As an employer, you will have certain responsibilities to assist future CPAs you employ to achieve their practical experience requirements for CPA certification. The following documents will provide you with valuable information about the CPA practical experience requirements and the role of employers.

Overview of the CPA practical experience competency requirements

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CPA Practical Experience Overview for Employers

This overview outlines the CPA practical experience requirements.

Pre-Approved Program, Does it Work for my Company?

This overview outlines the two different practical experience routes – pre-approved programs (formerly called Approved Training Offices) and experience verification, from an employers’ perspective. It highlights considerations for offering pre-approved programs.

CPA Practical Experience Competency Requirements

Since competencies gained through practical experience are different from those developed through education, this important document explains the types of experience and skills future CPAs will be expected to acquire during their training period.

CPA Public Accounting Chargeable Hours Submission Form

This form is only to be completed by CPA candidates who are reporting CPA practical experience through the online Practical Experience Reporting Tool (PERT), are employed with a registered public accounting firm and need to report chargeable hours for the purpose of seeking a right to practice professional accounting.

Chargeable Hours Fact Sheet - English

Chargeable Hours Fact Sheet - French

Request for Addition/Change in Pre-approved Program Route Leader or Program Manager

This form is to be used to add or make a change in your organization’s Pre-approved Program Route Leader (PPRL) or Program Manager.

PERT User Guides for Candidates and Employers

PERT User Guides are available to assist you in creating your experience reports within PERT. The guides will enhance your user experience and help you become more effective and efficient when capturing your practical experience.
  1. PERT User Guide CPA Candidates Working in the Experience Verification Route (EVR)
  2. PERT User Guide CPA Candidates Working in the Pre-approved Program Route (PPR)
  3. Quick Reference Guide for PERT Tasks
  4. PERT User Guide for Pre-approved Program Leader
  5. PERT User Guide for Pre-approved Program Manager
  6. PERT User Guide for Mentors

CPA Mentorship

As a member in good standing, provide guidance to aspiring CPAs to help them achieve the required competencies with a focus on developing the enabling competencies – the essential skills for ethical behaviour, decision-making, problem-solving, communication and leadership.

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