Practical Experience Requirements

Receive 30-months of relevant, paid practical experience to enhance your studies

The CPA Practical Experience Requirements have been developed around defined competencies that aim to provide CPA candidates with the knowledge and professionalism to be successful in the workplace.

Your 30- months of required practical experience can be taken prior to, during, and up to seven years after your CPA PEP studies. This should be within a seven (7) year rolling window of when you began and ended your CPA PEP studies. Once you've decided to begin tracking your practical experience, you may choose to complete your term via one of the following routes: The Pre-approved Program Route (PPR) and the Experience Verification Route (EVR).

THE PRE-APPROVED PROGRAM ROUTE (PPR):

  • Choose from CPA Atlantic's list of participating organizations and companies in our Pre-approved Program Route, which include public accounting firms, government employers and corporate business.
  • Your employer will assign you a mentor, a program supervisor(s) and support throughout your 30 months of practical experience.
  • Once you've registered with CPA Atlantic, you will gain access to Practical Experience Reporting Tool (PERT). You will be required to regularly submit reports and self-assessment throughout you practical experience term.
  • Receive a mandatory CPA PEP Admission Check 18 months into your practical experience term and receive a final assessment at 30 months just prior to completing the program and receiving your CPA designation.

THE EXPERIENCE VERIFICATION ROUTE (EVR)

  • Choose any relevant employment position that provides experience in at least one competency area at Level 1.
  • Have your position assessed and approved by CPA Atlantic School of Business.
  • Find a mentor of your choosing. They may be anyone who is a CPA in good standing within Canada and Bermuda. Note you must have a mentor before beginning to track your practical experience term.
  • With the consent of your employer and the appropriate supervision, you may begin tracking your practical experience.
  • Participate in mandatory assessments 12-months and 30-months into your term to determine your progress. Should your chosen employment be deemed "high-risk" you may also be asked to participate in an assessment 3-months into your practical experience term. You will also receive an Admission check at 18-months to ensure you have registered for CPA PEP.

CPA MENTORSHIP

  • CPA students/candidates who work in a CPA pre-approved program will be matched with a CPA mentor by the organization that offers the program.
  • CPA students/candidates who choose the experience verification route are required to seek out their own CPA mentor in order to find a successful fit.
    CPA Atlantic will provide information and resources on how a CPA student/candidate can find a CPA mentor.

For more information of Practical Experience Requirements, please contact Lorraine Prenevost, Manager, Practical Experience, CPA Atlantic.