Xero: A unique combination of education and employability

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Unlike any other accounting software provider or platform, Xero now offers a mix of education opportunities that benefit budding accountants and bookkeepers, education providers and, ultimately, employers.

Getting ahead with Xero Certification, for FREE

Xero Advisor Certification is the core way for accountants and bookkeepers to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of using Xero in practice. Originally, this was only available to those already working and using Xero – but that’s all changed. Advisor Certification has opened up opportunities for anyone with ambitions to work in this new world of automated accounting.

Taking around six hours to complete, the course consists of a complete pack of self-paced e-learning modules, getting to grips with cloud fundamentals and an introduction to the Xero platform. Completing this certification doesn’t just show a commitment to working in the industry, it saves employers hours in training new joiners on unfamiliar software – it’s good all round.

This is all fantastic for digital skills and employability; with Xero Certification in very high demand we have seen hundreds of students gain employment in both practice and industry since launch.

As 83% of accountants in practice believe understanding technology is now as important to their as understanding accountancy, tech know-how is now a higher priority than ever before.*

Changing the face of education

Earlier this year we unveiled Xero Learn – a brand new way for training providers to introduce cloud accounting to their students and deliver a digital skills agenda. This unprecedented shift creates a more flexible way of teaching and learning as both tutor and student have access to a full, live version of Xero wherever there’s WiFi so, they can use it on any device, almost anywhere, any time – and it’s all backed up in real-time.

Students learn using real life business simulations, and tutors have greater control and creativity than ever before. They’re able to create, and view progress on, in-Xero exercises and manage their students’ access to Xero. So, it’s not just a chance for their students to get a broader education but for tutors to add another string to their bow.

We’re very excited to see the first wave of students successfully passing the ‘Using Accounting Software’ module of their AAT qualification – using just Xero, a groundbreaking achievement.

Everyone’s a winner

No matter where you are on your accountancy and bookkeeping journey – just starting out, sharing your knowledge or growing your practice – you can benefit from these initiatives.

If you’re learning the ropes and making yourself stand out to potential employers, you have the opportunity to shine – demonstrating a thirst for knowledge and an understanding that the world of accountancy is evolving. All you need to do is to visit Xero Advisor Certification and create a Xero login, choosing AAT as the organisation and you are ready to start your learning journey.

If you’re bringing on this new generation of accountants and bookkeepers, Xero can provide all the tools and support you need to successfully train them in cloud accounting, gaining genuine experience, not just hypothetical scenarios. And as an AAT Training Provider you are now not only able to teach AAT UACS using Xero but you are also able to offer Xero Advisor Certification to your students.

A practical understanding of cloud accounting

Zoe Robinson, Director of Learning for Kaplan UK says “Whilst knowledge of accounting concepts will always be important, the Xero Certification course gives our students a practical understanding of the impact cloud accounting technologies has on the profession – and helps them better apply their knowledge to add value to their clients”.

If you are an approved AAT training provider and would like to know more about Xero Learn and about Xero Certifications and Badges, please get in touch.

If you’re bringing new blood into your practice or into your company, you can look out for candidates with accounting software qualifications or Xero Certifications through recognised training providers – you’ll be hiring the cream of the crop.

Where else can you find that combination of qualification, added value and employability?

*Xero research with Censuswide 2016

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