- CA ANZ provides all CA Program candidates with optional additional study support through CASM.
- CASM workshops are interactive and delivered by experienced CA facilitators and expert trainers.
- CASM is designed to support CA Program candidates through the module content, online assessments and final exam.
Available across the CA Program, the interactive CA Study Masterclass (CASM) workshops have been developed to keep candidates on track with their learning, and provide assistance for their online assessments and final exam.
Naomi Lewis CA is a Senior Tax Accountant at Wybenga & Partners who completed the CA Program in 2019. Naomi enrolled in CASM to receive additional study support during her second module of the CA Program. She believes the extra help allowed her to broaden her knowledge of taxation, business advisory and superannuation.
“The main driver for me was just to have that ‘above and beyond’ understanding of the course content. I believe that you can only read so much, so having the opportunity to collaborate with my peers, and exchange ideas with the facilitators helped me stay motivated and focused to achieve my goals,” Lewis says.
CASM helps candidates apply their theoretical knowledge to the real world and therefore provide better service to their clients. Facilitators talk through the theory in the context of practical application and use their own work experience to illustrate to candidates how the two elements come together in practice.
According to Lewis, “The facilitators are experienced industry professionals, so they’ve done the work that they are teaching, which is great. They are able to not only teach the course content, but provide us with examples of how they have applied the framework in their practice.”
“I remember that I once had a question at work that I couldn't get to the bottom of. So, instead of waiting for my boss to arrive back at the office from leave, I took my question to CASM. The facilitator provided me with so much extra support, and made me feel confident in finding a solution.”
The main driver for me was just to have that ‘above and beyond’ understanding of the course content. I believe that you can only read so much, so having the opportunity to collaborate with my peers, and exchange ideas with the facilitators helped me stay motivated and focused to achieve my goals.
Having made the transition from university to the workforce while studying the CA Program, Lewis says that the interactive, collaborative nature of CASM gave her an opportunity to ask questions, work with her peers and exchange opinions - and then apply her learnings to her work. Lewis believes it helped her to remain accountable and committed to her learning over the long term.
“I think there’s huge value in enrolling into CASM. I am someone who learns best when someone is showing me how to do something or talking to me, so the collaboration element of CASM was appealing to me. Knowing that you have to be prepared before attending CASM kept me accountable, and motivated me to sit down, focus and actually study the content, opposed to just reading it,” Lewis says.
“In accounting, there’s always going to be more than one approach to finding an answer, so having the opportunity to compare your solution to someone else’s is really valuable as it makes you think differently.”
Candidates who enrol into CASM also receive specially-designed study materials, including practice exam questions and solutions, as well as study aids which summarise key concepts within each module. Lewis says that these CASM notes are a great resource.
“The resources and study aids helped me with my exam preparation and saved me a lot of time. As an accountant specialising in tax, I still refer back to my notes whenever I am working on finding a solution for my clients,” Lewis says.
With workshops delivered by experienced CA facilitators, CASM aims to provide candidates with additional study support for modules, online assessments and the final exam in a way that leaves them feeling confident and well-supported during their studies and beyond.
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