CPA Practical Experience Requirements (CPA PER)

To earn the CPA designation, you must complete the Practical Experience Requirements (PER) in addition to the education requirements. There are two routes for gaining your practical experience:

  1. Pre-Approved Program Route: Experience is gained in a pre-approved training program.
  2. Experience Verification Route: Experience is gained at an employer of choice.

Regardless of the route you choose, you are required to complete a minimum of 30 months of relevant practical experience and develop both technical and enabling competencies as per the CPA Competency Map. At least twice a year, you are required to submit experience reports and document a completed meeting with a CPA Mentor to record your progress.

If you are unsure whether your past experience, current role, or an upcoming opportunity is relevant for the CPA Practical Experience Requirements, you can use the Practical Experience Self-Assessment Tool.

Individuals who are enrolled in the CPA PEP (Candidates) are eligible to report practical experience in the Practical Experience Reporting Tool (PERT). Once candidates are actively reporting in the PERT, up to 12 months of Prior experience may be recognized towards the PER.



For all inquiries about the CPA PER and reporting experience in the PERT, please contact us via email or by phone at 306-359-0272.


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