Online Accredited applications

How to apply online

You MUST READ the Application Guide before you apply to help you to complete the documentation. If you have any further queries please email membership [at]

In the online form there is a section to complete your details and referee details and there is an option to upload each of the documents (statement, examples of work etc) or to write in the boxes provided. Please make sure you have your card ready if you are paying the application fee by PayPal.

New Applicants

1. Personal details
Please complete your name and address in the online form and provide two referees contact details, one must be from your current employer.
Please make sure they are suitable and willing before you apply.
If you have completed reference forms you can upload these in the same section.

2. Statement of competence and list of publications
Please complete the empty boxes or upload a completed statement of competence template. You must complete this section or attach the completed template, a CV is an additional document (see below).
This should list your education and job roles indivudually and explain how these relate to the competence matrix (see Application Guide and specialist competence matrices). You need to upload your certificates here too (if you have any).
List your publications here too (at least the last 5 years) - For PCIfA, you do not need to have any publications to apply.

3. Examples of work
At least three at ACIfA and five at MCIfA, we encourage PCIfA applicants to submit any work they may have done. If your job role does not provide a lot of written work, you can still apply based on your statement and references (see Application Guide).
You can upload your documents or, if they are larger than 6MB each, please use a file sharing service like We Transfer, Google Docs, or Dropbox.

If you have any additional supporting documents please upload them here. For example CVs and job descriptions are accepted as additional supporting evidence but you must include a Statement of competence.

4. Application fee payment and declaration
You can pay for the application fee via PayPal, without an account, or via Invoice. If this is your employer, please ensure they have agreed to pay before selecting this option.
The application fee is for administration and assessment of your application and not for the full year's subscription. Just select the way to pay from the list and have your card ready if needed.

Thank you for applying. We will confirm we have received your application and be in touch if we need any further information.

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