The Securities and Investment Institute (SII) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) have recently signed a global partnership agreement that will see the two organisations co-operate, collaborate and share resources around the world to support the work of nearly 130,000 finance professionals.
This new agreement means that the ACCA will offer SII exams and qualifications to members around the world and SII will offer advantageous terms for ACCA members to also become SII members.
Members of the London Stock Exchange formed the SII in 1992 to set standards of professional excellence and integrity for the securities and investment industry, providing qualifications and promoting the highest level of competence to its members, firms and others. The SII is now a professional body for those who work in the securities and investment industry in the UK. Over 17,000 members benefit from a programme of professional training and development. The Institute is the principal awarding body for industry qualifications and last year its examinations attracted 35,000 candidates.
ACCA is the largest and fastest-growing international professional accountancy body and has some 260,000 students and 110,000 members in 170 countries worldwide. ACCA experts are available for media comment on all aspects of UK and international accounting, auditing, tax, small business, environmental reporting, corporate governance, business law and public sector finance.
Two Agencies with Much in Common
The ACCA Chief Executive Allen Blewitt, said, “We are very excited about the prospect of our two bodies working together. We have the highest regard for the work and achievements of SII and we share much in common, including a commitment to promoting the highest ethical standards in the financial profession and to working in the public interest at all times. At a time when there is greater demand for transparency from investors and stakeholders, there is much we can achieve for the benefit of our members and for the public in whose interest they work.”
Simon Culhane, Chief Executive Officer of the SII, said: “We are delighted to be working with ACCA who share our commitment to professional standards and career progression for industry staff.”
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