Route to accounting career

THE Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), the United Kingdom’s leading qualification and professional body for vocational accountants, announced the launch of its qualifications to Malaysian students during the recent MIA International Accountants Conference.

The conference, hosted by the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA), attracted around 3,000 delegates from commerce, industry, public sectors and academia to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

The launch follows AAT’s Accounting Qualifications being approved and accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) in May 2016.

AAT’s Accounting Qualifications represent an internationally-recognised route provided by AAT to a professional career in accounting.

Each qualification combines the latest industry knowledge with practical skills to ensure accounting professionals are trained to a high standard and work ready.

The MQA has accredited the AAT Accounting Qualifications to be equivalent to a Malaysian diploma when the qualifications have been completed.

AAT Global Development Manager Justin Kyriakou said: “We anticipate that the launch of our internationally recognised qualifications for the Malaysian finance industry will be beneficial for prospective accounting students and businesses alike.”

“Students now have the opportunity to join a thriving community of over 130,000 AAT members worldwide, while business owners will benefit from work-ready employees equipped with the financial knowledge needed for successful careers,” he added.

As part of the official launch, AAT is also announcing that distance learning students in Malaysia can now access AAT’s Accounting Qualifications online via Kaplan, an international provider of higher education programmes and professional training courses.

Students who wish to study remotely can find out more details about AAT qualifications at

Kaplan Global Professional Accountancy head Tanya Worsley said: “This partnership reinforces our commitment to extending the structured learning environment of a classroom to students from wherever they are, either work or at home.”

She said AAT’s expansion into Malaysia opens up an additional entry point for aspiring accountants to venture into the profession and gain practical, industry-focused knowledge.

Such flexibility allows for more individuals, even those who are currently working, to upskill and undertake a professional certification, she added.

Welcoming this partnership, Kyriakou said: “We have already seen a handful of students in Malaysia begin our qualifications through the training provider System & Skills Training Concept (SSTC), and we expect this to accelerate through Kaplan offering our qualifications online to remote learners.”

“There is huge appetite for accountancy in Malaysia at present with the Government estimating that 28,000 new accountants will be required by 2020.

“Through our association with Kaplan and other training providers, we expect AAT to be at the heart of the drive towards producing highly skilled finance staff within Malaysia,” he said.

AAT is a member of the International Federation of Accountants.