The Association recognises that there are many accountants who have been unable to achieve an academic or vocational qualification for a variety of reasons. These accountants are often termed Qualified By Experience (QBE) accountants.
QBE accountants can join the Association providing they hold five years or more verifiable experience within accountancy.
Accountants looking to join the CPAA as practising accountants via the QBE route must have five years of UK public practice experience. This experience can be gained through operating your own accountancy practice.