How to Become a Professional Accountant

There are many routes you can take to becoming a professional accountant – depending on what kind of accountant you want to be. While the rules for registering as a Chartered Accountant are very strict and straightforward, the same is not true for becoming a tax practitioner, for example.

Take a look at the following flowchart to see what paths you can take to start your career:

Furthering Your Career

Becoming an accounting professional will only be the first step in your career. There are many ways in which you can continue developing and advancing your career from there.


Develop professional skills

Though you might be a qualified accountant already, there are many non-accounting skills that you can acquire to become a more qualified and well-rounded professional. These include:

  • Communication skills
  • Managerial skills
  • Project management skills
  • Business writing skills
  • Supervisory skills
  • Administrative skills

Oxbridge Training Institute (OTI) offers over 40 short courses in workplace skills development, which covers, amongst other things, all the skills mentioned above.

Click on the link to find out more: Workplace Skills Short Courses.

Tip: If you want to further your career by going into a management position, you will need managerial training, as you will be entering a completely new role, with a whole set of new responsibilities.


Further Your Training

Even if you have a BCom degree, you will always be able to further your accounting training. The more educated and qualified you are, the better your chances will be of securing higher-paying employment.
Furthering your training will be especially beneficial when you take a course that will expand your professional knowledge and skill set.

For example: An AAT qualification in Public Sector Accounting will allow you to develop specialist expertise in this direction and set you apart from accountants with only general training.

Find out more about the variety of accounting courses that Oxbridge Training Institute offers here: OTI Accounting Courses.

Oxbridge Academy also offers a range of accounting courses and qualifications via distance learning. You can learn more about these courses by clicking here.


Join a professional body

You can join a professional body like CIMA, ICB, or AAT for further professional credentials, training opportunities, networking opportunities, and many other membership benefits.

You often need a relevant qualification (such as an ICB qualification to become an ICB member), along with a set amount of work experience, in order to join a professional body. Some professional bodies, however, also cater for student members.

Joining a professional body is a great way to cement your professional credentials and continue building your career.

What if I didn’t pass Matric, but still want to study accounting?

The options outlined in the flowchart above may appear to be only for students who graduated from high school, either with or without accounting as a subject. But what about someone who failed to complete Matric?

There are still options out there for you!


Complete a Bridging Course

Colleges like Oxbridge Academy offer Bridging Courses to students who want to enrol for a National Qualification, but never finished Matric. These courses are aimed at closing the educational gap that inhibits these student from starting their studies.


Enrol for a qualification that doesn’t require Matric

Not all qualifications require you to have completed Matric. With Grade 10, you can enrol for a number of accredited, and highly-respected, accounting courses.

Though you will need to work harder than others to build your career, it is definitely possible for you to go into accounting as a profession.

You can contact Oxbridge Training Institute to find out more about the relevant course entry requirements:
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