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1) The practical experience requirements indicate students must complete three years of practical experience. Is this new?
2) What is the definition of an audit engagement and audit experience that may satisfy the 625 hour requirement?
3) Does student experience obtained through summer internships count toward CA qualification?
4) Do CA students need audit and assurance experience to become Chartered Accountants?
5) Can CA students train for public accounting in corporations?
6) Will CAs qualifying in areas other than audit and assurance be able to practice public accounting?
7) Will CA students with no audit and assurance experience be adequately prepared for the UFE?
8) Where can students download the Record of Qualifying Experience (RQE)?
9) Do students have to complete the profession-supplied Record of CA Qualifying Experience (RQE), or can their CA Training Offices incorporate the profession's RQE into their own management systems?
10) Which organizations are approved to train students outside of public practice?
11) How can I get my organization approved as a CA Training Office?
12) How can I get more information?

1) The practical experience requirements indicate students must complete three years of practical experience. Is this new?
Three years of practical experience is not a new requirement, but CASB measures this period in a specific way. The three-year period is measured as 30 months of "field" experience, which allows students time for study periods, vacations, personal days, etc. within the three years.
For specific information about the practical experience term please refer to CASB's Education Policy Manual.

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2) What is the definition of an audit engagement and audit experience that may satisfy the 625 hour requirement?
In general, financial statement audits carried out in accordance with the CICA Handbook in which an audit report is issued and the work is chargeable to a client count toward the 625 hour requirement.

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3) Does student experience obtained through summer internships count toward CA qualification?
Yes, summer internships with approved CA Training Offices count toward CA qualification provided students have first completed 45 credit hours (three full school terms) toward their university degrees.

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4) Do CA students need audit and assurance experience to become Chartered Accountants?
No. While there are six competency areas in total, students are only required to develop one area of depth and two areas of breadth. Therefore, it is possible to qualify as a CA without any exposure to assurance competencies.

However, if students want to become eligible to practice public accounting, audit, assurance and tax experience continue to be mandatory, as prescribed by the current hour requirements.

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5) Can CA students train for public accounting in corporations?
No. Only CA Training Offices providing audit, assurance and taxation hours, as defined under current standards and regulations offer qualifying public accounting experience (i.e. CA firms and federal and provincial Offices of Auditors General). CA students who qualify without having acquired all of the experience required for public accounting can achieve the required experience in audit, assurance and taxation post-qualification.

Students can gain assurance experience in corporate and public sector CA Training Offices as either a depth or a breadth area toward certification as a CA. However, this experience would not qualify as public accounting experience.

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6) Will CAs qualifying in areas other than audit and assurance be able to practice public accounting?
Yes, if they acquire the necessary audit and assurance experience at a public accounting CA Training Office (i.e. a CA firm or a federal or provincial Office of Auditor General) at a later date.

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7) Will CA students with no audit and assurance experience be adequately prepared for the UFE?
Yes. CA students with no assurance experience will be required to gain experience in performance measurement. The concurrent professional education programs, which all students undertake during their period of experience, will ensure all students have the required knowledge base in audit and assurance.

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8) Where can students download the Record of Qualifying Experience (RQE)?
Students can download the RQE here.

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9) Do students have to complete the profession-supplied Record of CA Qualifying Experience (RQE), or can their CA Training Offices incorporate the profession's RQE into their own management systems?
While it is highly recommended that CA students use the RQE provided by the profession, some CA Training Offices have developed internal software that serves the same purpose. The RQE is the students' responsibility. If students use their company's software instead, they need to ensure that they have tracked the same information as the profession's RQE. Students must also retain a copy of their RQEs for at least one year following certification.

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10) Which organizations are approved to train students outside of public practice?
A list of organizations approved to train students outside of public practice is available here.

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11) How can I get my organization approved as a CA Training Office?
Your organization needs to employ CAs in order to be considered for CA Training Office approval. For assistance with becoming a CA Training Office outside of public accounting, please contact:

In Alberta:
Carly Rigler, CA
Manager, CA Training Office Program
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta
Local phone: 780-420-2368 Toll free: 1-800-232-9406
Email: c.roemer@icaa.ab.ca

In British Columbia and Saskatchewan:
Harp Bagri, CA
Manager, CA Training Office Liaison
CA School of Business
Local phone: 604-488-2648 Toll free: 1-866-420-2350
Email: harp.bagri@casb.com

In Manitoba:
Kim Metcalfe, CA
Director of Student Recruitment & Ethics
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba
Local phone: 204-924-4419
Email: kmetcalfe@icam.mb.ca

For assistance with becoming a public accounting CA Training Office, please contact:

In Alberta:
Carly Rigler, CA
Manager, CA Training Office Program
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta
Local phone: 780-420-2368 Toll free: 1-800-232-9406
Email: c.roemer@icaa.ab.ca

In British Columbia:
Lisa Eng, CA, CPA (Illinois)
Director of Practice Review & Licensing
Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia
Local phone: 604-488-2622 Toll free: 1-800-663-2677
Email: eng@ica.bc.ca

In Manitoba:
Kathy Zaplitny, CA
Director of Member Services/Practice Advisor
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba
Local phone: 204-924-4411
E-mail: kzaplitny@icam.mb.ca

In Saskatchewan:
Shelley Thiel, FCA
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan
Director of Member Services
Local phone: 306-791-4135
Email: s.thiel@icas.sk.ca

Additional information on becoming a CA Training Office can be found at www.CAtrainingoffice.ca

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12) How can I get more information?
For additional information regarding the CA practical experience requirements, please visit www.CAtrainingoffice.ca or contact:

In Alberta:
Carly Rigler, CA
Manager, CA Training Office Program
Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta
Local phone: 780-420-2368 Toll free: 1-800-232-9406
Email: c.roemer@icaa.ab.ca

In British Columbia and Saskatchewan:
Harp Bagri, CA
Manager, CA Training Office Liaison
CA School of Business
Local phone: 604-488-2648 Toll free: 1-866-420-2350
Email: harp.bagri@casb.com

In Manitoba:
Kim Metcalfe, CA
Director of Student Recruitment & Ethics
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba
Local phone: 204-924-4419
Email: kmetcalfe@icam.mb.ca

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