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New accounts programme launched


New accounts programme launched

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WITH BARBADOS’ ECONOMIC and fiscal challenges continuing to put focus on the need for key advisory professionals, including accountants, one of the profession’s leading bodies is boosting its programme offerings.

Renatta Mohammed, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) lead business development consultant, Caribbean region, has announced the launch of CPA Canada’s new Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF).

She was speaking last week during the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados’ orientation and welcome of new student members who have joined it. The event was sponsored by CPA Canada and took place at the start of Accountancy Week 2015.

Mohammed said the ACAF was “designed to meet the needs of today’s marketplace and is the only nationally recognised intermediate accounting and finance certificate in Canada” and had been “developed in close collaboration with employers”.

She explained: “The ACAF is designed for individuals interested in a career in accounting, but not as a designated CPA. It delivers applied technical and soft skills required for junior and intermediate level accounting and finance positions.

“Delivered online, the programme can be completed full or part-time by college accounting diploma holders, those working in an accounting function without a recognised credential and to internationally trained accountants wanting to work in Canada. If students later decide to pursue the CPA designation, their ACAF training will be recognised toward admission to the CPA Professional Education Programme.”

Mohammed urged the students to “secure your future and consider a CPA Canada designation”.

“I remind you that we are recognised in Canada and the US and other parts of the world – and as young professionals, you shouldn’t dismiss the possibility of mobility. Be aware that other well known designations do not currently enjoy such geographical recognition,” she added. (SC)