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What is CIPA?
“CIPA” stands for Certified Islamic Professional Accountant and it is one of the two fellowship programs offered by the AAOIFI. The program was launched in 2006 and relaunched in 2017 after a three-year-long overhauling process.
CIPA is the only internationally recognized qualification in accountancy for Islamic financial institutions, catering to all banking, investment, and Takaful sectors.
The program is intended to equip candidates with the requisite technical understanding and professional skills in accountancy and related fields (such as audit, risk management, governance, law, and tax) for international Islamic banks and financial institutions. The program places emphasis on practical knowledge and real-world applications (and exercises) to deliver an enhanced and optimized learning experience.
Objectives of CIPA
The CIPA qualification aims at achieving the following objectives:
- development of in-depth understanding and application abilities of the requirements of the AAOFI Financial Accounting Standards (FAS) in respect of presentation of financial statements and financial reporting of Islamic Financial Institutions (IFIs) and Islamic finance transactions;
- ensuring that candidates understand the process and techniques of carrying out the audit in accordance with the principles of accountancy as well as with the international standards of auditing;
- equipping candidates with the understanding of the fundamentals of business and business management and the role of an accountant in relation to governance, tax, compliance, and risk management in an organization;
- providing the understanding of the basic foundations for Shari’ah compliance underpinning in Islamic banking and finance, and to develop strong application abilities of the requirements of the AAOFI Shari’ah standards; and
- equipping candidates with comprehensive understanding of the requirements of governance in an organization from the Shari’ah perspective.
Who is CIPA for?
CIPA is for professionals, executives, as well as for students who are currently involved, are studying for, or have interest, in accounting, auditing, and finance, especially for the Islamic banking and finance industry. These include:
- accountants and auditors;
- Shari’ah auditors;
- Islamic finance practitioners, bankers, and professionals; and
- undergraduate or graduate students aspiring for a rewarding career in Islamic finance accountancy.
Reasons for the CIPA fellowship
CIPA not only offers powerful learning content but also offers strong career prospects.
After successfully passing all CIPA module exams and fulfilling the practical experience requirement (PER), the candidate will become a CIPA fellow.
CIPA fellows stand to gain the following benefits but not limited to:
- being part of a strong group of AAOIFI fellows in not less than 50 countries;
- prestige by using the title ‘CIPA’ after one’s name;
- publication of one’s name on AAOIFI website;
- recognition from IFIs and regulators;
- career boost;
- free and / or preferential rates for AAOIFI workshop, publications, and events; and
free online access to AAOIFI standards.