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CPA Australia and CPA Program: Build a voice of credibility

Ashok Vashisht FCPA (Aust.) shares that a globally recognised designation like CPA Australia can equip you with the best practices and knowledge base to establish professional credibility.

May 10, 2021 00:15 IST
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Currently the chief financial officer at Sharda Cropchem Limited, a global agrochemical publicly listed company in India, Vashisht came to know about the CPA Australia and the CPA Program as a member of another global accreditation.In a highly competitive professional world, certifications and designations demonstrate a professional’s commitment to upholding industry standards and professional development. A believer in continuous learning, Ashok Vashisht FCPA (Aust.) holds world-class designations from several global professional bodies offering training and qualification in finance and accountancy.

“My career goal has always been to be seen not only as an expert in an Indian context, but become a globally qualified professional,” he says. “The CPA program has given me the confidence and perspective to align my thoughts with stakeholders across different geographies.”

CPA Australia has opened up member pathway agreements with more than 20 professional accounting bodies worldwide including the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). Many qualified professionals have benefited from such collaborations with career advancements locally and internationally.

For Vashisht, a key reason for pursuing the CPA Program was the Global Strategy and Leadership which has provided him with a global perspective in his field required to build a global career in finance and accounting.

A well-rounded program

CPA Australia offers the CPA Program which includes four compulsory subjects, two electives and an experience component. The program delivers a comprehensive understanding of both theory and application across a wide array of topics.

Vashisht completed the CPA Program in 2016, “The CPA Program has an edge over similar global accreditations because it provides a balance of accounting, finance, governance and strategy.”

“Being a fellow member of CPA Australia also offers access to additional resources that can provide detailed insights into different aspects of accounting and finance with a comprehensive view of current trends and markets,” he adds.

“CPA Australia’s member magazine INTHEBLACK is of great help as it keeps me ahead of others in the world of technology and finance, says Vashisht. “The interviews with CEOs and their best practices are very informative.”

Cascading information to teams

One of the most rewarding benefits of the CPA Program for Vashisht has been the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) component that provides members an opportunity to build skills and learning in finance, technology and many other diverse areas.
“For me, CPD was about learning new financial processes or new technologies, whether it was blockchain or artificial intelligence, international taxation, as well as tools such as MS Excel,” says Vashisht.
Vashisht believes keeping abreast of technologies and knowledge helps in terms of developing a high-performing team and creating value for the organisation.
“My career goal has always been to work in a company wherein I can apply world-class processes and work with people who are passionate about growing internationally.”
“I always take my learnings to the next level with my team, so that as a function we can exceed the expectations of stakeholders,” he adds.

Establish credibility at work

To establish credibility at work with peers, leadership and clients, one of the key pathways is to obtain required licenses, certifications or other professional qualifications needed in your field of work.

Vashisht believes doing the CPA Program has given him the confidence and skills to find “different ways to relate with stakeholders and exceed (not just meet) their expectations.”

“I believe having the CPA designation adds weight and credibility to my professional judgment and experience on various issues and I get better response and support from peers and employers.”

He has also found that the global recognition as a result of having a CPA Australia designation has meant an increase in his credibility and professional expertise while dealing with international stakeholders.

Network with your industry peers globally

CPA Australia offers an unparalleled opportunity to develop personally and professionally by becoming part of a powerful network of finance and accounting professionals.

“Being part of the global community helps in overall development and confidence,” says Vashisht.

At CPA events, Vashisht has met with the regional management of CPA Australia and members from all over India. He says the CPA member network has a lot to contribute when it comes to sharing best practices with industry peers.

“As a senior finance professional, I see networking as an opportunity to grow professionally and build a network wherein I can reach out to other CFOs if I need advice on a professional matter and vice versa.”

Vashisht feels that the value of the CPA Program and designation could be more widely shared among the CEOs and top management. He suggests raising awareness of the knowledge and experience available as a CPA Australia member so that the designation could be added to required credentials during the recruitment process.

The CPA designation can help you open doors to a global career. Find out more by attending a “Become a CPA” information session or learn more about how to become a member of CPA Australia.

*Note: Any members who embark on the ICAI MRA route wishing to undertake any Public Accounting Services must obtain certification/licenses and/or meet legislative requirements as may be in force in the relevant country and requirements that may be imposed for granting a certificate of practice.

 

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CPA Australia and CPA Program: Build a voice of credibility

Ashok Vashisht FCPA (Aust.) shares that a globally recognised designation like CPA Australia can equip you with the best practices and knowledge base to establish professional credibility.

 

Currently the chief financial officer at Sharda Cropchem Limited, a global agrochemical publicly listed company in India, Vashisht came to know about the CPA Australia and the CPA Program as a member of another global accreditation.In a highly competitive professional world, certifications and designations demonstrate a professional’s commitment to upholding industry standards and professional development. A believer in continuous learning, Ashok Vashisht FCPA (Aust.) holds world-class designations from several global professional bodies offering training and qualification in finance and accountancy.

“My career goal has always been to be seen not only as an expert in an Indian context, but become a globally qualified professional,” he says. “The CPA program has given me the confidence and perspective to align my thoughts with stakeholders across different geographies.”

CPA Australia has opened up member pathway agreements with more than 20 professional accounting bodies worldwide including the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). Many qualified professionals have benefited from such collaborations with career advancements locally and internationally.

For Vashisht, a key reason for pursuing the CPA Program was the Global Strategy and Leadership which has provided him with a global perspective in his field required to build a global career in finance and accounting.

A well-rounded program

CPA Australia offers the CPA Program which includes four compulsory subjects, two electives and an experience component. The program delivers a comprehensive understanding of both theory and application across a wide array of topics.

Vashisht completed the CPA Program in 2016, “The CPA Program has an edge over similar global accreditations because it provides a balance of accounting, finance, governance and strategy.”

“Being a fellow member of CPA Australia also offers access to additional resources that can provide detailed insights into different aspects of accounting and finance with a comprehensive view of current trends and markets,” he adds.

“CPA Australia’s member magazine INTHEBLACK is of great help as it keeps me ahead of others in the world of technology and finance, says Vashisht. “The interviews with CEOs and their best practices are very informative.”

Cascading information to teams

One of the most rewarding benefits of the CPA Program for Vashisht has been the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) component that provides members an opportunity to build skills and learning in finance, technology and many other diverse areas.
“For me, CPD was about learning new financial processes or new technologies, whether it was blockchain or artificial intelligence, international taxation, as well as tools such as MS Excel,” says Vashisht.
Vashisht believes keeping abreast of technologies and knowledge helps in terms of developing a high-performing team and creating value for the organisation.
“My career goal has always been to work in a company wherein I can apply world-class processes and work with people who are passionate about growing internationally.”
“I always take my learnings to the next level with my team, so that as a function we can exceed the expectations of stakeholders,” he adds.

Establish credibility at work

To establish credibility at work with peers, leadership and clients, one of the key pathways is to obtain required licenses, certifications or other professional qualifications needed in your field of work.

Vashisht believes doing the CPA Program has given him the confidence and skills to find “different ways to relate with stakeholders and exceed (not just meet) their expectations.”

“I believe having the CPA designation adds weight and credibility to my professional judgment and experience on various issues and I get better response and support from peers and employers.”

He has also found that the global recognition as a result of having a CPA Australia designation has meant an increase in his credibility and professional expertise while dealing with international stakeholders.

Network with your industry peers globally

CPA Australia offers an unparalleled opportunity to develop personally and professionally by becoming part of a powerful network of finance and accounting professionals.

“Being part of the global community helps in overall development and confidence,” says Vashisht.

At CPA events, Vashisht has met with the regional management of CPA Australia and members from all over India. He says the CPA member network has a lot to contribute when it comes to sharing best practices with industry peers.

“As a senior finance professional, I see networking as an opportunity to grow professionally and build a network wherein I can reach out to other CFOs if I need advice on a professional matter and vice versa.”

Vashisht feels that the value of the CPA Program and designation could be more widely shared among the CEOs and top management. He suggests raising awareness of the knowledge and experience available as a CPA Australia member so that the designation could be added to required credentials during the recruitment process.

The CPA designation can help you open doors to a global career. Find out more by attending a “Become a CPA” information session or learn more about how to become a member of CPA Australia.

*Note: Any members who embark on the ICAI MRA route wishing to undertake any Public Accounting Services must obtain certification/licenses and/or meet legislative requirements as may be in force in the relevant country and requirements that may be imposed for granting a certificate of practice.

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