Date posted: 20/05/2020 3 min read

Supporting CA Program candidates with online learning and exams during COVID-19

Chartered Accountants ANZ is committed to supporting CA Program candidates with online learning and exams during COVID-19.

In Brief

  • CA ANZ is providing the opportunity for CA Program candidates to progress with their studies during COVID-19 with online learning
  • Exams for the technical modules and capstone will be delivered online this term
  • Candidates will be provided with the support and resources they need to succeed during this challenging time

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) has taken practical action in response to COVID-19 and transitioned to online learning and exams for Term 1 of the CA Program.

"In the space of the last month, we've given over 8,500 CA candidates the opportunity to progress with their studies during COVID-19 by moving our face-to-face workshops for Capstone and our seated exams online," said Lisa Lim, CA Project Manager of Strategic Initiatives at CA ANZ.

Although online exams are a departure from how candidates have typically experienced the CA Program to date, CA ANZ is dedicated to supporting CA Program candidates during this challenging time with the information they need to make a successful transition.

"It is the first time that the entire CA Program term has moved online via myLearning, so it is important for us to communicate with and support our candidates to make this adjustment," said Lim.

"We have put ourselves in the shoes of our candidates to understand the challenges they may face in making the switch to online for progression this term, and we have been working to release information to our candidates about how the online exams will function, and how they can get support from us when needed. This information is also available via the COVID-19 hub on our website."

As this transition has been fast and significant, changes for our candidates sitting online exams have come with unique challenges and the CA ANZ team are working quickly to address the concerns of candidates and inform them about their options to progress with their studies as they reach different weeks in their module studies.

"CA ANZ is doing everything it can to achieve the best possible outcome for our CA Program candidates during this challenging time. We're making every effort to capture and recognise the work that our candidates have done, and the skills and knowledge that they have acquired this term, to ensure we are able to award a fair and valid assessment outcome."
Simon Hann, Group Executive Education and Learning, CA ANZ.

"We have applied our Candidate Assessment and Grading Policy and Procedure to the unique situation of our candidates to ensure that they receive a fair and valid assessment outcome" said Lim.

Candidates from the TAXAU120 exam will also be provided with the option to sit a supplementary exam on the Monday 22 June 2020. Candidates would have chosen their option by Friday 15th May 2020.

"We are aware that some of our candidates experienced difficulties getting into the exam, or experienced disruptions, so we have applied our policy and want to give our candidates the option to reattempt the exam at no further cost," said Lim.

For candidates who may be seeking additional support for their mental health and wellbeing during these challenging times, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential counselling service available to Australian and New Zealand members.

"We want to continue to support our candidates to progress in their studies, and provide them with an assessment outcome that is fair and valid," said Lim.

"We are doing our best to provide our candidates with the information and resources they need to succeed, so they continue to feel supported during this period of disruption."

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