The history of aviation is made possible by trailblazers who advanced flight technology from its formative stages and inspired younger generations to continue developing new pathways across greater distances.
In a similar way, the Institute empowers our members to forge new connections in the field of accountancy by providing pathways to develop their expertise in various areas of specialisation.
Besides developing specialisation pathways, ISCA also takes part in a range of outreach activities to engage the student population to promote accountancy as a career of choice.
DEVELOPING TALENT IN FINANCIAL FORENSIC ACCOUNTING
ISCA held the inaugural ISCA Financial Forensic Conference on 28 September. The event was officiated by Deputy Prime Minister and Co-ordinating Minister for National Security Mr Teo Chee Hean.
The event drew close to 500 attendees from both public and private sectors, including forensic accountants, financial crime compliance specialists and investigators, law enforcement officers, and legal specialists.
At the event, we announced the launch of the ISCA FFA Qualification, the first financial forensic accounting qualification in Southeast Asia. This will enable existing and aspiring financial forensic professionals to further their professional development and foster the talent pipeline for such specialists. A pathway is also available for experienced financial forensic professionals to be conferred the Financial Forensic Professional (FFP) credential. Applications for the Qualification commenced in March 2018.
In 2017, ISCA welcomed the first batch of students for the ISCA-AAT, offered in collaboration with the Association of Accounting Technicians (UK). The programme equips accounting technicians with core technical skills in accounting, tax, law, and IT.
The ISCA-AAT’s modular and customisable syllabus aims to build the accounting capabilities of accounting technicians and increase their productivity, which they can apply to their work. This is an invaluable foundation for their careers in a business environment that is changing rapidly due to technological innovations.
ISCA PROFESSIONAL EXAMINATION
ISCA Professional Examination (ISCA PE) is a professional accountancy programme which enables graduates who did not major in accounting and overseas accounting graduates to become ISCA Associate Members. Since 2009, there have been 857 candidates who have passed the ISCA PE. In 2017, 199 candidates graduated from the programme.
ENGAGEMENT AND OUTREACH
To broaden and deepen the accountancy talent pipeline, ISCA continues to engage students, with the objective of promoting accountancy as a career of choice. Through career talks and career fairs, ISCA has reached out to over 2,000 students from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Millennia Institute, and secondary schools in 2017.
The Institute has also continued to engage future and current accounting professionals at more than 50 talks, roadshows and info-sessions, connecting and sharing information with over 1,000 potential and existing members on ISCA membership pathways and initiatives.