• CPA Atlantic School of Business

Your final steps to becoming a CPA

On behalf of the CPA Atlantic School of Business, we want to congratulate all those who passed the September 2021 Common Final Examination (CFE). This is a huge milestone in your career, one that should be celebrated. You should be very proud of yourself, all your hard work and perseverance, especially during these challenging times, have paid off.

Your final step in obtaining your CPA designation, is completing the Practical Experience portion of the CPA program. To help you verify your PERT requirements for reporting, we have put together a list of items for you to review prior to submitting a final assessment for completion.

1. All candidates are required to achieve the following to complete the practical experience requirements:

  • Minimum 30 months duration

  • Core, depth and breadth

  • One question, per enabling competency, achieved at a level two (all parts must be answered) For further guidance, please review Guiding Questions for Enabling Competency Responses.

2. All experience reports should have a minimum of at least:

  • Three or more reporting periods of 6-12 months increments in appropriate sequence (no overlapping)

  • Candidates should review both their PERT home page and consolidated summary to confirm duration and competency components have been achieved.

  • As an EVR candidate, please ensure:

  1. Responses are clear and robust

  2. Duties and tasks align correctly with the appropriate technical competency

  3. Reports clearly show progression

  4. Appropriate leave recorded for each reporting period, if applicable

  5. Please review the CPA Technical Competency Guide if you have any questions.

  • As a PPR candidate, please ensure:

  1. Responses should correspond correctly with your target proficiency

  2. Reports clearly show progression

  3. Appropriate leave recorded for each reporting period, if applicable

  4. Audit and Assurance candidates only – ensure to complete your Chargeable Summary of Hours and have it signed by your Program Leader before attaching it to your final report

3. All candidates should confirm the appropriate amount of mentor meetings according to the practical experience requirements, have been documented

  • Three or more mentor meetings documented in PERT - Each six-month report should have a corresponding mentor meeting

Detailed instructions on the reporting process, completing your reports accordingly and submitting a CPA Completion Review can be found in “The PERT Guide for Future CPAs”.

If you have already submitted a request for a completion assessment or have already met your Practical Experience Requirements, then no further action is needed

If you have any questions regarding practical experience or you would like to schedule a one on one meeting, please contact our Practical Experience Team at practicalexperience@cpaatlantic.ca. To schedule a one on one meeting, click here.

We wish you all the best in your careers and future endeavours.

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