Practical Experience

CPA Practical Experience Requirements

On the path to the designation, CPA candidates must complete a 30-month term of relevant practical experience known as the Practical Experience Requirements (PER).

Applying skills in the real world provides CPA candidates numerous opportunities to use their education in a hands-on way, developing the professional competencies defined by the CPA certification program.

Your practical experience will:

  • Build on the foundation of skills and knowledge gained in the CPA Professional Education Program in actual workplace settings.
  • Facilitate the development of the profession’s values, ethics and attitudes as you develop your professional identity.
  • Enhance your thinking and decision-making in different situations.

Not only will your practical experience be supervised, but it must be recorded at regular intervals and assessed by the CPA profession. In addition, you will have a CPA mentor that provides support and ensures you are reaching different milestones along your journey to
the designation.

Obtaining Practical Experience

You can complete the PER through one of the following routes, or in a combination of the two below:

  1. Pre-Approved Program Route: This route is a training position offered by employers that have been pre-approved by the profession. These roles are crafted in order for you to fulfill the PER within 30 months in the workplace. View a listing of offices that have been pre-approved in Manitoba.
  2. Experience Verification Route: This route provides flexibility in your role but requires more reporting and can be completed through an employer of choice – provided that the role allows you to demonstrate competencies and gain the relevant experience required.