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CPPs extremely satisfied with the Professional Education Program

2011-06-14

According to surveys conducted in the fall of 2010 and the winter of 2011 among candidates for the practice of the profession (CPPs), overall satisfaction with the Professional Education Program (PEP) is high, even increasing slightly from the last survey in 2008.

Among the elements most valued by respondents are the instructors’ competence and availability (both received an excellent rating of 8.5 out of 10), along with the requirement to complete a training period in public practice (8.2 rating).

The survey also found that overall satisfaction with the training period is high, though consistent since 2003. Practical learning is the component most favoured by CA students (8.2 rating), followed closely by supervision and support (7.8) and the additional training provided (7.7).

The following are some survey highlights that also illustrate CPP satisfaction with the PEP:

  • 84% of respondents used PEP educational material in university and gave it a satisfaction rating of 7.0;
  • the average number of engagements used during the training period is 9.9;
  • Once again this year, the three positions most coveted by CPPs are “partner in a firm” (18%), “controller” (17%) and “vice-president of finance” (16%);
  • 76% of respondents are satisfied with their firm’s work-life initiatives, including flexible working hours, leaves of absence and physical activity reimbursement programs;
  • three quarters of respondents are concerned about major social issues, with the environment topping the list (83%). Among students who are not currently involved in the community, 55% plan to be in the future.
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