I qualified as a member of ACCA two years ago. I was under the assumption, more fool me, that gaining an ACCA Practicing Certificate (PC) would be one of the more manageable tasks I have had to complete during my time as a member. As many of you will know, I am about to be wrong.
It seems that due to the fact that my 2 years of post qualified experience hasn't been with an approved ACCA employer (my boss is qualified IFA) I will be unable to gain a PC. I have been in practice for 8 years and 6 of those years before qualifying were all with an approved ACCA employer. This doesn't seem to count for anything when applying for a PC.
I like the fact that ACCA is a well known organisation within our sector and I believe it reflects well on me when people see the tag after my name on emails (when I'm using my employers email.)
Now, as I am unable to set up on my own with a PC due to my 'lack' of the 'correct experience' needed, I have been told by some that an option could be to set up a limited company. I understand that the Company cannot be marketed as an ACCA member as it will not hold a PC. I plan on being joint shareholder and director with my partner. However am I able to market the Company as an accountancy practice whose finance workforce is solely made up of ACCA qualified accountants?
I am happy to keep with ACCA, although if there was an option to hold my registration and gain a PC from somewhere else then I'd consider it. I appreciate that this has probably being asked countless times however I can't seem to find any ruling or guidance on here or ACCA.
Any advice or pointers in the right direction would be very much appreciated.