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1 The CGA Program: Time to Succeed Exit Course Changes Resources Transfer Credit Courses Website Degree Requirement Financial Assistance Exams Online Learning Course Planning Time Limit Practical Experience Program Overview Website

2 1. Website CGA-BC.org is your one-stop shop for all information pertaining to the CGA program. All policies, procedures, deadlines, important information and staff contact information are available on our site. Be sure to check the Heads Up section weekly. Heads Up is on the main student page, once you click on the Student tab.Heads Up Before you begin taking courses, click through the available links on the student Web pages. Here, you will find information about your courses, online enrolment, details on practical experience, schedules and forms, the Handbook, Enrolment Guide, Transfer Credit Guide, Online Learning Reference Guide and much more. You will also find information about our degree partners, and what you need to know as you get closer to graduation. Resources Financial Assistance Exams Course Changes Online Learning Transfer Credit Courses Practical Experience Degree Requirement Program Overview Website Course Planning Time Limit Exit [Continued…]Continued…

3 The CGA program consists of 19 courses, two business cases, and a public speaking requirement. The program is divided into five Levels (Levels 1-4 and the PACE Level). Every student must complete all courses in Levels 1-4. In the PACE Level, the final level, students complete two required courses and two elective courses. The elective courses allow you to personalize your studies according to your strengths, likes, and career objectives. For a full description of the CGA courses, see the Course Syllabus.Course Syllabus In addition to the 19 courses, each student must also complete two business cases (the Accounting Business Case – BC1, and the auditing business case – BC2). The business cases are taken in Levels 3 and 4, and allow you to apply the knowledge youve learned throughout these levels. Resources Financial Assistance Exams Course Changes Online Learning Transfer Credit Courses Practical Experience Degree Requirement Program Overview Course Planning Time Limit Exit 2. Program Overview: Courses [Continued…]Continued… Website

4 3. Degree Requirement All students must obtain a bachelors degree prior to earning their CGA designation. This is an exit requirement, meaning that you do not need a degree to get started on the program, but rather to graduate from the program. It is not mandatory that the bachelors degree be earned in accounting or finance; the degree can be obtained in any discipline. For students who do not have a bachelors degree, CGA-BC offers several degree partner programs that allow you to earn a degree while working on your CGA courses. See Degree Opportunities.Degree Opportunities Resources Financial Assistance Exams Course Changes Online Learning Transfer Credit Courses Practical Experience Degree Requirement Course Planning Time Limit Program Overview Exit Website

5 4. Practical Experience Requirement Work experience is a key component of earning your CGA designation. Like the degree requirement, the practical experience requirement is an exit requirement of the program, meaning you are not required to have any experience when beginning the program, but must meet the requirement before earning your designation. To meet the practical experience requirement, students must have a minimum of three years (36 months) of experience in an accounting or finance position. Of these three years, at least two of the years (24 months) must be at a senior level. While basic or foundation level experience will consist of mainly clerical duties, senior level experience usually requires the application of advanced knowledge, decision-making, and responsibility for the preparation and interpretation of financial information. Resources Financial Assistance Exams Course Changes Online Learning Transfer Credit Courses Degree Requirement Course Planning Time Limit Practical Experience Program Overview Exit [Continued…]Continued… Website

6 5. Time Limit Each CGA student is given an individual time limit in which to complete their program requirements. This is assessed upon admission to the program and is based on transfer credits granted and the number of remaining CGA courses left to complete. Consideration is given to the possibility of time off from taking courses and/or repeating a course. If students want to take time off without affecting their time limit, they can take a non-active year. This must be a full academic year with no academic activity – not with CGA nor for transfer credit. Non- active years do not count towards the overall time limit and students are still considered current and will continue to receive all mailings and publications. Please refer to the Time Limit chart in the Student Handbook regarding the number of allowable non-Time Limit chart active years. Resources Financial Assistance Exams Course Changes Online Learning Transfer Credit Courses Degree Requirement Course Planning Practical Experience Program Overview Time Limit Exit Website

7 6. Transfer Credit Courses Students may wish to take equivalent courses outside CGA rather than take the CGA course directly. This is referred to as Transfer Credit. In order to receive transfer credits, the following conditions must be met: – The student must be enrolled as an active student; they may not be non-active. – Courses taken for transfer credit must be approved by CGA as published in the Transfer Credit Guide. – Transfer credits are granted based on a minimum grade requirement. – CGA-BC must receive a copy of the students official transcript as well as the Request for Transfer Credit form with payment. A fee of $25 per CGA course will be charged for transfer credits. A Transaction Confirmation will be sent to the student once the transfer credit fee has been processed. Due to the minimum course requirement, several PACE Level CGA courses are not available for transfer credit. Please refer to the Transfer Credit Guide for more details.Transfer Credit Guide Resources Financial Assistance Exams Course Changes Online Learning Transfer Credit Courses Degree Requirement Course Planning Time Limit Practical Experience Program Overview Website Exit

8 7. Course Planning CGA courses require a significant amount of work each week. Students should plan to spend hours per week for each course, with the exception of public speaking. Business cases require hours of work each. Things you should consider when planning your courses for the year: 1. What course is required? Use your Program Sequence forms to determine what you still have outstanding.Program Sequence forms 2. Are the prerequisites met? See the Prerequisites Schedule.Prerequisites Schedule 3. When is the course offered? How many offerings are there per year? Some courses are offered in many sessions, where others are only offered once per year. Check the Course Offerings Schedule.Course Offerings Schedule 4. What level courses am I considering? Remember that Level 4 and PACE courses are more intense than those in lower levels. 5. What is going on at work and in my personal life that may conflict with my studies? Resources Financial Assistance Exams Course Changes Online Learning Transfer Credit Courses Practical Experience Degree Requirement Program Overview Course Planning Time Limit Website Exit [Continued…]Continued…

9 8. Online Learning CGA students complete their courses entirely online, and write their exams in person. Our courses are currently hosted through Blackboard OLE. Via online course delivery, students access and submit assignments online, read through modules, course content, post to discussion boards, and complete quizzes for instant feedback on their performance. Online learning allows CGA students the opportunity to successfully balance work with life, and to study where they want. Resources Financial Assistance Exams Course Changes Online Learning Transfer Credit Courses Practical Experience Degree Requirement Program Overview Course Planning Time Limit Website Exit

10 9. Course Changes Withdrawal from a course There are two deadlines to remember if you want to withdraw from your course: 1. Refund deadline Usually around week 2 of the course. Refunds are less the material fee and withdrawal fee. 2. No academic penalty deadline Usually a couple of weeks after the refund deadline. Your course is removed from your transcript for you to add later, at your convenience. No refunds are given for these withdrawals. Withdrawal requests must be received in writing by the deadlines provided on the Course and Exam Withdrawal form in the Schedules and Forms section of this Website. You may find it most convenient toSchedules and Forms fax this form to our office. Resources Financial Assistance Exams Course Changes Online Learning Transfer Credit Courses Practical Experience Degree Requirement Program Overview Course Planning Time Limit Website Exit [Continued…]Continued…

11 10. Exams CGA exams are written nationwide four times per year. Each of the four sessions is followed directly by its exam period. For courses in Levels 1-3, no exam qualification is required. All students enrolled in the course are scheduled to write the exam. Students in Level 4 and PACE Level courses must qualify to write their end of course exam. This means that they must achieve specific marks in their course work, or they will receive a mark of DNQ (did not qualify for the exam), which counts as a failure. There are two types of exams that are NOT course enrolments: challenge exams and supplemental exams. Resources Financial Assistance Exams Course Changes Online Learning Transfer Credit Courses Practical Experience Degree Requirement Program Overview Course Planning Time Limit Website Exit [Continued…]Continued…

12 11. Financial Assistance While CGA does not qualify for federal or provincial student loans, there are still several options available to assist you with the cost of the program. Lifelong Learning Program (LLP) CGA students can withdraw up to $20,000 from their RRSP (or spouses RRSP) to pay for their education. Repayment must be made within 20 years, with at least 1/20 of the amount returned to the RRSP each year. Students must be taking at least one course per session to qualify as a full-time student under this program. Lines of Credit. Several lending institutions offer CGA students reduced fees for lines of credit to assist them with their studies. Further details on this option can be found in the Student Handbook. Resources Financial Assistance Exams Course Changes Online Learning Transfer Credit Courses Practical Experience Degree Requirement Program Overview Course Planning Time Limit Website Exit [Continued…]Continued…

13 12. Resources Please take full advantage of all the resources available to you. These are just a select few; much more detail is available in the Student Handbook. Student Handbook and Enrolment GuideStudent HandbookEnrolment Guide Online Learning Reference Guide Heads Up Course Syllabus Transfer Credit Guide Career Centre on the WebsiteCareer Centre Scholarships & Bursary Program Academic Advisors and Student Services Staff CGA students taking the same course Other members and students in your chapter Resources Financial Assistance Exams Course Changes Online Learning Transfer Credit Courses Practical Experience Degree Requirement Program Overview Course Planning Time Limit Website Exit

14 Congratulations! You have completed the learning part of this orientation. Please take a moment to refresh your memory on any of the sections before clicking on Test Your Knowledge to take a quick multiple choice test. The test is just to see where you may need extra assistance or review and should take you no more than 10 minutes to complete. Test Your KnowledgeTest Your Knowledge. We look forward to assisting you as a CGA student. The Student Services Division. Home Exit

15 Test Your Knowledge Question #1 Where can you find important information for students that is updated each week? a. Transfer Credit Guide b. Student Handbook c. Heads Up d. Online Learning Reference Guide Check your answer Home Exit

16 Test Your Knowledge Question #2 Home True or False: Public Speaking is a requirement for every CGA-BC student. a. True b. False Check your answer Exit

17 Test Your Knowledge Question #3 Home True or False: A degree is required to begin the CGA program. a. True b. False Check your answer Exit

18 Test Your Knowledge Question #4 Home In order to meet the practical experience requirement, you must: a. Work for a CGA firm b. Work in public practice c. Supervise more than five staff d. None of the above Check your answer Exit

19 Test Your Knowledge Question #5 Home Which of the following is not required when taking transfer credits? a. Maintain active student status b. Meet a minimum grade requirement c. Notify the CGA office prior to taking a course for transfer credit d. Submit official transcript Check your answer Exit

20 Test Your Knowledge Question #6 Home What is critical to remember when planning courses for the year? a. Prerequisites are met b. Course is available in that session c. I have time in my life to commit to my course d. All of the above Check your answer Exit

21 Test Your Knowledge Question #7 Home True or False: There is more than one withdrawal deadline per session. a. True b. False Check your answer Exit

22 Test Your Knowledge Question #8 Home Which of the following is not an exam type? a. Qualification b. Challenge c. Deferred d. Supplemental Check your answer Exit

23 Test Your Knowledge Question #9 Home True or False: CGA qualifies for Federal and Provincial loan programs. a. True b. False Check your answer Exit

24 Test Your Knowledge Question #10 Home Which of the following is a resource available to you, as a student? a. Student Handbook and Enrolment Guide b. Online Learning Reference Guide c. Transfer Credit Guide d. CGA-BC Website and Heads Up e. All of the above Check your answer Exit End Test

25 Question #1 - Answer Answer – C, Heads Up. Student Services staff updates Heads Up each Friday to provide key information toHeads Up students such as important dates and deadlines, materials backorder status, tips and tricks for progressing through your courses. You should bookmark this page and read it weekly. Home Question 2 Back to question Exit

26 Home Question #2 - Answer Question 3 Answer – A, True. All students in BC must complete Public Speaking prior to graduation. This can be done either through CGA, or via transfer credit – please refer to the Public Speaking transfer credit guide online.Public Speaking transfer credit guide Although it is considered a Level 4 course, students may choose to complete it at the time that best suits them. There is no course prerequisite for Public Speaking. Back to question Exit

27 Home Question #3 - Answer Question 4 Answer – B, False. CGA students must have a bachelors level degree to graduate from the program, but it is not an entry requirement. For those students who are looking for degree options, there are several degreedegree efficienciesefficiencies through local institutions as well as our national degree partners opportunities.degree partners opportunities Back to question Exit

28 Home Question #4 - Answer Question 5 Answer – D, None of the above. In order to meet the practical experience requirement, students must have atpractical experience requirement least three years of experience working in any industry. Two of those years must be at a senior level requiring advanced technical knowledge, analytical skills, decision-making, and leadership. One of the three years must be Canadian work experience. Back to question Exit

29 Home Question #5 - Answer Question 6 Answer – C, Notify the CGA-BC office prior to taking a course for transfer credit. Students are NOT required to advise CGA ahead of time if they plan to complete a course for transfer credit. It is important to first double check the Transfer Credit Guide to determine the appropriate course before enrolling, but advising CGATransfer Credit Guide is only done once the course has been successfully completed. At that point, students should submit both the Transfer Credit FormTransfer Credit Form, and their official transcripts. Back to question Exit

30 Home Question #6 - Answer Question 7 Answer – D, All of the above. Students should consider all factors listed, as well as the other suggestions listed in the Resources and Study Tools section online, assisting students with course planning. While it seemsassisting students with course planning like a lot to think about all at once, working through the factors becomes automatic after being on the CGA program through a few enrolment periods. Back to question Exit

31 Home Question #7 - Answer Question 8 Answer – A, True. There are different withdrawal deadlines for Public Speaking, business cases, courses andwithdrawal deadlines exams. Students should keep track of these deadlines as published in the Schedules and Forms section of the Website. Back to question Exit

32 Home Question #8 - Answer Question 9 Answer – A, Qualification. Qualification is not a type of exam. Challenge exams, deferred exams and supplemental exams are all part of the CGA program and exist for different situations. Students at the upper level of the program must QUALIFY to write exams by assignment submission. Please refer to the Student Handbook for more information on CGA exams.CGA exams Back to question Exit

33 Home Question #9 - Answer Question 10 Answer – B, False. Unfortunately, the CGA program does not qualify for Federal or Provincial student loans, however there are several other funding options available.funding options Back to question Exit

34 Home Question #10 - Answer Answer – E, All of the above. While distance learning can be challenging at times, there are several resources available for CGA students. In addition to those listed in this test, students should consider each other as valuable resources. Making connections with fellow students, whether online or in person, is a key support and motivator when a course gets confusing or draining. CGA staff members are also here to help. If you are ever in doubt about a policy or procedure, be sure to check with the CGA office as soon as possible.CGA office Back to question Exit End Test

35 Congratulations on completing the online orientation for CGA-BC. If you have any questions as you proceed through the program, please contact our advisors for assistance. the Association at and we will respond to you within four hours. We look to assisting you in your path to a successful future. Enrol NowBack to Student Area Exit Orientation Test Completed

36 1. Website continued… Resources Financial Assistance Exams Course Changes Online Learning Transfer Credit Courses Practical Experience Degree Requirement Program Overview Website Course Planning Time Limit Exit CGAjobs.org is our career opportunity site. Find the link to this fantastic service under My CGA BC. Here you can post yourMy CGA BC resumé and search for accounting-related jobs posted by employers specifically to CGA students and members. This is not a publicly accessed site, so you already have the inside track to thousands of jobs when you log on and set up your profile.log on and set up There is a lot of information to retain; knowing your way around the Website will make life a lot easier.

37 2. Program Overview: Courses continued… Exit The public speaking requirement is mandatory for all CGA-BC students. For students residing in the Lower Mainland, we offer a two-weekend course to meet this requirement. For students outside the Lower Mainland, as well as those students unable to attend the weekend course, there are numerous other options available. See Public Speaking – Transfer Credit GuideSee Public Speaking – Transfer Credit Guide. For courses and business cases, the materials/textbooks are included in the price of the course. Materials are automatically shipped to you once your enrolment is processed. Please note that There are no materials for the public speaking course. Resources Financial Assistance Exams Course Changes Online Learning Transfer Credit Courses Practical Experience Degree Requirement Program Overview Website Course Planning Time Limit Exit

38 4. Practical Experience Requirement continued… It is important to note that many different positions meet the requirements for work experience. The practical experience can be completed in any sector, including industry, public practice, commerce, finance, government, non-profit, or information technology. For details on how to report your practical experience, as well as examples of acceptable experience, please see Practical Experience.Practical Experience Resources Financial Assistance Exams Course Changes Online Learning Transfer Credit Courses Degree Requirement Website Course Planning Time Limit Program Overview Exit Practical Experience

39 7. Course Planning continued… 6. When is the course exam? Do I have another exam scheduled or another conflict? Makesureit is the Exam Schedule that you refer to. 7. Do I know anyone else taking CGA courses? Often, taking a course with a buddy can be an extra motivator and provide critical discussion or study time to help as you progress through your course. 8. Are there lectures available? Some CGA courses provide drop-in lectures at UBC during certain times of the year. If you live in the Lower Mainland, you may prefer this option to the online lecture offering. Once you have answered these questions, you should have a better idea of whether you want to take the session off or schedule a course, and which course is best for you. Resources Financial Assistance Exams Course Changes Online Learning Transfer Credit Courses Practical Experience Degree Requirement Program Overview Course Planning Time Limit Exit Website

40 9. Course Changes continued… Resources Financial Assistance Exams Course Changes Online Learning Transfer Credit Courses Practical Experience Program Overview Course Planning Time Limit Website Exit Degree Requirement Session changes The refund deadline is also the session change deadline. For a $35 fee, we will move your course to any other available session in the academic year. We cannot move courses from one academic year to another. See the Session Change Request form.Session Change Request form

41 10. Exams continued… Resources Financial Assistance Exams Course Changes Online Learning Transfer Credit Courses Practical Experience Degree Requirement Program Overview Course Planning Time Limit Website Exit A challenge exam is based on previous course work outside CGA. If you have some education in a given course, but not enough for an exemption (or transfer credit), you will be offered a challenge exam. You will not be required to enrol in the full course. Instead, IF YOU CHOOSE, you may simply take the exam for that course. If you are not comfortable with this option, you may enrol in the full course instead. Any challenge rights that you have been granted will be recorded on your assessment page when you were accepted into the program. Note: there are no supplemental exams if you fail your challenge exam. A supplemental exam is based on your previous mark in a CGA course. In order to pass your CGA course, you must have a final mark of at least 65 per cent. If you do not meet this requirement, but you have a mark of 50 per cent or better, you will be offered the chance to write the exam again, in the upcoming exam session. This is just the exam, not the full course. This is an option and is not mandatory. If you choose not to write the supplemental exam, you may simply re-enrol in the course. [Continued…]Continued…

42 10. Exams continued… Exam Deferrals Students have the right to defer any exam that they are qualified to write, provided they advise CGA-BC and make payment by the published deferral deadline for the exam period. Exams can only be deferred to either of the next two available exam periods. It is critical that students follow the EXAM SCHEDULE and not the COURSE OFFERINGS SCHEDULE when deciding whether to defer their exam. The Exam Deferral policy is outlined in detail in the Student Handbook. Please familiarize yourself with this policy before you defer your exam. Resources Financial Assistance Exams Course Changes Online Learning Transfer Credit Courses Practical Experience Degree Requirement Program Overview Course Planning Time Limit Website Exit

43 11. Financial Assistance continued… Bursaries The CGA Educational Foundation offers bursaries three times per year to students in need of financial assistance. In order to qualify, students must have completed at least two CGA courses. Further details can be found under Financial Aid.Financial Aid Scholarships and Awards. Both CGA-BC and CGA-Canada offer several awards and scholarships to students at all levels of the program. Please refer to Scholarships and Awards.Scholarships and Awards Resources Financial Assistance Exams Online Learning Transfer Credit Courses Practical Experience Degree Requirement Program Overview Course Planning Time Limit Website Exit Course Changes


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