A rewarding career in accountancy from ACCA

The days of having a single professional qualification to get one's foot in the corporate door are coming to an end; in today's competitive job market, having more qualifications means having a sharper edge that will take you further up the ladder faster.

The Association for Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) offers students a flexible professional qualification and a degree in accounting which will prove to open up a world of unlimited possibilities.
ACCA happens to be one of the largest and fastest-growing global professional accountancy bodies in the world, with an unrivalled network of offices, learning providers, examination centres and employers.
Business Relationship Manager of ACCASri Lanka Nilusha Ranasinghe explained that students stood to gain two qualifications without the hassle of doubling their workload.

The ACCA qualification is neither solely a business management qualification nor sector driven but instead a purely financial qualification that is helpful to professionals across all industries and statuses be they a CFO, CEO or Audit Director.

Ranasinghe explained, "You could be an accountant, banker, finance director or CEO; this qualification helps make you a fully fledged accountant and has the backing of Oxford Brooks University which has been voted one of the best and fastest growing universities in the UK."

Ranasinghe added that the main feature of the qualification however is that it compliments a student's lifestyle, is cost effective, and can be done entirely in Sri Lanka or completed in another country as ACCA globally recognized and supported by a global network.

The ACCA qualification consists of just 14 papers and is ideal for working professionals as it requires 3 years working experience to complete. According to the Ranasinghe Mercury Institute it has long been the leading tuition provider for ACCA examinations, offering tuition for the ACCA Professional qualification, the Certified Accounting Technician qualification (CAT) and mentoring for the Oxford Brookes degree which is linked to the ACCA Professional qualification.

The CAT qualification is appropriate for those who have sat the O/Ls whereas the ACCA Professional qualification is for those with A/Ls. Other than Mercury ACCA have few more listed tuition providers in Colombo as well as in Kandy.

TheACCA qualification enables students to achieve better employment prospects as a result of having shown an ability in all areas of business and will help assure an employer that they have the skills necessary to progress to more senior management positions.

In addition, it provides a student a unique position in the job market making him/her more competitive not only within him/her own country but also enables the stndent to seek job opportunities abroad.
The Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) Qualification will provide a student with a solid foundation in finance and accounting with all the necessary technical skills and knowledge required to perform an accounting-support role.

This qualification he added would give any student who wishe to start a career in finance early with a good grounding and assist the student to gain recognition to aspire for a more senior position in accountancy.

The BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting, is available exclusively to ACCA students who wish to obtain a degree while studying towards the ACCA Qualification. There are numerous benefits to completing this degree, and it enhances career prospects.

Ranasinghe said "Time is of the essence. Students completing AL's now have the opportunity to enroll in a dynamic and internationally recognized degree which they can study coupled with University.Because at ACCA we believe that students should be armed and strengthened with as many qualifications as they can."

Call ACCA Sri Lanka for further information.
ACCA Sri Lanka
424, R A De Mel Mawatha
Colombo 3
Tel: 2301920 or 2301923

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