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General FAQs

1) What is competency-based education?
2) How long will it take me to complete the CASB program and receive my CA designation?
3) What is the practical experience component of the program?
4) How much time will I spend on the modules?
5) How many times can I attempt a module?
6) Will achieving my CA designation with CASB affect my national mobility in the accounting field once I obtain my CA designation?
7) Does CASB have a student job placement service?

1) What is competency-based education?
A competency-based approach to education specifies expectations in terms of learning outcomes, or what a student can do or accomplish rather than in terms of knowledge acquired. It focuses on the application of knowledge in the workplace not simply on the knowledge alone.

Student success in the CASB program is not based on memorizing material and information, but on successfully completing the module tasks while building on competencies.

This approach emphasizes the relationship between the CASB program and the practical experience requirement in two ways: the application of certain non-technical (pervasive) qualities in the course of applying technical expertise and integration of the various areas of technical expertise.

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2) How long will it take me to complete the CASB program and receive my CA designation?
Once you have registered in the CASB program, you can estimate that it will take three years to complete the professional experience in a CA Training Office, the six CASB modules, and the national Uniform Evaluation.

After completing the required education, experience, and evaluation, you can apply to the appropriate provincial institute to formally be granted your CA designation.

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3) What is the practical experience component of the program?
The practical experience requirement of the program is 30 months fulfilled at an approved CA Training Office. Students can choose to focus on specific competency areas.

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4) How much time will I spend on the modules?
Most students spend an average of between 10 and 15 hours each week completing their tasks.

It is important for students to develop time management skills in order to complete the requirements of each module efficiently and successfully. Beginning tasks well in advance of deadlines leaves ample time for revisions and resubmissions. This practice also allows sufficient time for research necessary for a task or topic.

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5) How many times can I attempt a module?
Students are allowed three attempts to achieve competency in any module before being de-registered from the program.

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6) How will earning my CA designation with CASB affect my national mobility in the accounting field once I obtain my CA designation?
Achieving your accountancy education with CASB will not affect your national mobility in the accounting profession. Once you have successfully completed the six CASB modules, you are eligible to write the UFE, which is a national evaluation based on the CICA competency map. The criteria for practical experience training are also developed nationally. This consistency will afford you continued mobility throughout Canada.

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7) Does CASB have a student job placement service?
There is no formal CASB job placement service. Each provincial institute approves its list of CA Training Offices. Many offices participate in CA student recruiting activities every fall. For a list of offices and recruiting events, contact your provincial body.

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