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ISCA creates more pathways to widen accountancy talent pipeline

THE Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) has created more pathways to enter the accountancy profession, in line with the government's SkillsFuture initiative.

This will be effected via a new affiliate membership class that enables non-graduates to be ISCA members, providing them with professional support and recognition.

ISCA is also offering the ISCA Accredited Accounting Technician (ISCA AAT) Diploma in partnership with the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). The ISCA AAT Diploma is a flexible skills-based programme for accounting technicians and is designed to meet the demands of the workplace.

Separately, to add further diversity to the talent pool, ISCA is allowing for accountancy graduates of foreign universities to become its associate members. Previously, only graduates of local universities, those who have completed the ISCA professional examination, or those with recognised accounting qualifications were eligible for associate membership.

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Lee Fook Chiew, ISCA's chief executive officer, said: "By providing more pathways for individuals to enter the profession and progress in their careers, ISCA aims to broaden and deepen the talent pipeline. This ultimately strengthens the accountancy sector where more options are available to individuals from different educational backgrounds to join the profession.

"Likewise, employers can be assured that their staff, from accounting technicians to accountants, are kept up-to-date on the latest accounting developments and belong to the national accountancy body which upholds the highest professional, technical and ethical standards."