ACT qualification prizewinners

September and October on these shores always comes that ‘back to school’ ambience. Whether it’s your kids traipsing back to school, or memories of your own heydays in the playground or of packing off back to university, there’s that distinctive feeling of summer being over and normal routine ensuing. Perhaps it’s apposite then that each September, at the Ones to Watch event, the ACT looks back over the success of our students during the previous year and celebrates the efforts of all those who completed a treasury or cash management qualification. We also pay special homage to the students who

The business of treasury-getting professionally qualified

Now into its fifth year, the ACT’s annual survey of contemporary treasurers has been published and provides some enlightening information. Entitled, ‘The Business of Treasury’, the report provides data and findings from a survey on a wide range of issues such as board reporting, the strategic impact of treasurers, sources of funding and the importance of treasury qualifications. The survey randomly selected 196 qualified treasurers from the ACT’s membership base who gave anonymised answers, which give us all the opportunity to look at what’s at the forefront of treasurers’ minds, what the profession needs and how it’s developing. The full

Career advice in tumultuous times

As if you needed reminding, there have been some momentous socio-political events from all corners of the globe in the last 12 months; Brexit and the subsequent reaction from the EU, the election of President Trump and the rise of the populist-Right on the continent continue to mould the zeitgeist. Gauging the impact of these events on the world of business and finance is, to say the least, tricky. Some corporates might be able to cite hard facts of the impact from these geopolitical events. Others perhaps remain tight-lipped and refrain from drawing conclusions until more time has passed and

CertBALM® Certificate of Banking Asset and Liability Management

The CertBALM® is the first benchmark qualification in Asset and Liability Management (ALM) and one which has been long awaited within the banking industry. Since the financial crisis the management of banks’ balance sheets has come to the forefront with wholesale changes being required in the way banks need to manage themselves. The CertBALM® will equip students with the fundamental techniques by which to be able to recognise, interpret and solve the practical problems arising on a day to day basis from the risks that occur when running a bank balance sheet. In addition, they will also be able to

Transforming careers in treasury and finance

For over ten years, the ACT Educational Trust has been supporting individuals in developing countries who wish to forge a career in treasury but are unable to gain sponsorship to study towards an ACT qualification. We are delighted to share the success of one such individual, who has recently completed the CertTF qualification and is just about to start his CertT studies, all with the help of the Trust’s bursary scheme. Gildas Katro Digbeu, Senior Accountant – Account Receivables, Global Travel Alliance, South Africa tells us his story: Working as a Corporate Finance Executive has always been my passion since

Accreditation of in-company training programmes – setting the standard

Accreditation is the formal recognition of a person’s learning achievements which is linked to an internal or external standard. Many learning and development activities are often linked to some kind of accreditation, usually a qualification, but this is not always the case. What it is Professional accreditation involves meeting the standards set by a particular sector or industry body. The ACT sets standards for those working in and with treasury. This is done through its competency framework which describes the skills, knowledge and behaviours individuals should possess no matter what stage of their career they’re at. These standards, or competencies,

New experience entry route to the Diploma in Treasury Management

According to Albert Einstein “the only source of knowledge is experience”. At the ACT we probably take a broader view than Einstein in the fact that we believe knowledge can come from lots of different sources but, of course, experience plays an important role in how our careers take shape. For this reason, the ACT recently launched a new route to support highly experienced treasury practitioners gain direct entry into the Diploma in Treasury Management. This new route is called Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning  (APEL). We recognise that not everyone will have an academic background who works in treasury

Backing future leaders

To promote growth within the treasury profession, the ACT Educational Trust charity offers a bursary scheme to provide financial assistance for students from developing countries who are unable to fund or gain sponsorship for their ACT studies. We recently caught up with Wisdom Akakpo, Money Market Dealer, Barclays Bank Ghana Ltd. We’re delighted to say, Wisdom achieved a distinction for the Certificate in Treasury Fundamentals (CertTF) and is currently studying the Certificate in Treasury (CertT). What Wisdom had to say It all began during the summer of my year of graduation. I was selected for the SEO Career Program and was placed at Barclays. I had