To complete your professional qualification and qualify as an International Accountant, you need to both pass the exams and gain three years' relevant and supervised work experience, or initial professional development (IPD). In addition to demonstrating your academic ability and technical knowledge, you must also show your competence in the workplace by gaining and applying technical knowledge, professional knowledge, professional skills and professional ethics, values and attitudes.

IPD is defined as work experience, gained by performing the work of a professional accountant under qualified supervision at progressive levels of responsibility. AIA creates world class accountants, and our IPD requirements play an essential part in this process. Our IPD programme is designed to help you to recognise, develop and record the professional skills and competencies you acquire through your work experience. You can gain your IPD either before, during or after study for the exams.

IPD provides a framework in which you develop your professional skills and competence in the work environment by:

  • Working at progressive levels of responsibility;
  • Enhancing awareness of the working environment, understanding of relevant organisations, of how business works and of the business environment;
  • Applying technical knowledge and being able to relate accounting work to other business functions and activities;
  • Developing and applying professional ethics, values and attitudes in practical, real-life situations; and
  • Enhancing Information Communication Technology (ICT) competency.