Staff Reporter

It will be open to students who have completed Class XII

Chennai: The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI) will introduce a ‘certified accounting technician’ course to cater to the requirement of accountants in small and medium scale companies.

Kunal Banerjee, ICWAI president, told reporters here recently that the course would be open to students who have completed Class XII.

Although it is not a full professional programme, the course would equip candidates for work in several small firms, the retail sector and business process outsourcing units, he said.

“It is estimated that at least one million accounting technicians will be required within the next three years in India,” said Mr. Banerjee.

The entry level syllabus for the technician’s course will be the same as the foundation course of the ICWAI examination.

This will be followed by the competency level consisting of two more papers.

Students desiring to purse the complete professional programme would be able to switch to it from the technician’s course and vice-versa.

The technician’s course can be completed in a year and costs about Rs.8,000.

The institute also conducts campus recruitment programmes.

The institute recently held discussions with the Institute of Management Accountants, USA and Certified Management Accountants, Canada to undertake joint research programmes.

A.Om Prakash, chairperson of Southern India Regional Council of ICWAI, said a regional Cost convention on the theme ‘Strategies for managing economic uncertainties – Cost and management accountants as facilitators’ would be held in Bangalore on December 19 and 20.

For more details, call 28554443 or 28554326.