PRESS RELEASE - Train the Trainers Workshop - February 08, 2019

Accounting instructors undergo training on the new Certified Accounting Technician Qualifications

The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Rwanda in collaboration with the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) organized a two- day Train the Trainers (TTT) workshop to tutors involved in the new Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) qualification.

The objective of the training was to enhance the quality of tuition delivery qualification across tuition providers, universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges. The Train the Trainer (TTT) workshop attracted around 89 Tutors/trainers from the above learning institutions. Unlike the old CAT qualification which focused on knowledge based approach, the new CAT qualification is competency based qualification. It is designed to integrate skills and abilities by engaging students in real workplace situations.

Speaking at the workshop, Jean Marie Vianney Muhire , the Director for Education Development Services at ICPAR pointed out that the two-day workshop would give the tutors the opportunity to understand the changes in approach, papers, content, methodology and exam structures to be able to mentor students accordingly.

“This workshop is vital for tutors to understand the new CAT qualifications. This is just the beginning, we will organize additional workshops for tutors specifically focusing on content and assessment strategies before the first new CAT qualification sitting in June 2019,” Muhire said.

The new CAT qualification was developed to respond to country needs in both public and private entities. CAT is a competency-based program, benchmarked with equivalent international accountancy qualifications such as CAT – UK and it is aligned with Rwanda TVET qualification framework, CAT stage 1 is equivalent to Rwanda TVET Qualification Framework (RTQF) Level 4, CAT stage 2 is equivalent with RTQF level 5 and CAT stage 3 is Equivalent to RTQF level 6 with additional specializations in Credit Management and Public Finance Management (PFM).

Trevor Garriock, the head of specialist solutions at ACCA and trainer at the workshop underscored that if the tutors were to succeed, they had to work together to advance the new CAT qualification. He noted that the new CAT instruction methodology is quite different from the academic approach and that it is important that tutors work together amongst themselves as well as with the institute if they are to succeed.

“In order to be effective, tutors need to take on the qualifications or at least study the papers even though they are technically sound on the subject matter. This will allow them to impart knowledge from an informed point of view. They need give the students the idea they need to practice in order to produce what is expected of them,” Mr. Garriock said.

ICPAR Chief Executive Officer Amin Miramago pointed out that part of the Institute’s mandate was to produce critical mass of accountants to support Rwanda’s economic aspirations and that the contribution of tutors is crucial.

“Government has put much emphasis on human capital development as a means to achieve its goal of creating a knowledge based economy. This will be achieved if we all give our best efforts by providing the right tools to the future accountants,” Mr. Miramago added.

The CEO further encouraged participants who were interested in pursuing the new CAT qualification to do so, noting that it can widen their scope of employability given the fact that it is now aligned to the National Qualification framework.

“Pursuing the new CAT course allows both vertical and horizontal mobility career wise. It can allow you to pursue CAT as well as other academic qualifications such as degrees in other fields,” He added.

Article 7 of the law establishing ICPAR gives the institute a specific mandate of developing teaching programs, organizing examinations and issuing certificates in matters relating to accounting profession in the country. Holders of CAT will have broad opportunities ranging from horizontal and vertical progression in academic and profession career pathways, easy access to employment, regional and international recognition among others. During this training Tutors will share with Master Trainer various experiences and good practices that will help them to strengthen their coaching skills in the accountancy profession.

TTT Workshop