Over many decades the global development of professional accounting education programmes has been undertaken by higher education institutions, professional accounting bodies, and employers. These institutions have sometimes co-operated and sometimes been in conflict over the education and/or training of future accounting professionals. These ongoing problems of linkage and closure between academic accounting education and professional training have new currency because of pressures from students and employers to move accounting preparation onto a more efficient, economic and practical basis.

The Interface of Accounting Education and Professional Training explores current elements of the interface between the academic education and professional training of accountants in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK. It argues for a reassessment of the considerations and requirements for developing professional accounting programs which can make a student: capable of being an accountant (the academy); ready to be an accountant (the workplace); and professional in being an accountant (the professional bodies).

This book was originally published as a special issue of Accounting Education: An International Journal.

chapter 3|24 pages

Educating and Training Accountants in Syria in a Transition Context

Perceptions of Accounting Academics and Professional Accountants

chapter 7|21 pages

The Tax Knowledge of South African Trainee Accountants

A Survey of the Perceptions of Training Officers in Public Practice