Professional Qualification: CIMA, ACCA, AAT or a Computer Language? Which one would you choose?

“Is spending time on a Professional qualification worth it?” This is a question that many students think about as the G.C.E. A/L Examination draws to an end. All such courses are quite flexible in terms of time and the medium you are planning to study them in. Institutes cater full time courses as well as part time courses aimed for the working, employed student. You can enroll for real time, in class sessions or they provide facilities to learn online. Today we will be briefly showing you the path in making the right decision when selecting professional qualifications from a range of eligible courses like CIMA, ACCA, AAT and Computer Languages.

Professional Qualifications
Pasindu Sadanjana

“Is spending time on a Professional qualification worth it?” This is a question that many students think about as the G.C.E. A/L Examination draws to an end. All such courses are quite flexible in terms of time and the medium you are planning to study them in. Institutes cater full time courses as well as part time courses aimed for the working, employed student. You can enroll for real time, in class sessions or they provide facilities to learn online. Today we will be briefly showing you the path in making the right decision when selecting professional qualifications from a range of eligible courses like CIMA, ACCA, AAT and Computer Languages.

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting (Cert. BA) – Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Qualification

CIMA consists of several stages of qualifications that can be achieved as you level up. As a student that has just faced the A/Ls, the most suitable level to join would be ‘CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting’ that teaches the basics of the subject. As a result, even a student with a very minimal knowledge on Accounting is able to successfully complete this course.

Why should you choose CIMA?

  • It is a globally accepted professional qualification.
  • It allows you to identify your potential and ability in doing a business of your own.
  • It helps you to climb up from a primary knowledge on Accounting to achieving ‘Basic business knowledge’ and ‘Financial skills.’
  • It sets the foundation to gain a ‘CIMA Professional Qualification.’
  • It uplifts and develops your ‘Ethical decision making skills.’

The complete course duration of this qualification is 6 months and the ‘Validity period’ of the exam would be 1 year from the day that you re-register as a CIMA student.

More: https://www.cimaglobal.com

ACCA Qualification – Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Qualification

Through the professional qualifications catered by the ACCA, you are able to access an excellent coverage on Financial Statements, Management Accounting, Audit, Business Taxation and Law. It arms the students further with knowledge on Business Ethics. While it takes up to 10 years to complete 13 subjects in English medium, they provide the chance to sit for 4 examinations maximum in one session. In order to receive the ACCA membership, 3 years of practical experience is essential.

Why should you choose ACCA?

  • It is a globally accepted professional qualification.
  • It increases professional skills via the 3 years of practical experience.
  • The ACCA qualification enables access to a higher salary.

More: https://www.accaglobal.com/lk/en.html

AAT Qualification – The Association of Accounting Technicians Qualification 

By studying at AAT, you will be qualified to work as an Accounting Technician. This position (Accounting Technician) belongs to the level of ‘Middle Level Professional Accountants.’ While the AAT examination consists of three levels namely Foundation, Intermediate and Final, each of these stages take up to 6 months to complete. Another specialty of the programme is that it offers education through all the three languages of Sinhala, English and Tamil. They recruit batches bi-annually, a team each in June and December.

Why should you choose AAT?

  • It is a globally accepted professional qualification.
  • It does not require any pre- requisites.
  • It is the fastest route to Chartered Accountancy.

More: https://www.aatsl.lk/index.php/en/

JAVA Certificate

Why should you choose JAVA?

  • It is the most-used computer programming language in the world.
  • It does not require any pre- requisites.
  • It aids the learning process of programming languages such as C, C#, C++, etc.
  • It paves way to become a Software Developer with a high salary.

What are the institutes that provide courses in JAVA?

It will be an added benefit to know if the educational institute that you choose to study JAVA in, is Oracle Corporation Certified.

  • UCSC (University of Colombo – School of Computing)
  • SLIIT (Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology)
  • IJSE (Institute of Java and Software Engineering)
  • E Soft Metro Campus

Python Certificate

Why should you choose Python?

  • It is recognized as a computer programming language that is simple to learn and comprehend.
  • It paves way to become a Software Developer with a high salary.
  • It is famously known for its value and demand.

What are the institutes that provide courses in Python?

  • UCSC (University of Colombo – School of Computing)
  • University of Moratuwa
  • NIBM (National Institute of Business Management)
  • E Soft Metro Campus

Translated by Chathushkie Jayasinghe

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