As an employer, there are several roles available for CPAs and other employees to help train students in the completion of their practical experience requirements.
When it comes to shaping the next generation of CPAs, this is perhaps the most important role CPAs can take on. This role can only be filled by someone who is a member in good standing with a CPA provincial body.
Pre-Approved Program Leaders
To fill this role, which is specific to the PPR route, you must be a member in good standing with a provincial body. Each pre-approved program is the responsibility of a designated pre-approved program leader. This person is accountable to CPA Ontario for ensuring CPA students follow and complete the approved training program.
Pre-approved program leaders must be sufficiently senior within the organization or unit of the organization to:
- ensure the organization or unit implements and adheres to the CPA practical experience requirements.
- influence the opportunities for CPA students’ competency development.
Pre-Approved Program Manager
The program manager's role, exclusive to the Pre-Approved Program Route (PPR), includes confirming a CPA student/candidate's employment status (including start date, program/location details) and assigning a mentor to the student. Program managers also ensure the students meet with their mentors and complete reporting requirements on a timely basis.
As a supervisor, you will be asked by CPA students in the Experience Verification Route (EVR) who report to you to confirm the duties they have performed to CPA Ontario. You will receive an email every time one of your students requests verification of their experience report through the Practical Experience Reporting Tool (PERT).