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Partnership aims to help ACCA members meet CPD needs

The Open University and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants have joined forces to provide web-based learning opportunities for ACCA members.

The first module in the series is Influencing Strategic Thinking, for finance professionals. The course aims to enable finance professionals to contribute more effectively to strategic decisions in the organisations they work for or with.

Charles Edwards, director of the Centre for Continuing Professional Development at the Open University, said: "Accountants and other finance professionals play a vital role in all organisations, but the days when they did the sums for others' decisions are long past. With their knowledge and expertise, they need to be central to debating and making the big strategic decisions.

"This course is the first in a partnership with ACCA which will develop the professional skills of finance professionals over and above their accounting role. Completing this short 30-hour course provides members, their employers and ACCA with evidence of the quality, relevance and application of their CPD activity."

Clare Minchington, managing director education, learning and development at ACCA, said: "It is central to our role to know and respond to the constantly changing skill needs of our members. This online course from the OU offers our members an alternative way of meeting some of their Continuing Professional Development needs. They can take it anywhere in the world and work when it fits with their lives. Above all, application to practice is built into course design and completion."

Support and feedback online are available from the course learning advisors, such as Open University lecturer Kathy Knowles. She said: "These courses are designed for CPD rather than as part of a formal academic qualification, although completers do receive an OU Certificate of Completion. This means we can focus on development rather than assessment. So when the learner sends in their Personal Development Progress Report, our role is to give them individual development feedback, not a numerical mark."

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