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Professional Applications (PA1 and PA2) Examinations 

The PA1: Issues in Professional Practice and PA2: Strategic Financial Management examinations are the final examination requirements in the certification process leading to the granting of the CGA designation. The PA1 and PA2 examinations assess the candidate’s ability to demonstrate the competencies required of a newly-certified CGA.

PA1: Issues in professional practice

PA1: Issues in Professional Practice focuses on professional practice from the perspective of the accountant external to the organization providing assurance, tax, or business advisory services. The examination assesses:

  • core competencies from the areas of Financial Accounting and Reporting; Assurance and Other Related Services; Taxation; and Ethics and Trust;
  • core-related competencies from the areas of Management Accounting; Finance and Financial Planning; Business Environment; and Information Technology; and
  • professional qualities and skills, which comprise Leadership (Strategic and Organizational Leadership; Organizational Effectiveness; Individual and Team Leadership and Development) and Professionalism (Stakeholder Focus; Communication; Integrative Approach; Problem Solving; Professional Development; Professional Self-evaluation).

PA2: Strategic financial management

PA2: Strategic Financial Management focuses on professional practice from the perspective of the financial manager internal to the organization making strategic financial management decisions. The examination assesses:

  • core competencies from the areas of Financial Accounting and Reporting; Management Accounting; Finance and Financial Planning; and Ethics and Trust;
  • core-related competencies from Assurance and Other Related Services; Taxation; Business Environment; and Information Technology; and
  • professional qualities and skills, which comprise Leadership (Strategic and Organizational Leadership; Organizational Effectiveness; Individual and Team Leadership and Development) and Professionalism (Stakeholder Focus; Communication; Integrative Approach; Problem Solving; Professional Development; Professional Self-evaluation).

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CGA-Canada | Last Updated: September 14, 2011