Posts tagged ‘Designations’

October 29, 2012

Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)

by Scott Roehl

During my presentations and sessions over the last year with students, I’ve been sharing information about the discussions in Canada to unite the Canadian Accounting Profession. This has included sharing information about the Framework for Uniting the Canadian Accounting Profession and encouraging students to follow the CPA Canada website for the latest developments.

As it relates to Manitoba, both the CA Council and CMA Manitoba Board have endorsed moving forward with the new CPA Certification Program in 2013.

The vision of the new CPA designation is to be the pre-eminent internationally recognized Canadian accounting and business credential that best protects and serves the public interest.  The new CPA Certification Program provides the foundation for that vision. It builds on the best of existing education programs, creating a challenging and rigorous certification process that meets the needs of business, public practice and government.

The new CPA Certification Program will meet or exceed all International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) standards for education, assessment and practical experience. It will also meet or exceed the requirements of the leading global accounting bodies, ensuring the new profession can maintain existing and establish new Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs).

Students (and anyone considering an accounting designation) should explore the details of the new CPA Certification Program by visiting www.cpaone.ca.

 

March 14, 2011

What a CMA Panel Taught Us

by Scott Roehl


(Photo credit: Stephen Dueck – synaptogenic.com)

During the evening of March 9th at the Fort Garry Hotel, students from several post-secondary institutions gathered with members of the CMA Community in Manitoba to learn how a CMA designation can create possibilities in their future. The first annual CMA Panel Event fostered connections and interactions between students and CMAs/CMA Candidates from a variety of backgrounds and industries.

One of the key elements of the evening was the panel discussion which gave students the power to ask questions that mattered to them. A panel consisting of three CMAs and a Year 2 CMA Candidate along with a CMA Panel Moderator took questions supplied by students and provided their thoughts and advice. Very insightful questions were asked on a variety of topics ranging from the impact of the recession, to what is gained from the Strategic Leadership Program to advice for someone coming from a non-conventional accounting background.

Darrell, a student from the University of Winnipeg, shared some of these key takeaways from the evening:

A designation gives you a strong foundation to build on, but does not entitle you to a high level position immediately. You have to be prepared to work hard.

The CMA Accelerated Program disciplines you and prepares a person well for the Entrance Exam and Strategic Leadership Program

The Strategic Leadership Program fosters relationships and networks that will carry right through your career

The Strategic Leadership Program: strategy development, you learn to ask and understand the questions “where we are” and “where do we want to be”

Advice given for students considering the CMA designation: Budget your time, be flexible, build a support base around you of family and friends, find ways to integrate what you learn in to your life and remember to keep a work-life balance


For students that attended, what else did you takeaway from the evening? What did you find insightful? Please share in the comments.


Thank you to the following individuals who provided their time to be on the panel:

Denise Zaporzan, CMA, FCMA (Panel Moderator)
Sara Stasiuk, CMA
Jeremy Messner, CMA
Kerry Wolfe, CMA
Sarah Townsend – CMA Candidate


Related Blog Post:
Denise captures the spirit of the event with some additional comments from the evening through her latest blog post. (recommended read!)

Photos from the event: CMA Manitoba Facebook Page (CMA Panel Event Photo Album)