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PA1 EXAMINATION BLUEPRINT 2010/2011
Effective Date: December 2010

This document is the property of: CGA-Canada 100-4200 North Fraser Way Burnaby, British Columbia Canada V5J 5K7 Phone: 604 669-3555 Fax: 604 689-5845 www.cga.org/canada Updated: May 17, 2010

CGA-Canada PA1 Examination Blueprint 2010/2011

Table of Contents
About the Examination Blueprint ......................................................................................................................... 2 PA1 Examination ................................................................................................................................................... 2 PA1 Course ........................................................................................................................................................ 2 Prerequisite Courses for the PA1 Examination .................................................................................................. 3 Competency Weightings ....................................................................................................................................... 3 Structure of the Examination ................................................................................................................................ 5 Examination Competency Coverage ..................................................................................................................... 5 Scoring Model and Evaluation of Candidate Performance ................................................................................... 6

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CGA-Canada PA1 Examination Blueprint 2010/2011

PA1: Issues in Professional Practice Examination Blueprint 2010/2011 About the Examination Blueprint
The PA1: Issues in Professional Practice examination has been constructed using an examination blueprint — a widely accepted tool used within professions to design certification examinations. CGA blueprints specify the range of coverage for each examinable competency area, question type (for example, multiple-choice or constructed response case analysis), number of questions, time limit, scoring model, and method used to evaluate candidate performance. Candidates are encouraged to use this blueprint to prepare for the PA1 examination.

PA1 Examination
The PA1 examination is comprehensive and integrative. Its purpose is to evaluate the ability of a candidate for the CGA designation to demonstrate the competencies required for entry to the profession. The focus of the PA1 examination is on professional practice from the perspective of an accountant external to the organization providing assurance, taxation, or business advisory services. The examination provides a valid, reliable, and fair opportunity for each candidate to demonstrate the competencies expected of a newlycertified CGA in three broad areas of contemporary accounting practice: Leadership1, Professionalism, and Professional Knowledge. It assesses a candidate’s ability to integrate a wide range of professional knowledge and apply that knowledge, along with ethical considerations, to the practice of accounting and related fields of management activity. Central to this evaluation is the ability to demonstrate competence in areas such as leadership, decision making, integrative approach to problem solving, and communicating. The examination evaluates the candidate’s ability to fulfill the responsibilities of a financial management professional at all times in a manner that reflects these professional qualities and skills. Passing the PA1 examination is part of the education, experience, and examination requirements for certification.

PA1 Course
The PA1 course is intended, primarily, to help candidates prepare for the PA1 examination. The course includes a series of assignments that emulate questions and cases typical of those found on the PA1 examination. The assignments provide opportunities to practise analyzing and responding to...
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