of investment decisions.

PO11 Identify and manage financial risk

You identify, measure, and advise on the financial risks to the organisation.

PO12 Evaluate management accounting systems

You apply different management accounting techniques in different business contexts to effectively manage and use resources.

PO13 Plan and control performance

You plan business activities and control performance, making recommendations for improvement.

PO14 Monitor performance

You measure and assess departmental and business performance.