My CPA Journey @byjenthinks
Follow me on my journey that started in 2019 on becoming a CPA (Certified Professional Accountant).
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This CPA CFE Day 1 package is not about technical knowledge because CFE Day 1 is not focused on technical skill. Rather, Day 1 focuses on your enabling skills. If you came here from jenthinks.com, you would know that I spent way longer than required preparing for CFE. I did it that way so I can test out what worked and what did not. What I am sharing here is how to prepare and how to pass Day 1 by providing you with templates that worked and knowledge that kept me on the right path.
My last CPA PEP module officially started one week ago. Since I work in the industry and passed Finance, I had a choice between Performance Management, Assurance (audit) or Tax. For those of you who have a choice on which elective to take, I want to share with you why I chose the Performance Management module over the other two and also the topics the module covers.
One thing I did differently for this module compared to Core modules was that I had access to the Finance Elective Essentials package offered by Densmore. I have heard a lot of positive things about their CFE Exam Prep program in the past (which I might utilize to get ready for writing the 2021 Sept CFE) but I have not seen many reviews of their PEP packages.
As I prepare to write the CPA CFE in September, I plan on sharing every step of my journey with you all. Since my plan is to start studying as early as possible, I hope my content will be useful for candidates writing in May 2021 as well. In a previous post, I shared what I learned from the past Governor General’s Gold Medal and Regional Medal winners. This time, I will share what you need to know before you even begin studying for your CPA CFE.
Until then, I want to share what I have learned from the past winners of the CFE Governor General’s and regional Gold Medals. Even if winning the medals or being on the Honour Roll is not a goal for most of us, we can still learn from the candidates who achieved the honor by executing their study strategy well.
This post will walk you through the steps of what to do when you start a new job under the Experience Verification Route (EVR) for CPA PERT. If you haven't read it already, I wrote an ultimate guide for CPA PERT before. I thought I got CPA PERT sort of figured out until I changed job last month. I was completely distracted by the shiny new object aka the job so I neglected to figure out what I had to do for CPA PERT for the job change (I knew I had to do something).
I realized it will be more efficient if I come up with a plan and time table before tackling the CPA module workshop. My expectation is that it will take around the same amount of time as the weekend workshop but potentially less if you are able to stay focused and not have to wait for everyone else. It might also take longer if you tend to craft the perfect answers - be aware of time because you are going to want to make sure you leave time for debriefing.
I understand many of you feel nervous, anxious or intimidated at job interviews. I know people who are more qualified and experienced than I am struggle to convince their future employers exactly how perfect they are for the jobs. Therefore, I am sharing with you how to find the perfect accounting job as a CPA candidate. At the end of the day, the perfect job should be more than just a paycheque.
A reader reached out to me asking if I can share my debriefing notes for Core 2. Unfortunately, my notes for Core 2 were hand-written and all over the place. However, I thought it might be useful if I share the list of topics I studied for the Core 2 exam.
This post is meant for people who are interested in becoming a CPA (Certified Professional Accountant) in Canada without an accounting or business degree. I am in the CPA PEP program right now even though I actually went to university for a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.