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Practical Experience Certificate 1
PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE CERTIFICATE FOR
INTERNATIONALLY TRAINED CANDIDATES
Please read the following information prior to completing the experience certification form as an applicant applying for admission to membership
in the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia. The information provided on the practical experience certificate will be used to
determine whether you have fulfilled the prescribed practical experience requirements for admission to membership in CPABC and for the
granting of the Chartered Professional Accountant designation in the province of British Columbia.
Qualifying Practical Experience
To become a Chartered Professional Accountant, an applicant must demonstrate:
• Pervasive qualities and skills , comprising Ethical Behaviour and Professionalism, Personal Attributes and Professional Skills; and
• Specific competencies, identified within each of the six competency areas:
• Performance Measurement and • Governance, Strategy and Risk • Management Decision-Making
• Assurance • Taxation • Finance
Qualifying practical experience is defined in terms of both the duration of the practical experience term (i.e. the minimum term of practical
experience) and the depth and breadth of competency development during that term. The minimum term of practical experience in Canada is
three years, including graduate-level professional education in Quebec. Qualifying practical experience must meet the following minimum
requirements for depth and breadth of competency development:
• Depth of experience — the opportunity to gain sufficient direct working experience in ALL of the specific competencies of ANY ONE of
the six specific areas of competence (referred to as the area of depth). For the majority of the competencies, the candidate is expected to
demonstrate Level 2 proficiency. In addition, all candidates are expected to demonstrate an awareness of emerging topics in their area of
depth, either independently or as part of a team, with little direction or supervision.
• Breadth of experience — the opportunity to gain sufficient direct working experience in at least half of the competencies in TWO
additional areas of Specific Competency (referred to as areas of breadth) and demonstrate the ability to work at Level 2 proficiency in at
least half of those. If the candidate’s area of depth is not Performance Measurement and Reporting or Assurance, then one of the two
areas of breadth must be Performance Measurement and Reporting and must provide the opportunity to gain sufficient direct working
experience in the three competencies below and demonstrate the ability to work at Level 2 proficiency in all three:
• Evaluates the impact of alternative and/or new accounting standards/policies
• Reviews, proposes or accounts for the entity’s transactions, including complex transactions
• Prepares and/or reviews financial statements and accompanying notes
Levels of proficiency for qualifying practical experience are identified at two levels. It would not generally be expected that a candidate
would obtain level 2 proficiency in all competency areas — a variety of proficiency is normal.
Level 1 (works under supervision): The applicant has the basic knowledge and skill required to complete the task assigned but does
not complete the task without supervision or assume responsibility for its execution. The applicant requires supervision and direction
in completing the tasks as he/she begins applying their education to practice.
Level 2 (works independently): The applicant can apply the underlying knowledge and skill in a practical setting and is able to
complete tasks independently or as part of a team with minimal direction or supervision. The applicant assumes responsibility for
execution of the task and performs all work with diligence and due care. The applicant treats each situation as an opportunity to
further develop their professional judgment and/or expand their knowledge base.
Examples of evidence of proficiency in CA competencies
The following charts list the key work place competencies in each of the six competency areas, and provide examples of the kind of
evidence that would be indicative of proficiency in that area.