Jivan came to Canada as a skilled immigrant in February 2010.
- Bachelor’s degree in Economics from a University in Lebanon
- 9 years of experience as a Financial Accountant in Lebanon
- worked as a cashier for 2 years in Canada
Short Term Goal: to find a job related to accounting such as bookkeeping or accounting clerk
- went to school and learned computerized accounting i.e. ACCPAC, Simply Accounting, etc.
- gained practical experience and networks through a practicum
- completed computerized accounting training and then was employed as a part-time bookkeeper
Long Term Goal: to become an accountant in Canada
- researched the different paths for Internationally Trained Accountants, i.e. CMA, CGA and CA
- decided to pursue CGA designation because it is related to his background in Taxation and Finances
- completed the CGA credentials assessment, which involved
- a review of post-secondary transcript(s)
- assessment results will determine whether previous educational courses are accepted or if further CGA training is required
- CGA credentials assessment suggested further training in CGA courses
- CGA courses are divided to 5 levels (the number of courses/exams varies per level)
- completion of all 5 levels, will lead to a full CGA designation
- financial assistance for tuition fees, books & course materials and association fee
Jivan chose to complete a Computerized Accounting program prior to applying for CGA, even though it is not a requirement for CGA. The training helped him achieve his short-term goal of working in an accounting position.
Internationally Trained Accountants