At the beginning of 2016, a China-based organisation, Shanghai Finance and Talent Information and Technology, approached ATHE to endorse their programme aimed at accountants, tax agents and finance officers. Shanghai Finance and Talent Information and Technology is a company specialising in professional training, recruitment and services including accounting, finance and taxation. Background Information In 1998, The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) released a draft version of ‘Competence-Based Approaches to the Preparation of Professional Accountants’, followed by a release of ‘IEP 2 – Towards Competent Professional Accountants’ in 2003. Based on these papers, the company identified the need to combine education and development of competences of practitioners.
‘The Certificate of Competences in Public Accounting for Global Accountants/Tax Agents/Finance Officers (CCPA)’ has been designed as a response to international and domestic demand for a programme which combines the professional knowledge of Accountants/Tax Agents/Finance Officers and their management skills and ethics. Furthermore, the Chinese Government has explicitly expressed the need for establishing of the standards for accounting/finance/taxation practitioners which resulted in a tailored programme with prime focus on the core skills and professional ethics required by the Chinese Ministry of Finance. Learners who complete this programme, will have an opportunity to review their own professional role and their company’s role in a business context. It aims to transform the accounting/finance/taxation practitioner to a professional with multiple skills and competences.
ATHE endorsement has added value to the CCPA programme by providing an external reference of quality backed up by ATHE’s status as an internationally recognised awarding organisation. Mr. ZHANG Cheng, CEO at Shanghai Finance and Talent Information and Technology
Shanghai Finance and Talent Information and Technology has already started the delivery of this programme and it has also been launched at Shanghai National Accounting Institute, the online education net.
CCPA is a practical programme for professionals. It is unique in the way it integrates professional knowledge, skills and capabilities thereby enhancing the overall competences of personnel of accounting/finance/tax. XIN Lipeng, senior tax officer at Unitax (Shanghai) Certified Tax Office
ATHE endorsement can be appropriate for learning programmes where learners do not necessarily require a regulated qualification, but where external certification of completion can add value. If you are interested in ATHE’s endorsement services then please contact us.