This job is sometimes referred to as:
- Accounting Technician
- Management Accountant
- Taxation Accountant
Accountants provide accounting systems and services relating to taxation and the financial dealings of organisations and individuals. They also advise on associated record-keeping and compliance requirements.
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To become an accountant you need to have a commerce degree majoring in accounting or finance.
Most people working in accountancy are members of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA), and employers prefer this.
To become a chartered accountant with the NZICA you must:
- complete four years of academic study at an NZICA-approved tertiary education institution
- complete three years of workplace experience
- pass a postgraduate professional competency programme, which includes workshops and two NZICA exams.
To retain membership of the NZICA accountants must complete 20 hours of training a year by attending courses, seminars and presentations.
Accounting technician entry requirements
To become an accounting technician you need to complete two years of tertiary study. This could be either:
- a New Zealand Diploma in Business, or
- degree-level study including coverage of required accounting and business topics.
Accounting technicians must also complete one year of relevant accounting experience before, during or after they complete their tertiary study.
- New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants website - information on becoming a chartered accountant
A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include accounting, economics, English and maths with statistics and/or calculus.
Accountants need to be:
- methodical and accurate, with a good eye for detail
- able to work well under pressure
- honest and responsible
- skilled in analysing and interpreting information
- skilled in organising and planning
- good problem-solvers
- good communicators and able to deal well with people.
Useful experience for accountants includes:
- accounts and auditing work
- work in information and technology
- work in offices and administration.
Membership with the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants is recommended.
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Updated 6 Nov 2014