New IFAC Guidance Focuses on the Development and Training of Accounting Technicians

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    New IFAC Guidance Focuses on the Development and Training of Accounting Technicians

    An important means to build capacity in the accountancy profession in developing countries is through the development of accounting technicians. As part of its strategy to develop the accountancy profession worldwide, the International Federation of Accountants' (IFAC) Developing Nations Committee has released a new good practice guide entitled, The Education, Training and Development of Accounting Technicians. The new guide is designed to raise awareness of the role and value of accounting technicians in both the public and private sectors.The guide promotes the importance of having accounting technician-level programs in both developed and developing economies so that individuals have access to education and training. The guide also encourages professional accountancy organizations to support the development of accounting technicians by offering technician programs that lead to certification and membership in the organization.An important means to build capacity in the accountancy profession in developing countries is through the development of accounting technicians. As part of its strategy to develop the accountancy profession worldwide, the International Federation of Accountants' (IFAC) Developing Nations Committee has released a new good practice guide entitled, The Education, Training and Development of Accounting Technicians. The new guide is designed to raise awareness of the role and value of accounting technicians in both the public and private sectors.

    The guide promotes the importance of having accounting technician-level programs in both developed and developing economies so that individuals have access to education and training. The guide also encourages professional accountancy organizations to support the development of accounting technicians by offering technician programs that lead to certification and membership in the organization.

    "In developing and emerging economies, individuals often do not have the resources to qualify as professional accountants, but there is a strong demand by governments and organizations for skilled individuals to contribute to the financial reporting and decision-making process. The development of accounting technicians is important to fulfilling this gap and setting a pathway for qualified accounting technicians to develop further as professional accountants," states Ignatius Sehoole, chairman of the Developing Nations Committee.

    The guide can be downloaded from the IFAC online bookstore (www.ifac.org/store). For more information on IFAC's work to support developing nations, visit www.ifac.org/developingnations.

    About IFAC
    IFAC (www.ifac.org/store) is the global organization for the accountancy profession dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. IFAC is comprised of 157 members and associates in 122 countries, representing more than 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce. Through its independent standard-setting boards, IFAC sets international standards on ethics, auditing and assurance, education, and public sector accounting. It also issues guidance to encourage high-quality performance by professional accountants in business.

     

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