June 18, 2010 at 11:45 am
Now that exams are finished, I thought of getting on with updating my practical experience. Problem is I already have more than 3 years experience but I never recorded any of it.
And now I dont know where to start…..
Looked on ACCA and each skill you demonstrate you need up to 500 words, an “essay” almost and thats for 10 skills.
I dont know how much detail I need to go in, examples arent very good and I cant find any model answers…. I know everyone has different experiences but I am just not sure where to start.
Any advice/help will be much appreciated.
Thank youJune 18, 2010 at 5:02 pm
Practical experience is unreliable until it is rigorously testified by intellect. In other words, experience is a neutral factor to pass the examination. More important, particularly at the professional stage, is a critical mind in learning and understanding the so-called model answer. From today onwards, always ask ‘why’ and ‘why not’. Don’t be complacent on what the study materials and the model answers tell you.June 22, 2010 at 12:11 pm
Hi, thank you for your advice, i undesrtand what you are saying and I know its neutral factor to pass the exams but these were my last exams and after august results I should be done.
hence why I need to write up my 3 years work experience which i already have and was wondering if anyone can give me guidance as to how approach and how much detail i need to go in for it to be acceptable by ACCA.
ThanksJune 24, 2010 at 1:55 am
You may start with each skill mentioned in the practical experience questionnaire. For each skill, you try to get 1 to 2 examples from your practical experience and show how you tackle them with the respective skill. Try to make specific description.June 24, 2010 at 11:17 pm
Hi guys, i have same issue as “zippy”.I recorded experience on Student Training Record( STR, previous version of TDM) but could not submit it. As per my perception i should record all my previous experience relating to current performance objectives and submit all challenge questions at same time. ACCA will send to my Mentor/s for sign off and after that it will be approved. If i am wrong then plz guide me in this concern.June 25, 2010 at 4:03 pm
There are two separate issues here:
1. 3 years experience.
2. PER questions.
Whilst they are likely related, they are very different.
3 years experience.
When you fill in your annual report, you say how much related work experience you have done in the year (normally 12 months, but part time and temp jobs could reduce this).
The first time you do this, you have the opportunity to enter MORE THAN 12 MONTHS (eg if you have 2 years experience before your first annual report, you’d enter 24 months).
If you have any trouble with this, I assume it’s easy to fix. Call up ACCA and explain and they can likely edit your info.
The big one.
Or I should say, Very easy – Once you’ve started. Before you’ve started they look impossible!
My advice: Take them one at a time.
1. Go through and pick a question you can answer now.
2. Read through all the requirements and think of ways you’ve met the question.
3. Start writing.
4. Send a copy (either through the ACCA system or via email) to your mentor.
5. Your mentor should read it through and either:
a. Say its fine and be happy to sign it off.
b. Say it needs some work – hopefully telling you what and where.
c. Say it’s rubbish and offer no help (in which case; get a new mentor, as this one’s crap!)
6. If you need to redo it, keep going until they are happy to sign it off.
7. Then copy and paste it into the system and send it to them.
8. As they have already reviewed it, they should quickly check it and then sign it off.
9. One questions done.
10. Repeat until done. ?
Basically, you need the questions signed off. Meaning you have to write enough content to satisfy your mentor that you’ve met the experience requirement and so they will sign off the question.
I was amazed how long the first question took me (about 2 years of on-off attempts, planning, re-writing, updating etc) compared to finishing all of them (completed all questions in 2 months after the first was done)
I found the input screens VERY annoying. I spent a long time going through copy and pasting all the questions and parts into a word document (I was told these questions can change over time but it’s not very frequent, if ever). I’d also advise MAKING A COPY OF ALL YOUR WORK! I was told (years ago when it came out) the system cannot lose your data. Well it did. And they couldn’t get it back. So I was VERY glad I’d made a backup!
Also NOTE not everything HAS to be financial related. I was a quality auditor in my company and the experience from that role helped some questions more than my finance role (I think this is especially relevant to people in finance departments, as accountancy firms seem more likely to move you around to get the experience)
Hope this helps!June 25, 2010 at 8:42 pm
you explained “mission impossible” in a very easy way and i hope this will also work for me. I will try this and share my experience here for other users. Thanks a lot!July 21, 2010 at 4:12 pm
can any one tell me where do i find a list of the acca approved employers in UAE?November 5, 2012 at 6:24 am
I recorded 6 months work experience on the last week of December 2011.
Bud I didn’t specified the name of the employer.
on this week I added the name of my employer using ” add new employer” and recorded 10 months again.
But the first one shown as “Unknown employer”
how can I change the name of “Unknown employer”
I am working in the same firm from July 2011August 11, 2016 at 3:25 pm
I am a little confused with the new professional experience record tool.
In the old system, I have recorded 35 months of work experience as an accountant. Do I need to link a supervisor to this claimed time? Because in MyACCA, in the Experience Record module, if I click on the Claim Time tab, I see that this 35 months are “import approved”. However, to the left on this page, I can see that “To claim this time you need to link a supervisor to this role”.
Adding to the confusion, the status report says that I have 36 months time in a relevant role, but I maximum have 35 months of experience (as stated above), the remaining 1 month was recorded in the new PER module, and my supervisor has not approved it yet.
I am having my last exam (P7) in December, and I wouldn’t like to delay my admission because of the experience record.
Thanks a lot in advance.March 20, 2017 at 11:03 pm
@huroland I have the same issue as your regarding PER ” import approved” time.
Did you get this resolved in the end? Did you have to get it reapproved or was it accepted, please?March 24, 2017 at 9:33 pm
In the old system you self-certified your time in a relevant role. I think In the new system you get it approved, it only need to do so for the portion after the new system went live.
I hadn’t more than 3 years when the new system launched and never had to get my time signed off.June 16, 2017 at 4:05 pm
Direct senior (non qualified accountant)
can sign off the working experience to claim the time??
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