Practical Experience

Put your formal learning to work

Practical experience is where you take your academic knowledge to the next level. CPA students apply and develop professional skills through hands-on work experiences in a real-world setting.

Practical experience (PE) is a mandatory component of the CPA certification program. As a student, you must complete a minimum 30 months of PE while documenting and reporting your development using the Practical Experience Reporting Tool (PERT).

Explore PE resources available to you

Young man wearing navy blue formal suit sitting in front of white backgroundUnderstand Your PE
Through an animated video series, you will learn about the different paths to obtaining your PE and how to document your journey.
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Learn more about technical and enabling competencies.

Plan your own path using our interactive competency tool.
One man explaining to the other while showing a tabletMentorship

Read about mentorship requirements, steps in the program and other helpful tips for students.

Your mentor will share their experience and expertise to help you become a successful CPA.
Colored notebooks stacked in a circle, spines opposite each otherPE Resource Centre
Find important guides, forms and videos for students’ CPA Ontario Practical Experience Requirements, competencies, reporting and mentorship.

Employers supporting CPA Ontario students

Support a CPA Ontario student in your organization and gain the best and brightest talent. Learn about how employers can develop future leaders in their organizations and give back to the profession.

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CPA Mentorship

Interested in becoming a mentor to CPA Ontario students? Already a mentor and looking for resources?

Visit our mentorship page