National Institute of Accountants
Mentored Experience Program
Information and Application Form
The Mentored Experience Program
develops business skills through
HOW DOES THE MEP WORK?
The mentor and mentee will discuss the nature of the
mentee’s workplace and the type of experience likely
to be available to the mentee and the competency
standards developed by the NIA.
If possible, the mentee will seek the cooperation
of their employer to ensure the best possible
professional experience outcomes.
The mentor and mentee negotiate and agree on a
development program based on the likely experience
available during the forthcoming year. The mentor
and mentee meet on a regular basis to discuss and
resolve issues and to update
experience records. Contact
MEP can be a combination of face
to face, telephone or email. It is
required there are a minimum
of six contacts per year with the first and last
to be face to face where possible.
The NIA recognises it may be necessary to change
mentors over the three-year period of the program.
Personal circumstances of the mentor and/or
mentee may change. However, it is expected
that the outgoing mentor will certify the relevant
documentation and provide adequate notes for the
program to continue as seamlessly as possible.
The Professional Education Program
The Professional Education Program (PEP) Upon completion of the four (4) subject Graduate
represents the National Institute of Accountant’s Certificate, students may then undertake the
ongoing commitment to assisting you to develop remaining four (4) subjects to complete the
your full career potential. Masters Degree. To enrol in the NIA PEP you need
to be at least an Associate of the NIA.
The NIA’s Professional Education Program run
by the University of New England (UNE) consists The postgraduate program is offered on campus
of two components: the Graduate Certificate or via distance education. The program can be
in Professional Accounting and the Master of completed as a one year full-time course or as a
Commerce in Professional Accounting. The NIA’s part-time course over a period of up to five years.
PEP consists of eight (8) subjects.
THE MENTORED EXPERIENCE PROGRAM
As commercial and corporate environments become The NIA’s Mentored Experience Program provides
increasingly complex, accountants today must a framework for Associates and Members to
possess a myriad of skills to drive business success further their practical experience and knowledge
– strategic insight, flawless service and a focused, through the guidance of an NIA-approved mentor.
up-to-date approach. With more industry sectors
relying on sound financial and accounting skills, During a three year relationship between
accountants have progressively secured strategic a member (mentee) and mentor, the
roles within organisations. mentee will progress through a work-based
program specially developed between both parties.
These roles place greater demands on accountants Throughout the program, the mentor assists the
to enhance their skills. Part of this is an expectation mentee with advice and guidance based on their
of accountants to have a portfolio of skills gained knowledge and experience.
experience as well as The MEP is very rewarding for both the mentor and
formal education. mentee. Mentees benefit through being educated
by an experienced member of the accounting
To encourage members profession, thereby gaining invaluable knowledge
to excel in their chosen career and meet these new and experience. Mentors have the opportunity to
challenges, the NIA has developed an education share their knowledge and experience with less
pathway which includes the Professional Education experienced members of the profession;
Program (PEP) run by the NIA in conjunction with a process that can be personally rewarding.
the University of New England and the Mentored
Experience Program (MEP). Both the MEP and the The aim of the program is for the mentee
PEP are the prerequisites for Associates (ANIA) to develop experience and business
and Members (MNIA) to advance to Professional skills that cannot be gained in a formal
National Accountant (PNA) – the NIA’s highest level classroom environment.
Through the duration of the MEP, mentees, under
the guidance of their mentor are required to
record the acquisition of experience against a series
With strategic insight and a focused, progressive spirit,
the National Institute of Accountants (NIA) epitomises
the shared, comprehensive vision for the future of the
APPOINTING A MENTOR WHY BECOME A MENTOR?
Throughout the program, the mentor guides the Mentors can experience many benefits from
mentee based on their knowledge and experience. participating in the MEP. As current leaders in their
To ensure the mentee gains the most from the field, mentors have the opportunity to personally
program, the mentor also evaluates and verifies influence the quality of experience, education and
the documentation of accumulated experience. training of the future leaders of the NIA.
An NIA member wanting to participate in the Participating in the MEP can develop
MEP is advised to seek a mentor who is a senior the communications, teamwork, leadership and
accountant in their workplace. A mentor can consultation skills of the mentor
also be sought from outside the workplace whilst also strengthening the
provided they have the appropriate experience, mentor’s position within the NIA.
independence and time to devote to the
mentoring process. Mentors will experience exciting
and interesting tasks as part of the MEP which are
not only challenging, but personally rewarding.
An NIA-approved mentor must:
> Be of PNA status (or equivalent status of
another recognised professional accounting
body approved by the NIA) Members who participate in the program
> Have held a senior accounting position will also benefit from having mentoring
> Have a minimum of 3 years practical experience hours counted as Continuing Professional
in general accounting or specialised fields of Education time.
practice (eg. Taxation, Auditing, Insolvency,
External Reporting, Management Accounting
> Have the ability to counsel, advise, assist,
evaluate and where appropriate provide Confidentiality
technical support to the member It is very important that both the mentor and
> Have a sound understanding of the NIA mentee maintain confidentiality and in particular
membership requirements and ethical, respect the rights and privacy of the employer.
professional statements Both parties are required to commit themselves to
the Statement of Privacy which is included with
the MEP information pack. The mentee is expected
to take all reasonable steps to communicate the
nature of the program to the employer and to
confirm the confidentiality aspects of the process
to allay any concerns expressed by the employer.
The NIA actively promotes recognition of
its members, their specialised skills and the
accounting profession in general.
The NIA’s Mentored Experience Program provides a framework for
Associates and Members to further their practical experience and
knowledge through the guidance of an NIA-approved mentor.
Both the mentee and mentor will be provided with a comprehensive kit of materials to support
the MEP. The program materials have been based on the Accounting Competency Standards
developed by the Australian National Training Authority.
A set of detailed assessment tools and guidelines To register for the MEP, complete the attached
have been developed by the NIA to assist the mentor Application Form. For further information on the
and mentee to identify elements of competency, MEP please refer to the NIA website:
performance criteria and range of evidence. www.nia.org.au/mentorprogram
The program materials provide a comprehensive
structured approach to the identification of
competencies achieved within the three-year period.
Mentored Experience Program
Please complete the Application Form and return to:
Mentored Experience Program Co-ordinator
National Institute of Accountants
GPO Box 1637
Melbourne VIC 3001
Fax +61 (0) 3 8665 3130
PRIVACY The National Institute of Accountants (NIA) acknowledges the importance of privacy and of safeguarding personal information. Any personal details provided to the NIA will be
protected in line with the Privacy Act (such as applying the National Privacy Principles) and the laws and regulations applying to privacy in Australia. The NIA is required as part of the MEP to
collect personal information from you. You may refuse to provide such information, however this is likely to result in your non compliance with the program. The information may be used by
the NIA for internal purposes, such as for statistical research. As a professional association the NIA is obligated to provide information from time to time to various statutory and Government
bodies. The provision of such information is on a strictly confidential basis. The Privacy Act requires that where a company holds personal information about an individual, that individual has
the right to access that information, require it to be changed updated or corrected, and request certain information be removed or destroyed. Requests to access personal information must be
TERMS AND CONDITIONS The National Institute of Accountants (NIA) provides the Mentor Experience Program (MEP) to those Associates and Members (or other persons accepted by the NIA
into the MEP) who desire to advance to the PNA level of membership.
A condition of advancement to the PNA level is the completion of the NIA Professional Education Program (PEP) and at least three years of supervised (i.e. mentored) practical experience in
accounting and related fields. The MEP program is designed to fulfil the mentored experience requirement.
The NIA Mentors must be of the status of PNA, FPNA, MNIA and FNIA to volunteer as Mentors for the MEP (“Mentors”). It is the responsibility of the NIA Associates and Member to source their
own Mentor. Mentors are normally members of the NIA but can also be members of other accounting bodies approved by the NIA.
Mentors are required to be professional accountants with senior professional accounts with the ability to advise, provide guidance and evaluate the experience gained by the Mentee.
NIA’s MEP is provided by the NIA in the interest of helping associate members to advance to the PNA level. The NIA though accepts no responsibility or liability:
• In relation to the Mentors: As to the character/suitability of the Mentor, and their qualifications, experience or capacity to be a Mentor. The NIA will rely entirely on the Mentor providing
a Statement setting out their suitability for the role as Mentor. Mentee’s must determine the suitability of the Mentor themselves. The NIA does not and can not guarantee the existence,
currency or adequacy of professional indemnity insurance or any other insurance held by a Mentor;
• In relation the Associate Member/Mentee’s: As to the character/suitability of the Associate Member/Mentee, and their qualifications, experience or capacity to be a Mentee.
The NIA will rely entirely on the Mentee providing a Statement setting out their suitability for the role. Mentor’s must determine the suitability of the Mentee themselves;
• In relation to the training/mentoring provided: The NIA accepts no responsibility or liability in relation to the quality and/or accuracy of the advice provided, the level of training or the
type of experience to be gained. The NIA does not accept responsibility for any form of negligence, recklessness, breach of duty of care or other misconduct or wrong on the part of any
of the participants in the MEP;
• Reliance on information provided by or to the NIA: The NIA accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of information or advice provided by, to or on behalf of the Mentors or Mentees or
any other party, or any reliance placed in such information or advice. Participants in the MEP (including Mentors and Mentees) do so at their own risk, without anydirect involvement,
supervision or support of the NIA; and/or
• In relation to any loss or damages: The NIA does not accept responsibility or liability for any form of loss, damages or other liability whatsoever incurred by any associate member/
Mentee or any Mentor during or as a result (directly or indirectly) of or in any way connected with the matching of a Mentee and a Mentor as part of the MEP, irrespective of whether
that loss, damages or other liability arose as a result of any negligence or default on the part of the NIA.
MENTORED EXPERIENCE PROGRAM APPLICATION
Section 1: Personal Details (Mentee)
Complete and submit this form to register for the Mentored Experience Program.
Title: Mr / Mrs / Ms / Miss (please indicate) NIA member ID
Last name First name(s)
Name of employer
Telephone number ( ) Email address
I hereby declare that I wish to register for the Mentored Experience Program and that I understand and accept the privacy
statement and general terms and conditions overleaf.
Section 2: Mentor Details
This section should be completed by your Mentor
Title: Mr / Mrs / Ms / Miss (please indicate)
Last name First name(s)
Name of employer Job title
Telephone number ( ) Email address
Employer’s business address
Preferred address for MEP correspondence Business Private
Are you a member of the NIA?
Yes NIA Member Number
No (Please indicate which relevant professional body you are a full member)
Relevant professional body of which you are a full voting member (please tick)
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK)
Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK)
Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (UK)
Conseil Supier de L’Orde des Experts Compatables
Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Institute of Commercial & Financial Accountants of Southern Africa
Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Ireland
Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore
Malaysian Institute of Accountants
Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia
Other (subject to NIA approval – please provide detail)
Member number of the equivalent member body you belong to
I hereby declare that I agree to act as a Mentor for the applicant under the conditions of the NIA’s Mentored Experience
Program. I have also read the Privacy Statement and General Terms and Conditions overleaf.
NIA offices are located in the
following Australian capital cities:
Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane,
Adelaide, Hobart, Perth & Canberra.
The NIA also has secretariats in Beijing,
Kuala Lumpur & Hong Kong.
1800 625 625
for your nearest Divisional Office
Level 6, 555 Lonsdale St
Melbourne Victoria 3000, Australia
GPO Box 1637
Melbourne Victoria 3001, Australia
Tel: + 61 (0) 3 8665 3100
Fax: + 61 (0) 3 8665 3130
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