The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) and the Association of Accounting Technicians have entered into a new service agreement to help drive positive outcomes for the small business sector.
IPA chief executive, Andrew Conway said IPA recognised the value that accounting technicians brought to the small business sector and believed that AAT members had a natural place within the accounting profession and the IPA family.
“This new agreement with the AAT will enhance the IPA and AAT’s capacity to work more closely together to provide end-to-end service for the sector,” Conway said.
The partnership will also extend benefits to their respective membership bases to include further education pathways, access to continuous professional development, discussion groups and networking opportunities, technical advice, and ongoing advocacy that worked in the best interests of members and small business.
“For accounting technicians and professional bookkeepers, this includes a pathway to the IPA’s professional program; a fully-fledged Master of Business through Deakin University,” Conway said.
“This program will mean that members can broaden their education and skill base, enabling them to diversify and grow their businesses.”