Updated competencies to keep Certified General Accountants ahead of the curve

    VANCOUVER, June 2 /CNW/ - The Certified General Accountants Association
of Canada (CGA-Canada) is once again updating its requirements for
certification as it continues to position CGAs for financial and strategic
leadership roles.
    With an emphasis on even greater depth, the 2010 CGA Competency Framework
is the result of an extensive practice analysis involving 6,000 CGAs, a
national task force, and a blue ribbon panel. The ambitious process - which
identifies the changing needs of the accounting profession and the marketplace
- is repeated every three to five years. The competencies are written as
statements that specify the roles, tasks, and behaviours of a professional
accountant. The association uses them to assess whether candidates, regardless
of their career option, have carried them out to the standard expected by
clients, employers, and the public.
    "Business depends on CGAs for much more than reliable financial
information," said Anthony Ariganello, President and CEO of CGA-Canada. "It
expects CGAs to provide the analysis, insight and leadership that are required
to make important financial and business decisions. By updating our
requirements, we will ensure that CGAs continue to have what it takes to steer
organizations, through good times and bad."
    The CGA Competency Framework outlines 130 professional competencies -
grouped under leadership, professionalism, and professional knowledge - that
CGA candidates must demonstrate to qualify for the designation. The Framework
is used by CGA-Canada to develop and enhance CGA education, examination,
experience and professional development requirements. It is also a resource

    -   Employers and the public, to better gauge the value of CGAs as
        financial professionals and business leaders;
    -   Students, to understand the knowledge, skills and proficiency levels
        that they must demonstrate to become a CGA, and to assess their
        career development;
    -   The academic community, to prepare students to enter and successfully
        complete the CGA program.

    "Regularly updating our competencies means that we're always thinking
ahead," Ariganello added. "In a very real way, it's what keeps CGAs at the
forefront of the accounting profession."
    The 2010 CGA Competency Framework can be viewed at
cga.org/canada/competency. The Framework will be revised periodically.

    About CGA-Canada

    Founded in 1908, the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada
serves 71,000 Certified General Accountants and students in Canada and more
than 80 countries. Respected accounting and financial management
professionals, CGAs work in industry, finance, government and public practice.
    CGA-Canada establishes the designation's certification requirements and
professional standards, offers professional development, conducts research and
advocacy, and represents CGAs nationally and internationally.

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