Around a month ago a number of Grant Thornton employees were feeling rather nervous. ATT (Association of Taxation Technicians) and CTA (Chartered Tax Advisor) exam results from the November sitting are released in mid-January each year. These results had been a long time coming. Personally my first course for ATT had been in February last year with exams in November. Even worse, on results day they make you wait until 9pm to find out if you’ve passed!
For the Spilling the Beans team (and, in fact, the majority of Grant Thornton employees) the news was good. Nick and I successfully passed ATT with Chris completing his CTA (no mean feat, the CTA is renowned for being one of the most challenging professional qualifications!)
Only a month earlier we’d had more success in the team with Astrid and Rachel passing their final ACA exams making them fully chartered accountants.
Which brings me to last night where a couple of tax partners took me and a number of other successful ATT/CTA students out for dinner to celebrate our hard work. Chinese was on the menu and plenty of duck pancakes were consumed – probably too many in my case, I was still full at breakfast this morning!
It’s really nice to get some recognition for the hours of study you put in for these professional exams. On that note, I’d like to say congratulations to Nick, Chris, Rachel and Astrid!
Chris, Astrid and Rachel are now fully qualified but the rest of the team will be putting in a few more hours with the books this year – Nick and I are going on to take our CTA and Will and Victor will be taking more exams for their CIPFA and ACA qualifications.
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