CIPFA has revealed plans to double student numbers after figures showed registration is up ten per cent on last year. The figures vindicate the new qualification launch and could end rumours of early demise. During 1999, 550 new students registered, the highest rise in nine years in all the institute’s employer sectors. CIPFA education and training director Ken Gill said: ‘The new CIPFA qualification has received an excellent reaction from all of our key stakeholder groups, including employers, CIPFA members and student members. ‘Developing the qualification in consultation with key stakeholder groups has been particularly successful because it has provided our customers with exactly what they want.’ In recent times CIPFA has been accused of being in ‘terminal decline’ after dissident member Ian Perkin launched a one-man crusade to transform the ‘disingenuous’ marketing strategy of the institute. More worrying though were NHS Executive statistics which revealed that CIMA had overtaken CIPFA as the leading provider of accountancy qualifications for students in the health service. The new qualification includes greater emphasis on strong financial and management accounting, public accountability and a new open learning system.
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