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Experience requirement completion date nears

Earlier this month I received a letter from the governing body of my profession in this province, the ICAO. I wasn’t expecting it so naturally I was pretty curious. It turned out to be great news:

“According to our records, your estimated completion date of the 30-month practical experience requirement is 12/7/2007.”

ICAO envelopeEven before I had opened the letter I was treated to the new CA branding on the envelope. Not only that but the new CA logo is the only thing on the front of the envelope. The return address information is printed on the back flap at the opposite end of the envelope. Pretty cool twist for something as mundane as a business envelope.

I may have been done on December 7th, but I won’t know for sure until my firm submits the attached form with all my hours. 625 auditing hours, 100 review hours, 1,250 total assurance hours (including those audit and review hours plus other assurance engagements), 100 tax hours, plus elective hours making up no less than 2,500 total hours. I’m certain I’ve met all the hours.

Any leaves of absence taken in excess of those allowable (prescribed by Regulation I) will extend your completion date. The allowable leaves of absence are as follows:

  • 8 weeks vacation
  • 5 weeks staff/job training
  • 5 weeks illness/compassionate leave

I did some quick calculations and I’d be surprised if I’d taken more than those amounts off over the 2 2/3 years I’ve been working in public accounting as of the end of this year. But there’s more — any other paid/unpaid leave plus time spent at the SOA and writing the UFE is also added back. 4 weeks for the SOA and 1 week for the UFE.

My best guess is that it will be sometime in mid to late January before I’m clear to put the letters behind my name. The Waiting is the hardest part.