Hi - has anyone else found obtaining an ACCA practice certificate far harder than it really ought to be?
I qualified 5 years ago and have been working as a practice manager/Head of Ops since then in couple of small/medium firms.. Running my own practice was never the plan but since moving into industry 6 months ago I now realised I wish to persue this.
Unfortunately I am unable to get a PC as I have no-one to sign off my experience forms. The principals at both of my previous firms are deemed unsuitable by ACCA and to be honest, I wouldn't expect they would spare the time to write the commentary anyway.
I explained this to a very helpful lady at the ACCA this afternoon who said I could apply for a waiver - which seemed straightforward on the call. But, after reading a few past questions on here, actually seems a pretty brutal process and can take a long time to conclude.
I know AAT/IFA/Others are options and ultimately it doesn't matter what letters are after my name, but I worked hard for ACCA and I don't want to give this up.
It looks like I can transfer to ICAEW in a few months for much less hassle and get a practice certificate with them instead. Has anyone done this? Is it really as straight foward as their website makes out?
It seems mental that it is easier for an ACCA to get PC with the ICAEW than it is with their own institution.
Any advice or help welcome.