| Danial Norjidi |
A LOCAL online education provider, Crescent Sdn Bhd, signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with the International Association of Bookkeepers (IAB) and the International Association of Accounting Professionals (IAAP) UK at the iCentre last Wednesday.
According to a press statement from the iCentre, the signing took place in the presence of Dr Hj Abdul Manaf bin Hj Metussin, the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office and the Chief Executive Officer of Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) .
The signing of the MoUs are geared towards providing bookkeeping and accounting skills to Bruneians in the commercial sector, Crescent CEO Hjh Salma binti Hj Abdul Latif said, adding that bookkeeping and accounting knowledge are essential learning tools for companies, particularly SMEs.
These skills can assist to develop sophisticated financial knowledge essential in today’s business environment, she added, highlighting that through IAB and IAAP comes an opportunity for youths and new entrepreneurs to obtain financial skills.
The IAB is most appropriate for youths with secondary education, as it has no qualification requirements for entry.
According to the statement, “… it empowers individuals and improves job prospects”.
Additionally, the programme is short and can be completed in less than a year, and can be done either online, in a physical classroom setting or in a mix of both.
Upon completion of the IAB, students are open to sit for two Islamic business courses to obtain another certificate, IAAP Islamic Business, which is also certified by the IAB.
These courses are also offered online, in a physical classroom setting or in a mixed format.
Meanwhile, the CEO of IAB and IAAP, Malcolm Trotter, explained that since its launch in 1973, the IAB has grown into a prestigious bookkeeping organisation with members across 60 countries and accreditation centres geared towards developing financial business skills.
Crescent Sdn Bhd was incorporated in 2009 as an online education provider and is currently incubated at the iCentre. The company developed a learning management system which won the regional award, APICTA, in 2011 as well as various local IT awards.
“The leap to bookkeeping and accounting professional programmes is a natural progression of the company as it blends Islamic input into (them),” the iCentre press statement stated.