New partnership brings additional opportunities for BTEC Higher Nationals in Business students

In the spirit of educational excellence and collaboration, the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) and Pearson Asia Pacific have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at IPA’s headquarters in Melbourne, Australia, to recognise BTEC Higher National Business students and graduates as IPA members. 

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The Institute of Public Accountants & Pearson Higher Nationals

Watch this short webinar recording of a session outlining the partnership benefits, and the process around applying.


As the world’s learning company, Pearson awards globally recognised academic and vocational qualifications as part of a range of offerings from online course development for higher education, to learning and development resources for corporations. 

As a result of this partnership, the Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business qualification has received accreditation from IPA, Australia for our Asia region students. Graduates of this qualification in the following countries will now be eligible to apply for discounted Associate Membership of the IPA (AIPA), upon completion of their qualification: Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Brunei, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

"Through this MoU, we seek to form a strong bond with Pearson to deliver new education standards and support to accounting graduates in the region, so they may grow and prosper in their chosen professional career path." IPA Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Conway
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David Lyons (VP Finance, Pearson) and Prof. Anrew Conway (CEO, IPA) are pictured during the signing ceremony.

Furthermore, students who are studying the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business are eligible to become Student Members of IPA for free. The membership will give them access to a range of great benefits designed to assist in their studies, as well as build depth and awareness of the issues in the accounting profession.

Upon receiving Associate Membership of IPA, Pearson BTEC HND graduates will also be awarded Associate Membership of the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA) (United Kingdom), with no additional charges. 

"Pearson is delighted to partner with the Institute of Public Accountants. Like us, the IPA understand the importance of students needing high standards of both knowledge, and practical skills to kick start their career. Ninety per cent of BTEC graduates are employed full time after graduating, and the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business is the perfect passport to a fulfilling career in almost any sector." Pearson Asia Pacific Chief Financial Officer, David Lyons
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From left: Taha Haidermota (Vice President, Senior Legal Counsel – APAC, Europe and Africa, Pearson), David Lyons, Prof. Andrew Conway Jane Gao (General Manager International Division, IPA) at the MoU signing ceremony.
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"The MoU will provide graduates of Pearson Education South Asia’s accredited accounting program, with a pathway to IPA membership and access to the Institute’s professional program; a Master of Business Administration. Together, we will continue to raise the bar for education standards across the profession and across the region." Prof. Andrew Conway

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