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NSA sets the stage for excellence: a special offering of the ACAT review course and examination.

Professional associations can have an enormous collective presence in an industry. With over 138,000 associations nationwide, only those that establish themselves as offering a specific, broad-reaching benefit to the public good will excel in the 21st century. NSA is proud of the work it has done thus far to foster a positive image for our members and the accounting profession.

By definition, an association exists to serve the needs of its members. In reality, millions of consumers look to associations to provide an assurance of quality and integrity within an industry. Like any other business, the association must respond to both these needs in order to remain a recognized force. NSA and its members must be forward-thinking in determining ways to continually increase our visibility and credibility as the organization of professionals specializing in serving the accounting, tax, and related financial needs of individuals and small businesses. Such common bonds are what make associations so powerful. NSA continually looks for ways to strengthen that common bond and bring valuable services to its members that will, in turn, fulfill the public's needs.

As such, a special feature has been added to this year's annual convention - an exclusive offering of the Comprehensive Examination for Accreditation in Accountancy Exam administered by the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT). There will also be a special offering of a two-day review course just prior to the examination. Details of both the review course and exam are provided below.

Individuals passing both parts of the ACAT examination are awarded Accreditation in Accountancy and may use the designation "Accredited Business Accountant[R]" in states where permitted by law. Accreditation exemplifies the highest standards of professionalism and knowledge and is something that every accounting professional should pursue regardless of his/her career stage.

The ABA credential is widely known as a standard of excellence for those in independent, local or regional public practice. In today's age of increased technology and a more educated consumer, demonstrating your commitment to excellence will become increasingly important. NSA has made reaching this level a little easier by bringing the ACAT Review Course and examination to you in conjunction with the annual convention. An extra day and $25 is all that stands between you and excellence.

ACAT Review Course and Bonus Package

A special two-day course designed to assist in preparing individuals to take the Comprehensive Examination for Accreditation in Accountancy Exam administered by ACAT will be offered on Monday and Tuesday, August 23-24. The course, which will run from 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m. each day, will be taught from the "Preparatory Package for the ACAT Exam", NSA's new ACAT review home study course. As an added bonus, early registrants will receive the "Preparatory Package" (a $135 value) at no cost if they register for a 3 or more day package which includes Monday and Tuesday.

The two-day preparatory course is worth 16 CPEs. In addition, those completing and returning the sample examination included in the "Preparatory Package" prior to August 15th can earn an additional 10 CPEs. (CPEs will be awarded to individuals passing the sample exam.)

So for as little as $329 you can receive:

* 3-day convention registration

* Preparatory Package for the ACAT Examination

* Up to 26 CPEs

* The foundation for meeting the industry's "standard of excellence"

The ACAT Review Course is designed to supplement previous study and experience. It is not intended to serve as a singular tool in preparing individuals to take the ACAT exam.

For more information contact NSA at 1-800-966-6679 (ext. 1319)


ACAT Luncheon Meeting

Sunday, August 22

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

This exclusive event is held specifically for ACAT credential holders. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and greet the ACAT staff, members of the Board of Directors and fellow credential holders. The Luncheon provides an opportunity to learn how you can help move ACAT into the next millennium.

(Free for ACAT credential holders; additional tickets may be purchased at $30/each)

For more information contact ACAT at 1-888-289-7763 (ext. 1342)


The ACAT exam will be administered on Wednesday, August 25. The morning session, which covers Financial Accounting, Financial Statement Preparation and Reporting will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. An hour lunch break (on your own) will be followed by the afternoon session. The focus of the second half will be Business Consulting Services, Taxation, Business Law and Ethics. This testing session will run from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The cost of the examination is $25. This represents savings of $50 over the regular testing fee.

Individuals who pass the exam can join the growing number of accounting practitioners who have demonstrated their professional commitment, expertise, and theoretical and practical knowledge. Earning the ABA credential is an easy way to tell your current and prospective clients that you have made a voluntary commitment to excellence through ongoing professional development and adherence to high professional standards.

For more information, contact ACAT at 1-888-289-7763 (ext. 1341).
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Title Annotation:Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation
Author:Washington, Lisa
Publication:The National Public Accountant
Date:Jul 1, 1999
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