ACCA(the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)today launches its Global Business Services(GBS)Qualifications,a suite of three qualifications which are the first dedicated to finance and accounting in shared services and GBS.
Based on its expertise in this field,ACCA has specially designed this new professional qualification for the shared services sector,at three levels:
-Certificate in Global Business Services:Includes an independently-assessed online course and covers all the basic knowledge and skills required by global shared services employees.
-Diploma in Global Business Services:Includes the five modules of the above certificate and ACCA syllabus-related financial and accounting management knowledge.This Diploma boosts employees'financial expertise so that they can succeed in more challenging roles.
-Advanced Diploma in Global Business Services:Places a greater focus on advanced financial management,management accounting and performance management,improving employees'high-end professional skills.
David Hand,head of global business services at ACCA,says:'Over the past 20 years,an increasing number of companies have started to use shared services,outsourcing and global business service to improve their quality,lower costs and increase efficiency.Shared services is a rapidly-developing business model that has become a major component of financial transformation.The industry currently employs more than 750,000 finance personnel across the globe.
'In view of the growth of the shared services sector around the world,ACCA has listened to the needs of CFOs and companies and introduced the ACCA GBS Qualifications to help improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the sector.'
Over the coming weeks and months,ACCA will be holding events to launch the Qualifications in key markets,from Ireland to Poland.It has already launched in China with senior executives from well-known companies such as Changhong Electric,ZTE and Bosch,as well as over one hundred finance professionals,attending the ceremony.
David Hand continues:'GBS is more than just meeting efficiencies.It represents a fundamental shift in how businesses think about and manage shared services and outsourcing.Potentially,GBS places a new premium on the value that the retained finance function can actually produce by freeing it to perform higher-level tasks.It could be a game changer for finance by redefining its value.It is time for ACCA to lead within the profession and offer GBS qualifications.'
ACCA has always supported the development of the shared services industry through its professional qualification,its expert research projects,and through its extensive collaboration with businesses and government agencies.
David Hand concludes:'Successful completion of the GBS Qualifications not only helps employees acquire the specialist knowledge required for shared services work,but also takes their studies in the ACCA Qualification a step further,laying a firm foundation for their progression to fully-fledged finance talent.'