October 21, 2019
The International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB) today released four revised International Education Standards (IESs) addressing learning and development for information and communications technologies (ICT) and professional skepticism. As market expectation increases for ICT skills and professional skepticism, these standards were developed to address the competencies, skills, and behaviors for both aspiring and professional accountants in these critical areas.
“These revised standards support the continued enhancement of quality financial reporting as the disruptive potential for ICT increases and the importance of demonstrating professional skepticism is heightened.” said IAESB Chair Anne-Marie Vitale.
The revised education standards include newly added and revised ICT and professional skepticism learning outcomes that:
· Improve the relevance and quality of professional accounting education offered by professional accountancy organizations (PAOs), including IFAC member organizations;
· Identify learning and development activities that enhance the professional competence of aspiring and current professional accountants; and
· Support the accounting profession in its provision of high-quality financial reporting, auditing, or other related financial and accounting services in the digital age.
The revised education standards should be incorporated into the educational requirements for IFAC membership organizations. They are also relevant for stakeholders interested in professional accountants’ learning and development, such as public accounting firms, regulators, and employers.
The IAESB has also developed support materials to assist PAOs in developing curricula for ICT, professional accountants in business, and public sector accountancy programs.