Applying for MIA Membership FAQs
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Applying for MIA Membership FAQs
What does the MIA represent?

The Malta Institute of Accountants (MIA) is the voice of the accountancy profession in Malta providing professional guidance, technical support and continuing professional education to over 2,700 accountants.

It is committed to attracting talented individuals to the profession and invests heavily in the process of educating prospective accountants. The Institute also helps to promote a proper understanding of the role and the value of the accountancy profession to the wider Maltese public in general and, in particular, to the local business community.

The MIA forms part of leading international accounting organisations and brings the voice of the Maltese accountant to bear in these prestigious fora. It ensures that professional standards and ethics applied locally meet the requirements of international regulatory bodies and works to uphold the reputation of the profession both locally and overseas.

MIA membership is thus the obvious choice for accountants who want to be part of a united profession whose primary aim is to serve the public interest. Membership with the Institute not only ensures that one is kept abreast of recent developments but also gives a member access to educational and technical resources aimed to assist in the conduct of his or her profession.


How can I become a member of the Institute?

The Malta Institute of Accountants (“MIA”) has three tiers of membership, namely:

Associate: synonymous to ‘entry level’ membership. An individual can apply to become an Associate of the Institute only if he or she is fully qualified, and is thus in possession of a relevant Professional Accountancy Qualification, but has not yet obtained the necessary practical experience. An Associate may use after his name the initials A.I.A. or AIA (representing the words “Associate of the Malta Institute of Accountants”).

Member: an individual can apply to become a Member of the Institute only if he or she is fully qualified (hence in possession of a relevant Professional Accountancy Qualification), and has obtained the necessary practical experience. A Member may use after his name the initials M.I.A. or MIA (representing the words “Member of the Malta Institute of Accountants”).

Fellow: an individual who has been a Member of the Institute for five years is automatically upgraded to Fellow. A Fellow may use after his name the initials F.I.A. or FIA (representing the words “Fellow of the Malta Institute of Accountants”).


What do these designations imply?

These designations are an indication of a member’s seniority and experience in the practice of the accountancy profession. All members, irrespective of the tier they are in at any point in time, have equal voting rights and the same access to the Institute’s resources.


In what tier should I apply to join the Institute?

One can apply to join the Institute as an Associate or a Member, depending on whether an applicant has obtained the necessary practical experience. One can also apply to be upgraded from Associate to Member once he or she has obtained the necessary practical experience.

The Institute has devised three different application forms, each to be used in the relevant circumstances. Applicants should ensure that they are completing the appropriate application form, and submit the relevant documentation and fees, as instructed hereunder.

With effect from 16 July 2009, prospective members applying for MIA membership are to follow the instructions hereunder as set out in the applications forms appended below.


In what circumstances should I apply to become an Associate of the Institute?

An applicant should fill in an AIA Application Form when he or she is in possession of a Professional Accountancy Qualification, yet lacks the necessary practical experience to join as a Member of the Institute.

The form requires basic personal details as well as details of qualifications held and the sector of work activity an applicant is engaged in. An applicant can either submit a proof of his or her qualification (with originals presented for verification) or give consent to the MIA to seek such proof from ACCA or the University of Malta if the respective qualification was obtained from the latter institutions. In all other cases a detailed transcript and other proof/s of qualification must be submitted (or a certified translation to English where applicable) together with originals for verification purposes.

The applicant is required to identify a referee, who must be a Member or Fellow of the Institute, who can support his or her application for membership.

The applicant must be a person of good standing and holds a clean Police Conduct Certificate which the MIA can request a copy of on a random sample basis.


What is recognised as a relevant Professional Accountancy Qualification?

A Professional Accountancy Qualification will be considered relevant for admittance to membership of the Institute if it is one of the following:
(a) The MIA qualification awarded to students who graduate from the Malta Institute of Accountants’ examination scheme; and
(b) The Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) degree conferred by the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy of the University of Malta.

Applicants who are in possession of a Professional Accountancy Qualification other than those in (a) and (b) above can nonetheless apply for membership of the Institute on the basis of their Professional Accountancy Qualification. Their qualification will be considered by the MIA Education Committee which may, amongst others, require the applicant to sit for additional examinations, for example in local laws and taxation, prior to admittance as member of the Institute. The Education Committee considers such applications on a case-by-case basis and makes the appropriate recommendations to Council.


In what circumstances should I apply to become a Member of the Institute?

An applicant should fill in an MIA Application Form when he or she is in possession of a Professional Accountancy Qualification AND has obtained the necessary Practical Experience to join as Member of the Institute.

The form requires the following information to be provided by the applicant:
(a) basic personal details;
(b) details of qualifications held;
(c) the sector of work activity he or she is engaged in;
(d) details of warrant and practising certificate held, as and where applicable;
(e) employment history, with a brief description of the relevant duties; and
(f) practical experience and mentor’s or mentors’ confirmation thereof.

In relation to (f) above an applicant should note that, for him or her to be eligible for Member status, both of the following conditions must be satisfied:
1. An applicant must demonstrate that he or she has obtained acceptable, supervised, practical experience for a period of at least three years, of which at least one year’s experience must have been gained after the applicant has obtained the Professional Accountancy Qualification (hereinafter referred to as ‘the relevant experience’).
2. An applicant must demonstrate that he or she has obtained the relevant experience in at least 16 Elements of Competence made up as follows:
(a) All 4 Mandatory Management Elements of Competence (marked with the letter ‘M’) in Key Area 9 Manage People; and
(b) At least 12 Technical Elements of Competence in Key Areas 1 – 8 including a minimum of 6 Key Technical Elements of competence (marked with the letter ‘K’) taken from at least two Key Areas.

In filling in the details referred to in (f) above, an applicant should refer to detailed Guidance Notes on Practical Experience Requirements for Prospective Members published under separate cover and downloadable through the MIA website or from the Institute’s Secretariat upon request.

The application form needs to be signed by a mentor or mentors who can confirm the practical experience being claimed by the applicant, including confirmation that the aforementioned conditions have been satisfied.

An applicant can either submit a proof of his or her qualification (with originals presented for verification) or give consent to the MIA to seek such proof from ACCA or the University of Malta if the respective qualification was obtained from the latter institutions. In all other cases a detailed transcript and other proof/s of qualification must be submitted (or a certified translation to English where applicable) together with originals for verification purposes.

The applicant is required to identify a referee, who must be a Member or Fellow of the Institute, who can support his or her application for membership.

The applicant must be a person of good standing and holds a clean Police Conduct Certificate which the MIA can request a copy of on a random sample basis.


When can I apply for an Upgrade from an Associate to Member of the Institute?

An applicant can fill in the Upgrade to MIA Application Form when he or she has been previously admitted as an Associate of the Institute and, as a result of him or her having obtained the necessary Practical Experience, wants to upgrade his status and become Member of the Institute.

The form requires the following information to be provided by applicants:
(a) basic personal details (with the possibility of updating any outdated information previously submitted to the Institute through the Appendix in the application form);
(b) details of warrant and practising certificate held, as and where applicable;
(c) employment history, with a brief description of the relevant duties; and
(d) practical experience and mentor’s or mentors’ confirmation thereof.

In relation to (d) above an applicant should note that, for him or her to be eligible for Member status, both of the following conditions must be satisfied:
1. An applicant must demonstrate that he or she has obtained acceptable, supervised, practical experience for a period of at least three years, of which at least one year’s experience must have been gained after the applicant has obtained the Professional Accountancy Qualification (hereinafter referred to as ‘the relevant experience’).
2. An applicant must demonstrate that he or she has obtained the relevant experience in at least 16 Elements of Competence made up as follows:
(a) All 4 Mandatory Management Elements of Competence (marked with the letter ‘M’) in Key Area 9 Manage People; and
(b) At least 12 Technical Elements of Competence in Key Areas 1 – 8 including a minimum of 6 Key Technical Elements of competence (marked with the letter ‘K’) taken from at least two Key Areas.

In filling in the details referred to in (d) above, an applicant should refer to detailed Guidance Notes on Practical Experience Requirements for Prospective Members published under separate cover and downloadable through the MIA website or from the Institute’s Secretariat upon request.

The application form needs to be signed by a mentor or mentors who can confirm the practical experience being claimed by the applicant, including confirmation that the aforementioned conditions have been satisfied.

The applicant must be a person of good standing and holds a clean Police Conduct Certificate which the MIA can request a copy of on a random sample basis.


When can I apply for an Upgrade from a Member to a Fellow of the Institute?

Promotion to Fellow of the Institute is automatic after one has been a Member of the Institute for five years. The period in which a member has been an Associate of the Institute does not count towards these five years.


What fees am I to pay upon application?

If you are applying to join the Institute between 1 January and 30 June of a given year, you need to pay the Initial Registration of €58 and the first Annual registration fee of €165 upon submission of the application form. Both fees are non-refundable.

If you are applying to join the Institute between 1 July and 31 December of a given year, you need to pay the Initial Registration of €58 and the pro-rated first Annual registration fee of €82.50 upon submission of the application form. Both fees are non-refundable.


Where should I file my completed application form?

The relevant application form, duly completed and accompanied by all the relevant documentation and references, should be returned to Level 1, Tower Business Centre, Tower Road, Swatar.

When returning your application form to the Institute, remember to bring with you a valid identification document.


Where can I call for assistance in filling my application form?

For any queries call the MIA Secretariat on +356 2258 1900. The Institute’s opening hours are as follows:

Winter (October – June)
Monday to Friday: 08.00 - 17.00 

Summer (July – September)
Monday to Friday: 08.00 - 14.45 

Times are subject to change without prior notice.
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