The FAST Accounting module helps internationally trained professionals like you assess your essential skills, fundamental workplace & culture skills, and foundational accounting enabling & technical skills to determine if you are prepared for work in accounting occupations or a related field in Canada.
Though you may have much of the knowledge and many of the skills needed to work in your occupation in your country of origin, a better understanding of working in the Canadian environment will help you prepare you and adjust to your new work environment.
This module provides assessments using diagnostic self-tests and post-tests to determine if you meet expectations for knowledge, skills and abilities – referred to as competencies – for the financial services sector, essential skills, fundamental workplace skills, and accounting enabling and technical skills needed to work in accounting occupations in Canada.
Knowing what your skills are and how they compare to the skills needed for a job is an important part of preparing for work in Canada.
You will need to identify and demonstrate your skills in both your resumé and during a job interview. See CPA Canada’s International Credential Recognition information on how to gain your Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation in Canada.
The financial services sector is one of the crucial drivers of the Canadian economy, accounting for as much as 4.5 percent of total employment in Canada and 7.1 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product in 2017.
In 2017, the Federal Government of Canada projected almost 100,000 newly available positions in the role of “financial auditors and accountants”, with a further 80,000 positions available for bookkeepers becoming available from 2017-2026.
The Government foresaw a relatively continued balance in supply and demand for these roles, as recent immigrants and graduates were expected to fill the positions. Please visit Government of Canada-Job Bank to see further detail about the outlook for financial auditors and accountants and bookkeepers.
In its Accounting and Finance 2020 Salary Guide, Robert Half, an accounting and financial services recruiting firm, states that currently “demand is high and supply is low for accounting and finance professionals in Canada”.
The FAST Accounting module aims to help newcomer professionals assess their skills and get better prepared in entering Canada’s growing Accounting industry.
The Prepare for Work in Canada Accounting Occupations Assessment Module helps internationally trained individuals like you assess your essential skills, fundamental workplace & culture skills, and foundational accounting enabling & technical skills to determine if you are prepared for work in accounting occupations or a related field in Canada.
This module has been developed by the FAST – Future Skills Centre Project through a partnership of the Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) and the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC).
The project focuses on providing competency-based assessment, online gap training (bridging lessons), e-mentoring and job matching support for skilled immigrants in junior to senior accounting occupations.
FAST is available to incoming and landed immigrants across Canada. See the FAST-Future Skills Eligibility Check List if you qualify for free access.