Over the last 3 months, I have spoken to quite a number of people who had registered as ACCA students, probably done 1 or 2 exams, and have had a number of years between when they registered, and now.
For the purpose of this article, let’s consider Bukky; he registered as an ACCA student in June 2004, he did the old 1.1 (preparing financial Statements) & 1.2 (Financial information for Management), passed, but has not attempted any other ACCA exams since then, neither has he kept up with paying the annual subscription fee. He only paid twice. He had been unable to take exams due to financial and work commitments.
Bukky is worried about whether he is eligible to take further exams; if the papers he passed back in 2004 will still be on his record, or if he’ll have to start all over again; also, the thought of paying a backlog of subscription fees makes his heart beat faster. He has been so worried he hasn’t done anything about re-registering for a whole year.
The 1st thing to do is to contact ACCA by phone, or through firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com (or check the ACCA website for the contact details in your country), stating clearly that he wishes to re-register as a student, stating his given registration number.
He should also mention the exams previously passed, and enquire if they would reflect, considering that the syllabus has been revised since 2004.
Now, ACCA says here (under ‘fees’ section) that upon re-registration, a student will be required to pay any fees owing, plus the re-registration fee of £79; I strongly advise against registering as a fresh student in order to avoid having to pay any excess fees. Multiple registrations will come-up on their database, and that can only lead to complications for you. Here’s another post on registration costs.
Although there are set guidelines for dealing with re-registration of students, each case is assessed on its own merits. In Bukky’s case, he may be allowed to either retain the papers he had passed, and pay all owing fees, or start afresh with the new syllabus. He will also have to fill-out a re-registration form, which the ACCA will send to him. It is important to contact ACCA with the specifics of your situation.
In conclusion, I would advise that those seeking to re-register to contact ACCA and start the process 4/5 weeks before any exam sitting.