Posts tagged ‘Merger’

March 2, 2012

No Student Left Behind

by Scott Roehl

If there is a theme to some of the questions I have received from students since late last fall, it has been one of concern about what happens during the transition period if the accounting profession becomes unified. One principle of the merger discussions as stated in the Guiding Principles for Unification is that the combined accounting body would evolve in to a single designation with a new Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Certification Program. So what happens if you have focused studies to meet the requirements for the CMA Program?

First, it is important to note that further information on the merger discussions has been released over the last couple of months which will help ease some concerns. If you haven’t had the opportunity, I encourage you to read the following documents (they can also be accessed at www.cpacanada.ca):

With the magnitude of such a change, you can be assured that a transition would be carefully managed and communicated so that no student gets left behind. Stated in the CPA Certification Program document, “we believe it would take at least 18 months to create the new CPA certification program. This would mean at the earliest, transition timing would be:

  • September 2013: The new CPA Certification Program would be launched. All new candidates would start in this program
  • Fall 2015: The first CPA final examination would be offered.”

In the short-term while a CPA certification program is implemented, the CMA Strategic Leadership Program and its entrance requirements would continue to exist. So long as the CMA Program is offered, students who have an interest in completing the designation would follow the entrance requirements and complete program components. At the time of the CPA Program introduction, future students would enter the CPA Certification Program. Those individuals already in the CMA Program would complete studies and attain the CMA designation.

Students are recognized as important stakeholders in this process and CMA Manitoba will continue to provide updates and important information as it becomes available.

July 6, 2011

What does the potential CA/CMA merger mean to students?

by Scott Roehl

On May 24, 2011, the leaders of the Chartered Accountants of Canada and the Certified Management Accountants of Canada announced they had entered into discussions to explore the possibility of uniting the CA and CMA organizations through the creation of a new professional designation –  the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). Following this announcement, a consultation process was established to engage important stakeholders in a dialogue including Members and Candidates of the respective organizations.

Since the announcement, I have been approached by a few students who have wanted to learn more about why this is occurring and, probably just as important, what the impact may be. I suspect that once classes begin in the fall, more students will be asking similar questions.

To begin with, I strongly encourage students to review the information that has been provided to Members and Candidates of both organizations. To assist you, here are some helpful links (also available through cpacanada.ca):

Uniting the Canadian Accounting Profession Position Paper

Uniting the Canadian Accounting Profession Paper Highlights – a “coles notes” summary of the key points in the full position paper

Consultation Update – June 2011

Video: Joy Thomas, President and CEO, CMA Canada, talks about uniting the Canadian accounting profession

For a student considering the CMA designation these resources provide an important window into the global factors impacting the accounting profession here in Canada and why the respective organizations are addressing them now. As you review the information, reflect on what is being discussed and understand the impact on you. For students, this potential merger represents the prospect of a further strengthened and respected accounting credential in Canada and improved mobility opportunities globally. Over the long-term this would also serve to reduce confusion over multiple designations and increase recognition of the value you can provide to any organization as a professional accountant. These points aside, consider the full impact and be sure to ask questions.

Finally, you have an important voice in this consultation process as well. Should you have any comments or questions to share, please email them directly to me – sroehl @ cma-canada.org. I will ensure your privacy and pass along the comments verbatim for consideration.