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Practical Experience Requirements
Complete your practical experience
The Importance of Practical Experience
In addition to the completion of the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP), including the Common Final Examination (CFE), the CPA certification program requires students to complete Practical Experience, which is intended to complement the knowledge gained through education and apply those competencies in a practical setting.
Five Key Requirements Will Help You on the Path to a CPA Designation
CPA Practical Experience Requirements (CPA PER) include:
- A minimum term of 30 months of relevant and progressive experience (up to 12 months can be claimed as prior experience, and up to 18 months of qualifying experience may be accumulated before beginning CPA PEP)
- Demonstrated proficiency in Technical and Enabling Competencies
- Appropriate supervision by a CPA Ontario Mentor
- Detailed experience reports are logged at key milestones over the course of the practical experience period using PERT:
At least twice per 12 months of current work experience and discussed with your mentor, and also
a) when changing jobs or pathways;
b) after 12 months of work experience (only if in EVR)
c) at completion of all practical experience requirements.
Note: reports in a), b) and c) must be submitted to CPA Ontario for approval
5. Semi-annual meetings with a CPA-approved mentor and document in PERT
Finding it Difficult to Keep All of Your Acronyms Straight?
View the handy glossary of terms commonly used in the interpretation of CPA Practical Experience Requirements (CPA PER).Glossary