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Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand is a professional body of over 115,000 diverse, talented and financially astute members who use their skills every day to make a difference for businesses and communities all over the world.

The Chartered title is an internationally recognised professional designation that reflects the highest standards of ethical, professional and technical expertise. The CA member code of ethics is respected and valued by business leaders around the world.

Our member’s commitment to lifelong learning ensures that their expertise remains relevant. As a global organisation, we have a strong voice on is-sues relating to the profession and business community, and in upholding the public interest.

Chartered Accountants display exceptional thinking, are up-to-date on the latest business trends and innovations and have a superior grasp of business that truly marks them as unique and in demand in the marketplace. They work at some of the highest levels in business as Chief Financial Officers, Chief Executive Officers, Directors, Senior Managers and Partners of some of the world’s largest organisations.

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Thanks to its global recognition, a Chartered Accountancy designation sets you up for success in the international job market. Chartered Accountants ANZ is the only accounting body in Australia and New Zealand recognised by the Global Accounting

Alliance (GAA), an exclusive collection of the 10 leading professional accountancy bodies in the world. You’ll be connected to 1 million members worldwide in 180+ countries, including ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) and AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants). CA members have reciprocal membership and benefits worldwide. As part of a network of high achievers, you’ll connect with the best from day one. From studying alongside the future leaders of business and finance, to joining them as part of a strong knowledge network.

To qualify as a Chartered Accountant of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, you have to gain and maintain one of the toughest professional accountancy and finance qualifications in the world.

As part of the GAA, Chartered Accountants ANZ is regularly and thoroughly evaluated to ensure its educationcal  program stays relevant in a global business and accounting context, and delivers best practice in educational framework and learning.

The Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting (GradDipCA) is a full postgraduate degree, providing exemptions to 60+ Masters programs across Australia and New Zealand. Chartered Accountants ANZ is the only professional accounting body in Australia and New Zealand that’s registered as a Higher Education Provider by the Australian Government, offering degree credentials regulated by TEQSA. The CA Program combines academic study, business and leadership skills training, and three-year mentored practical experience.

The academic study comprises four comprehensive technical modules delivering practical application of concepts in financial accounting and reporting, management accounting & applied finance, taxation and audit & assurance.

The final Capstone module integrates all the concepts learned and teaches business and leadership professional skills through real-world cases. Throughout this time you’ll be mentored by an experienced Chartered Accountant who will support you as your “personal coach” to quickly develop your professional learning and maximise your growth potential. Your mentor will set you on the path to success and provide you with the guidance and insight that only comes from someone who has already successfully negotiated the challenges of the modern business world.

There are two pathways into the Chartered Accountants Program. Entry into the CA Program requires an approved undergraduate degree with study in core knowledge areas. A non-accounting degree graduate or a graduate requiring further study in one or more of the knowledge areas can enter the Program after completing modules from the CA Foundations Program. Candidates will need to be employed for at least 17.5 hours per week in a relevant accounting role with an approved employer. Two modules may be completed while not employed, but this does lengthen the time taken to complete the CA Program. The Mentored Practical Experience Program should ideally run in parallel to candidate study, to provide executive coaching and support. For more details on the Chartered Accountants Program, please see youunlimitedanz.com

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Tell us about your role at Lion and any challenges that you have experienced?

Both my roles in Deloitte (I was an external auditor for three years) and as a Financial Accountant at Lion have definitely come with some eye opening challenges.

There is such a steep learning curve whenever you start something new and I learnt very early on to give any knowledge gaps some research online (or hardcopy resources) and be open to asking questions. Challenges were commonly around communicating messages to different stakeholders and learning to appreciate the financial background someone might have before bombarding them with acronyms and terms that they can’t connect with.

How has the CA Accreditation impacted your professional opportunities in your previous/current role?

I definitely wouldn’t be in my current role as a Financial Accountant if I did not have my CA designation as this is a prerequisite for my current job title. Getting accredited is another highly recognised qualification above your tertiary studies and is well regarded globally. Many finance based jobs require a benchmark level of accounting knowledge and the CA accreditation gives employers the comfort that you have the right technical abilities. To put it into perspective – I’ll be moving to the UK in a few months knowing that my CA qualification helps me get my foot in the door with accounting roles overseas.

How has your experience as a CA equipped you with the skills required in the accounting and finance industry?

My experiences in attaining my CA qualification have definitely built on skills required in this industry. I have developed detailed technical knowledge beyond what university offered and also developed strong communication and teamwork skills. Many of the Chartered Accountants Program modules require self-discipline, time management (working all day and then studying at night/weekends) and motivation to study – soft skills that are definitely useful and required in the workforce.

What was the most exciting and interesting part in working towards your CA?

I loved having the opportunity to network with other accountants outside my day to day job and learning things that I could directly apply at work. Chartered Accountants ANZ also run many social events you can attend – I particularly enjoyed getting involved in their annual sports tournaments and working on a friendly rivalry with other companies (especially when big 4 accountants play against each other).

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