30 months of relevant work experience in the accounting profession is required to achieve the CPA designation. This is known as the Practical Experience Requirement (PER). While no prior work experience is required to enter the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP), up to 12 months of work experience prior to entering PEP can be counted towards the total 30 months. To help candidates secure opportunities during and after post-secondary education, CPABC works closely with public practice firms and post-secondary institutions to coordinate student recruitment and provide students with career information and resources.
Candidates work in relevant accounting positions and their experience is regularly assessed by CPABC.
Public Practice Recruit happens twice a year for post-secondary students to apply for PPR positions with public practice firms. Participating firms hire for PPR positions that begin the following calendar year, typically with start dates in January, May, or September. Firms may hire for co-op, summer internships, and full time positions (post-graduation).
Approximate timelines for the two public practice recruitment seasons are:
March - June
August - Mid-October
During both recruitment seasons, participating firms will offer recruitment events, as well as networking and information sessions. More events can be found at your career centres, relevant student clubs, and academic departments.
How to Prepare For Public Practice Recruit
What You Can Do
Mid-October to February
Have your cover letter and resume reviewed at your career centre.
Get recruitment advice and tips from peers and alumni.
Participate in accounting clubs and business association events like case competitions and networking sessions.
Share these relevant accounting experiences in your resume and cover letter and when networking
Review the recruitment framework in your region to abide by application dates and deadlines.
Apply and interview.
Post-Secondary Recruitment Framework and Guidelines by Region
CPABC post-secondary recruitment frameworks and guidelines provide information on how students, employers, post-secondary institutions (PSIs), and the BC accounting profession should all effectively and productively engage in the post-secondary recruitment process. It demonstrates the profession’s strong commitment to best practices, professionalism, as well as ethical intent and behavior.
Each BC region may create an annual framework, and certain public practice firms will adhere to it. Please review your region’s framework (where available) when applying.