Programme jump-starts career

2019-02-13 06:00

Bachelor of Accounting graduates of the Boston Business College can swiftly progress on their path to becoming chartered accountants.

This is according to Dr Linda Meyer, Dean: Institutional Advancement at Boston.

“We have entered into an articulation agreement with Monash South Africa.

If they meet the set requirements, our graduates will be placed directly into the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (PG.Dip. Accounting) programme.”

While accounting graduates may apply for any institution’s accounting programmes to help them master their board exam, this agreement paves the way for an immediate acceptance on application.

“This PG.Dip. Accounting programme is the pathway to chartered accountancy that has been accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica). Its successful completion qualifies students to write the Initial Test of Competence (ITC), the first of Saica’s board exams.”

Meyer provides further information with a brief background:

  • The Monash programme makes use of blended learning, with online teaching resources as well as face-to-face lectures and tutorials, presentations and discussion sessions.
  • All applicants, including Boston graduates, must achieve a minimum of 55% in the major modules in the third year of the B.Acc curriculum. This must be in the year immediately preceding the one in which they begin the Monash PG.Dip. Accounting programme.

A chartered accountant (CA) is licensed by the state to audit the financial information of public companies for accuracy.

CA’s can also work themselves, completing taxes or accounting for individuals.

Accountants and auditors help to ensure that firms are run efficiently, its public records are kept accurately, and its taxes are paid properly and on time.

They analyse and communicate financial information for various entities such as companies, individual clients and the government.

Fundamental accounting day-to-day tasks include analysing and verifying financial documents, offering budget analysis, financial and investment planning, information technology consulting, designing accounting and data-processing systems and selecting controls to safeguard assets.

CA’s may also audit clients’ financial statements and inform investors and authorities whether or not the statements have been correctly prepared and reported. This is known as an external audit.

CA’s generally have their own businesses or work for accounting firms.

Internal auditors verify the effectiveness of their organisation’s internal controls and check for mismanagement, waste or fraud.

Do you want to work in the accounting industry?

You need to have an aptitude for maths, be a methodical and organised person, communicate well and have the ability to be assertive and sensitive at the same time.

Maintaining discretion is essential, and you will need to be the kind of person who can integrate information and draw conclusions.

If this is the career for you, enrol for the Bachelor of Accounting Science at the Boston Business College.

Dial 051-447-5700 for more information.

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