In this issue:
1) Employer in the spotlight and versatile AAT   5) Feature article
2) Examination matters   6) AAT hot jobs
3) Forthcoming activities   7) Event calendar
4) Other matters  
The packaging industry has always been subject to keen market competition. Today an additional challenge stems from the environmental protection groups. However, some industry players have managed not only to maintain their niche but also continue to flourish. Mr. Jeffrey Lam, sole proprietor of a packaging company, says that AAT members are good accounting personnel and they play a critical role in this. Ms. Joyce Lam, a versatile AAT working for Jeffrey, talks about her first step to management in this industry through AAT qualification.

Special Examination Notice
At the current stage, all examinations will be held as scheduled. Candidates please be aware of the precautionary measures against H1N1 Influenza A (Swine Flu) in Public Examinations.+

Announcement of results for the June 2009 session
Results for the Accredited Accounting Technician Examination and Professional Bridging Examination will be announced in the fourth week and the third week of August 2009 respectively.

Application for Accounting Technician Examination Certificate
Graduates of the Accounting Technician Examination* between the June 2006 session and the December 2008 session are now eligible to apply for a certificate. Please click here to download the application form. The application deadline is 30 September 2009.
*Excluding full exemption graduates

Student Handbook for Hong Kong Accredited Accounting Technicians
A revised Student Handbook (May 2009 version) is now available. +

CPD Seminar
Our new series of CPD seminars can help you update your skills and knowledge. The next programme is:

Seminar: "Recap and update of financial instruments standards"
Date: Monday, 27 July 2009
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Fee: HK$80 for HKIAAT members / students
HK$100 for non-HKIAAT members / students

Click here to enrol.

New Exemption Policy
Under the HKIAAT’s New Qualification Framework (NQF), exemptions will be granted on a subject by subject basis up to a maximum of seven papers to graduates of accredited programmes offered by educational institutions effective from intakes of 2009/2010 academic year. For further details, please refer to the new Exemption Policy and Exemption Awarded List. +

Recognition of the HKIAAT New Qualification Framework (NQF)

Advanced standing from the Open University of Hong Kong
The NQF is recognized by the Open University of Hong Kong, Lee Shau Kee School of Business & Administration, for entry to their degree programmes. Accredited Accounting Technician (AAT) Examination and Professional Bridging Examination (PBE) graduates are eligible for advanced standing as follows:

Graduates Programme Advanced Standing
AAT BBA (Hons) in Accounting and nine other programmes 55 credits
PBE BBA (Hons) in Accounting and nine other programmes 80 credits

Job recognition by the Civil Service Bureau
The NQF is recognized by the Civil Service Bureau for their appointments. PBE graduates will be regarded as meeting the entry requirement of being “a registered student of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants Qualification Programme” for appointment to the following civil service posts:

Post Department
Accounting Officer II Treasury
Assistant Assessor Inland Revenue Department
Assistant Insurance Officer Office of the Commissioner of Insurance
Examiner Audit Commission
Insolvency Officer II Official Receiver’s Office

AAT graduates may be considered as having the relevant accounting knowledge for appointment to the grades of Assistant Taxation Officer and Tax Inspector II.

*Apart from meeting the professional and academic requirements for the posts concerned, candidates also have to meet the language proficiency and other appointment requirements as specified for appointment to the respective posts.
Business meetings in English: Part 3 – the Next Agenda Item and Closing
It is important to set time limit to each agenda item, to adhere to the schedule and to keep the meeting moving. In this final article of our three-part series on business meetings, Wilda Fong from Elite English Learning Centre talks about how to ensure all items on the agenda are covered in a meeting. +
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