Be­com­ing an ac­coun­tant

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HIGHER EDUCATION -

AC­COUN­TANCY has al­ways been re­garded as a pro­fes­sional and sta­ble ca­reer, and if you’re plan­ning to make head­way as a pro­fes­sional ac­coun­tant, then the As­so­ci­a­tion of Cer­ti­fied Char­tered Ac­coun­tants ( ACCA) should be your spring­board.

ACCA is a global body for pro­fes­sional ac­coun­tants with 178,000 mem­bers and 455,000 stu­dents in 181 coun­tries, with over 100 years of tra­di­tion in pro­vid­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised ac­count­ing and fi­nance qual­i­fi­ca­tions, com­ple­mented by mod­ern think­ing and backed by di­verse and global mem­ber­ships.

The Pro­fes­sional Ac­coun­tancy Cen­tre ( PAC) at KDU Col­lege, which was set up in 2008, of­fers the Cer­ti­fied Ac­count­ing Tech­ni­cian ( CAT) and the As­so­ci­a­tion of Char­tered Cer­ti­fied Ac­coun­tants ( ACCA) cour­ses. Within a year, it was awarded the Gold sta­tus, and is now the only Plat­inum sta­tus tu­ition provider in the Da­mansara area.

The CAT qual­i­fi­ca­tion is de­signed to pro­vide stu­dents with the knowl­edge and tech­ni­cal skills to ful­fil an ac­count­ing role at the tech­ni­cian level. It is awarded by ACCA and is in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised. It pro­vides you a fast track to­wards be­com­ing a qual­i­fied ac­coun­tant.

Most of the stu­dents tak­ing the course are able to com­plete the CAT within a year and carry on with their ACCA pro­gramme for an­other two years.

“Why KDU? Ini­tially I chose KDU be­cause of the lo­ca­tion. But af­ter a while, I re­alised KDU had more to of­fer than just lo­gis­ti­cal con­ve­nience. The learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment was con­ducive; a small class­room meant more at­ten­tion for stu­dents. The lec­tur­ers were ap­proach­able and will­ing to help even out­side the class­room. This, for me, was the key to in­creas­ing my chances of pass­ing,” said Tan Jun Meng, an ACCA Af­fil­i­ate at KDU Col­lege’s Pro­fes­sional Ac­coun­tancy Cen­tre ( PAC).

Those in­ter­ested in the ACCA qual­i­fi­ca­tion will be glad to know that ACCA’s unique part­ner­ship with Ox­ford Brookes Univer­sity will al­low them to ob­tain a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence ( Hons) in Ap­plied Ac­count­ing, upon com­ple­tion of the ACCA Fun­da­men­tals Level, ACCA Pro­fes­sional Ethics Mod­ule and pass­ing of a Re­search and Anal­y­sis Pro­ject.

“As a high school leaver with below av­er­age grades, tak­ing up a pro­fes­sional course seemed im­pos­si­ble. Teach­ers and fam­ily of­ten com­mented that I will not make it to the end and told me to re­con­sider my fu­ture study path, but con­fi­dence has driven me to pur­sue my dreams,” said Wong Jun Mun, an ACCA Af­fil­i­ate at KDU Col­lege’s Pro­fes­sional Ac­coun­tancy Cen­tre ( PAC).

“Pass­ing ACCA pa­pers on the first at­tempt was never as tough as one imag­ined. Putting in ef­fort will guar­an­tee suc­cess. Be sure to at­tend all the lec­tures and mock tests. If you chan­nel your best ef­forts at all times, you are not far from suc­cess.

“My mo­ti­va­tion is fu­elled by one sim- ple fac­tor – job se­cu­rity. I was once told there was a short­age of qual­i­fied ac­coun­tants, which led to my de­ci­sion to pur­sue this pro­fes­sion.

“At that point of time, I was still clue­less un­til I heard about ACCA. I heard about the flex­i­bil­ity and the var­i­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties it pre­sented, and I was im­me­di­ately sold. I told my­self this is it and once I made up my mind, the only op­tion was to go all out,” added Wong.

As­pir­ing ac­coun­tants can also opt to ob­tain their ACCA qual­i­fi­ca­tion while study­ing for their de­gree at the same time by join­ing a three- year Bach­e­lor of Ac­count­ing pro­gramme at KDU, in which stu­dents can take up con­di­tional ex­emp­tion pa­pers for the ACCA qual­i­fi­ca­tion in the fi­nal year of their de­gree.

It is not only the ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge gained from this course, but the na­ture of pro­fes­sional ac­count­ing jobs, which is high in de­mand and use­ful in many global and multi- na­tional com­pa­nies.

At KDU, stu­dents are taught by in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als and qual­i­fied lec­tur­ers with out­stand­ing track record. Stu­dents are also as­sured of in­dus­try sup­port and net­work­ing for job place­ment and ca­reer de­vel­op­ment. It is with this ded­i­ca­tion that Loy Hui Eng, its ACCA stu­dent, re­cently won first plac­ing in Malaysia ( world third rank­ing) for ACCA F5 sub­ject in the De­cem­ber 2015 ex­am­i­na­tion.

For de­tails, look out for its ad­ver­tise­ment in this StarSpe­cial.

Loy won first plac­ing in Malaysia ( world third rank­ing) for AccA).

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