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How to Hire

How to Hire

Whether hiring a student or a practising CPA, working with individuals who are trained to be business leaders brings integrity to your organization, at every level

CPAs Provide Value and Leadership

CPA Ontario students and practicing CPAs fill a diverse range of positions across organizations, providing a broad scope of value. From investing in your company's future, to trusting their acumen, CPAs work to protect the public interest and yours.

Hiring a CPA Ontario Student

Gaining relevant practical experience is an essential component of earning the CPA designation. There are two ways you can hire a CPA Ontario student as part of the practical experience requirement:

1. Pre-Approved Program Route (PPR)

If you hire CPA Ontario students often (at least one student each year in the same business area/role) and can commit to providing senior-level oversight of the program, you should consider setting up a Pre-Approved Program. PPR employers have pre-approved role(s) that meet the CPA practical experience requirements. The program doesn’t mandate the level of support you may choose to provide for the student’s education and examination requirements other than committing to time off to write exams within the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP).

Review our Directory of Pre-Approved Programs that lists all current organizations who have student training programs.

Become a Pre-Approved Program

If you are interested in developing a Pre-Approved Program with CPA Ontario, find out all you need to know here.

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2. Experience Verification Route (EVR)

In the EVR, students may earn practical experience through the role they are employed in. Each role requires assessment and approval by CPA Ontario in order to be recognized toward practical experience requirements. Throughout the practical experience term, each student is required to submit a pre-assessment and at least two detailed experience reports, verified by their supervisor, in order for CPA Ontario to assess their role and progression towards meeting the practical experience requirements. Students must also complete self-assessment and meet with their mentors on a semi-annual basis. Students in EVR may ask any CPA in good standing to be their mentor.

Keep in mind: A CPA Ontario mentor must be approved by CPA Ontario before the student can have their practical experience recognized. Employers can support their EVR students by helping them find CPA mentors within their organizations, providing them time away from their work to write examinations, and/or providing them with work opportunities to develop the required competencies that may be outside of their current roles/responsibilities.

CPA Ontario Talent

CPA Ontario Talent on the Workopolis Niche Network is exclusively available to CPA Ontario’s 97,000 members and 21,000 students, and your direct link to Ontario’s leading financial professionals. Learn more about our customized packages to meet your recruitment needs. Charities and not-for-profit organizations can also post their unpaid, volunteer positions for CPAs looking to give back to their community.

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  • We’re pleased CPA Ontario is committed to working with organizations like Honda Canada to ensure we have access to a continuous stream of highly ethical individuals.

Jeff Baker CPA, CA - Manager, Internal Audit, Honda Canada