Demand for specialist training at all-time high

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Demand for specialist training at all-time high

Professionals working in the charity sector and government departments lead
the way in requests for specialist courses.

Specialist and technical training courses are in greater demand than ever before among accountants fulfilling their requirements in continuous professional development, according to accountancy trainers.

Si Hussain, chief executive of professional development at BPP, said: "While classic update programmes such as UK GAAP, IFRS, US GAAP and taxation remain popular, we have seen a noticeable increase in demand for more specialist training, such as corporate finance for SMEs, strategic management accounting, LLPs, accounting and finance in the not-for-profit sector, principally charities and government departments."

The development of a new set of accounting standards is also driving the demand for training. Hussain said: "We are seeing a marked increase in demand for more targeted and in-depth technical training of particular standards, such as financial instruments, accounting and reporting, and deferred taxation accounting under IFRS."

Accountants embracing CPD are also asking for a broader range of skills. So-called soft skills, such as interviewing techniques and managing diversity in the workplace, are also increasing in popularity.
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