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To learn more about the pathways to public accounting, visit the Members section of the bccpa.ca website. Q: Is there a limit on the number of mentees a CPA mentor can have? A: No, there is no limit. It is at the CPA mentor’s discretion to determine how many candidates he/she can mentor successfully. Q: How does a candidate find a CPA mentor? A: CPA candidates taking the PPR will be matched with a CPA mentor by their employer. CPA candidates taking the EVR will seek out their own CPA mentor; these candidates are guided to seek out mentors who may be colleagues at their current or past workplace, current or past instructors/faculty, or contacts met through workshops/seminars, community organizations, or their local CPABC chapter. In the event that a candidate in the EVR is unable to find a mentor, they can ask CPABC for help in matching them with a CPA mentor through our Mentor Match Portal. The Mentor Match Portal is an interactive tool designed to help candidates in the EVR find approved mentors. OWN YOUR FUTURE UBC Diploma in Accounting Have a university degree but lack the prerequisites to pursue the new Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) designation? The UBC Diploma in Accounting program (UBC DAP) bridges the gap by equipping graduates with the foundation for success in the CPA Professional Education Program. Widely recognized by the accounting industry, UBC DAP can be completed in as little as 10 or as long as 24 months while candidates continue to work. Find out how to put your career aspirations into action: visit sauder.ubc.ca/dap 26 CPABC in Focus • July/August 2016 Q: What is the difference between certification and licensing? A: CPAs who receive certification are candidates who’ve completed all the CPA program requirements (education, examination, and practical experience) for membership in the profession. Licensing is the process through which members may apply to practise public accounting as defined in the CPABC bylaws. CPAs who wish to be licensed in the audit, review, or compilation categories must meet specific education, examination, and practical experience requirements. CPA candidates who intend to apply for a public accounting licence after certification should follow specific pathways within the certification model while completing their CPA program of studies. If these requirements are not met during the certification process, bridging mechanisms are available once the candidate becomes a member. To learn more about these pathways to public accounting, visit the Members section of the bccpa.ca website and look under Public Practice>CPABC Public Practice Licensing> Practitioners Licensing. Information about CPABC’s public practice licensing can also be found in this section.