I'm applying for an ACCA practising certificate and have been told by the ACCA authorisations team that my unpaid experience won't count towards the time-served requirement. Other ACCA departments have suggested otherwise. Erring on the side of caution, I need to find at least 8 months of paid employment with an ACCA approved employer as an employee or subcontractor to complete all the practising certificate requirements. Working in a practice is preferable but not essential.
I'm struggling to get any response from ACCA about subcontracting. Does anyone know if I can subcontract through a Ltd company which I'm the sole director of? Would any work undertaken in this way be eligible under the new practising certificate requirements?
There are other options I could pursue but it would mean I would have to resign my membership from ACCA which seems a real shame given all the commitment, time, sacrifices and expense I've already incurred to this point.