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Global attention: Learn to lead with CPA Australia

/ 09:00 AM November 17, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic doesn’t have to halt your working life. Jzacy Arnoco CPA (Aust.) has found professional momentum with a world-class accounting program. 

Jzacy Arnoco has long been a curious traveller – and a keen learner. Eager to broaden her horizons, Arnoco found a role at a prominent auditing firm in Singapore that she excelled at. 

But despite her best efforts, Arnoco was told by management that she would not be considered for a promotion without the proper qualifications. 

“I was asked if I could achieve a qualification that was recognised in Singapore,” says Arnoco. “My employer said if I could attain the CPA Australia designation, it would boost my chances of getting a promotion.”


Supported by the firm, Arnoco enrolled with CPA Australia and quickly found that what she was learning in her studies translated to success at the workplace. On top of the teachings, Arnoco also took to CPA Australia’s network and online learning hub. 

“On top of the extensive online resources, CPA Australia also issues monthly newsletters and articles that cover a wide range of interesting topics.” 

One of these materials is the popular e-magazine INTHEBLACK, which highlights the evolving landscape of the financial world. Arnoco says it helps her stay up-to-the-minute on the latest accounting trends. 

“There are several articles that are not just accounting-related, but also leadership-oriented,” says Arnoco. The micro-courses and online webinars also opened Arnoco’s eyes to cutting-edge developments in the financial world. 

“For most of the seminars in the Philippines, you need to be physically present for the session,” says Arnoco. “Unfortunately, this is not possible when I am working. At CPA Australia, learning becomes a very flexible and pleasant online experience.”


After university, Arnoco says that it is difficult for a full-time worker to continue to find time for education. Through CPA Australia, Arnoco says she was able to find a way. 

“After you graduate from university, this is a great avenue for people in the Philippines to extend their education,” says Arnoco. 

In uncertain economic times, Arnoco stresses the importance of having the CPA Australia designation. “Right now, industries are very competitive in the Philippines,” Arnoco says. 

“The intense competition can also be felt when you are searching for a job. Having a CPA Australia designation proves to your employers and bosses that you are a highly qualified accountant well-endowed with leadership skills and professional competence.”

She highlights not just an improvement in her accounting skills, but also her managerial skills. In particular, she cites how CPA Australia has helped her to delegate work and oversee her colleagues’ tasks. 

She now has a new job as a Financial Controls and Business Process Officer in the Philippines, which allows her to put the skills she has learnt into action. 

“I was able to call upon my studies to get their co-operation or persuade them to achieve what was needed,” says Arnoco. This was particularly useful when working towards a common goal with her colleagues on a single task.   

“I was able to handle that as a leader,” says Arnoco. 


In a rapidly evolving financial environment, the Professional Regulatory Board of Accountancy (BOA), Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) and CPA Australia are collaborating through a Member Pathway Agreement (MPA) to deliver local and international benefits to their members who aspire to global careers. 

“The CPA designation is yours; it is in your name,” says Arnoco. “It can help you in your career and your future whether you stay with finance or accounting, and give you an advantage. It’s not just for this point in time; it is for your future.” 

The CPA Program provides accountancy professionals with the skills and knowledge employers are turning to during these difficult times. 

Find out how to become a CPA Australia member through their Member Pathway Agreement with PICPA at an online information session. 


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