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Hi I am an affiliate, and have completed everything need to apply for a membership , I received a police caution while I was a student , at the time I thought nothing of it, as it was for a minor incident , other then that I have never had any dealings with the police, I never thought of needing to inform ACCA about this at the time as cautions become spent immediately, when going to apply for membership a section to disclose cautions comes up , my caution isn’t protected as enough time hasn’t lapsed , I was just wondering is there a chance I could be denied membership because of this , and if I am would they also revoke my affiliate status
I don’t have a current application form to hand but I think it says something like “or has accepted a caution in relation to, any offence discreditable to the Association or to the accountancy profession”.
Something like a traffic offence, for example, isn’t going to jeopardise your application but something like financial fraud (though I don’t think you would consider that “minor”) might be problematic. Theft I suggest would fall somewhere in-between,
In any case I suggest honesty and openness is always the best policy! I think the worst case scenario would be that you could be asked to wait on admission to membership.
The question to ask yourself is whether it reflects on you as a professional accountant (rather than a matter relevant to your personal private life).
If concerned, as you appear to be in the UK, you should be able to call for advice directly from ACCA https://www.accaglobal.com/uk/en/footer-toolbar/contact-us.html