The Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) said recently that it has scheduled to launch the new qualification programme stage-by-stage, aiming to offer flexible pathways and relevant trainings to students with different educational backgrounds to become CPAs.
The new programme is designed to meet the market needs, in turn align with the concept of "Accounting Plus" to attract more young talents into the accountancy profession by equipping them with analytical minds and problem-solving skills in the fast changing world, HKICPA noted.
“The new programme aims at building a future-ready profession, equipping accountants with both the solid accounting knowledge and skills, and ethical values necessary for a successful career – in practice or in business,” said Margaret Chan, chief executive and registrar.
Comprising three progressive levels with 14 modules and a Capstone workshop, the new programme provides greater flexibility for students with different educational backgrounds, including sub-degree holders and non-accounting majors, to become CPAs, according to HKICPA, adding that the newly introduced Associate level builds a solid foundation of technical accounting knowledge.
Application for the new programme (Associate Level) examination in June 2020 will be closed on 11 January 2020, the accountancy body said.