ICAS and CIPFA join forces on professional qualification

ICAS and CIPFA have joined forces, offering their members the opportunity to secure a joint certification with both of the institutes.

Part of the collaboration will allow UK-qualified CIPFA members to ‘top up’ their PQ qualification through the ICAS Pathways route, become joint members of ICAS and CIPFA, and gain full chartered accountant designation. The opportunity is available to all UK-qualified CPFAs wishing to extend their professional reach and skill set.

ICAS has also combined its audit expertise with CIPFA’s sector knowledge to deliver the Integrated Qualification in Audit (IQA). The qualification is designed to prepare people for leading global finance and audit roles across the public and corporate finance sectors. Users will benefit from the dual designation CPFA and CA, with accompanying audit qualifications, and joint CIPFA ICAS membership.

Rob Whiteman, CIPFA chief executive, said the partnership “adds value to our members, both in CIPFA and ICAS, and we are confident it adds value for employers as well.

“Organisations can continue to develop their public sector specialist in-house capacity, and extend capabilities across corporate sector activities. This is increasingly important with the ongoing reconfiguration of public services.”

Anton Colella, ICAS chief executive, said: ‘What we have is a highly mobile accountancy profession. We are increasingly seeing people moving careers at least five, six, seven times in their professional life, and anything that could add to the leverage they have in that process is a very exciting prospect.”

In April, ICAS named Ken McHattie as its new president, succeeding Jim Pettigrew, who has been appointed as the new chairman of the Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE)

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