Kick-start your ca­reer in ac­coun­tancy

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HIGHER EDUCATION -

IF you en­joy work­ing with num­bers, or are cur­rently work­ing in an ac­count­ing-re­lated role but do not have a for­mal qual­i­fi­ca­tion, se­ri­ously con­sider en­rolling for a ca­reer in ac­count­ing,” says Umaimah Ka­mal­ludin, who is As­so­ci­a­tion of Char­tered Cer­ti­fied Ac­coun­tants/ Cer­ti­fied Ac­count­ing Tech­ni­cian (ACCA/CAT) pro­gramme co­or­di­na­tor of UCSI Pro­fes­sional Academy.

UCSI Pro­fes­sional Academy (UPA) be­lieves that it can pro­vide a pres­ti­gious path for stu­dents and work­ing adults to ob­tain an ACCA cer­tifi­cate.

ACCA qual­i­fi­ca­tion

The ACCA qual­i­fi­ca­tion can open doors and shape your ca­reer in fi­nance and ac­coun­tancy or wher­ever you want to go in busi­ness.

“An in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised ac­count­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion, cou­pled with some work ex­pe­ri­ence, is the pass­port to em­ploy­ment world­wide.

“Ca­reer prospects are ex­cel­lent. Once qual­i­fied, ac­coun­tants en­joy above-av­er­age fi­nan­cial re­wards,” Umaimah ex­plained.

There are thou­sands of ta­lented young Malaysians, who mis­tak­enly be­lieve that be­cause they have not com­pleted Ac­count­ing in ma­tric­u­la­tion, they will never be able to pur­sue a ca­reer in ac­count­ing.

UPA has al­ways be­lieved in cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for those seek­ing to en­ter the field of ac­count­ing. For this rea­son, it has de­vised a num­ber of en­try and exit points in the pro­fes­sion.

ACCA’s CAT en­ables can­di­dates to ful­fil the ac­count­ing role at a tech­ni­cal level and pro­vides for open ac­cess re­quire­ments. The ba­sic re­quire­ments is that can­di­dates must be 16 years or older and they must be lit­er­ate and nu­mer­ate.

The qual­i­fi­ca­tion is well-suited for school­leavers as well as those in­di­vid­u­als, who have some work­place ex­pe­ri­ence in the ac­count­ing field but do not have a for­mal ac­count­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

CAT can be used as an in­tro­duc­tion to the ac­coun­tancy pro­fes­sion or as an ac­cel­er­ated route to the ACCA Pro­fes­sional Qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

UPA’s can­di­dates, who have com­pleted a CAT qual­i­fi­ca­tion, are typ­i­cally em­ployed as an ac­counts clerk, wages clerk, ac­count­ing as­sis­tant, sales ledger clerk, tax as­sis­tant, book keeper, fi­nan­cial con­troller or ac­counts man­ager.

Can­di­dates with work ex­pe­ri­ence may be ex­empted from cer­tain pa­pers through recog­ni­tion of prior learn­ing.


The flex­i­bil­ity of the ACCA qual­i­fi­ca­tion pro­vides mul­ti­ple en­try points for can­di­dates while en­sur­ing that eq­uity, qual­ity and rigout are not com­pro­mised.

Other than en­ter­ing the ACCA qual­i­fi­ca­tion via the CAT route or di­rectly from school, ACCA recog­nises the rel­e­vance of prior learn­ing and awards ex­emp­tions on the ba­sis of qual­i­fi­ca­tions awarded by recog­nised in­sti­tu­tions.

With UPA, can­di­dates with the ACCA Pro­fes­sional qual­i­fi­ca­tion holds highly sought-af­ter po­si­tions as fi­nan­cial di­rec­tors, CEOs, CFOs and part­ners in com­pa­nies and firms world­wide.

The flex­i­bil­ity of the ACCA Qual­i­fi­ca­tion means that it doesn’t limit can­di­dates to one par­tic­u­lar sec­tor. Whether your ca­reer takes you into the fash­ion in­dus­try or foren­sic ac­count­ing, whether you work in the United King­dom or abroad, the ACCA Qual­i­fi­ca­tion is flex­i­ble, ro­bust and re­spected by em­ploy­ers around the world.

Can­di­dates have the op­por­tu­nity of work­ing in any sec­tors they choose, be it pub­lic prac­tice, pub­lic sec­tor, fi­nan­cial ser­vices or cor­po­rate sec­tor, giv­ing ac­cess to a broad range of com­plex and in­ter­est­ing roles.

A ma­ture stu­dent en­try route is also avail­able. Here can­di­dates must be above 21 years old. Can­di­dates are re­quired to pass two pa­pers within two years of the date for their first el­i­gi­ble ACCA ex­am­i­na­tion ses­sion.

Also, an ex­emp­tion from a rel­e­vant de­gree means fewer ex­ams are needed. As the qual­i­fi­ca­tion isn’t tied to a train­ing con­tract, you can take your hard work with you when­ever you switch jobs.

In UPA, can­di­dates can work and train in any sec­tor, giv­ing them the free­dom to pick the path they want.

Ac­coun­tants are al­ways in de­mand, even dur­ing re­ces­sions, and ACCA sets a syl­labus that en­sures they get a solid foun­da­tion in all ar­eas of fi­nance be­fore spe­cial­is­ing at the end. Start your ac­count­ing jour­ney to­day with UPA.

UPA started off in 2007 as a lan­guage school that pro­vided ser­vices to its par­ent com­pany, UCSI Univer­sity. In 2012, UPA in­tro­duced for­eign lan­guages as well as pro­fes­sional cour­ses such as fi­nanc­ing cour­ses and ACCA un­der its two main di­vi­sions – namely Cen­tre for Lan­guage Stud­ies and Cen­tre for Pro­fes­sional stud­ies.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit UPA’s Open Day on Jan 2 (Da­mansara Up­town) or go to www.uc­sipro­fes­sion­ala­

UCSI’s Ac­count­ing & Fi­nance stu­dents on an in­dus­trial visit to Ke­nanga In­vest­ment Bank.

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