Date posted: 04/02/2021 4 min read

Why CA Study Masterclass CASM could be your ticket to success

We speak to Louie Papageorgiou CA about the benefits of extra study support during the CA Program

In Brief

  • CA Study Masterclass (CASM) can be helpful to CA Program candidates aiming to get the most out of their studies.
  • CASM is facilitated by expert trainers who share their real-world work experience to help contextualise the theory.
  • CA ANZ aims to provide an opportunity for candidates to engage with the content on a deeper level through CASM.

Chartered Accountants ANZ’s CA Study Masterclass (CASM) provides additional study support to help accelerate candidates’ progress towards the successful completion of the CA Program.

When Louie Papageorgiou CA, Senior Accountant at Chi Berkowitz Partners, first enrolled to study the CA Program he was introduced to CASM as an additional support offering. He discussed the opportunity with his colleagues, researched some additional information about CASM, and then decided to enrol.

The goal behind Papageorgiou signing up to CASM was to get the most out of his learning during his CA Program experience. He discovered that attending CASM classes was a beneficial way for him to enhance his understanding of the module content, grow his knowledge and prepare for assessments. 

Louie Papageorgiou CA

I found CASM really useful for understanding the content you learn in the CA Program. When you attend CASM workshops, they’re taught with the facilitator's first-hand experience at the forefront. Often they will use personal anecdotes and there are other candidates who you can relate to in the session, it’s the ideal environment to be in and learn in,” Papageorgiou says.

“It provided a bit more structure and a bit of an extra push, just to make sure I’m on track. How they structure CASM, it’s a good recap of what you’ve learnt throughout the modules. It helps you prepare for the online assessments and then by the time you get to the exam at the end, you feel much more confident about it all.”

When you attend CASM workshops, they’re taught with the facilitator's first-hand experience at the forefront. Often they will use personal anecdotes and there are other candidates who you can relate to in the session, it’s the ideal environment to be in and learn in.
Louie Papageorgiou CA Senior accountant at Chi Berkowitz.

The flexible structure of CASM’s workshops and the workshop timetable was a factor that Papageorgiou really appreciated as there were so many days and times available.

He also found that the additional study support from the CASM program really enhanced his overall CA Program learning experience. 

“CASM helped the CA Program content sink in a lot more for me, especially for tax because that is my main focus in my workplace. Even to this day, I still go back to my CASM notes regularly,” Papageorgiou says.

“I made a few friends too which was great, and I still keep in touch with them. It’s good to be able to chat to accountants from other firms to see how they do things and get other perspectives,” Papageorgiou says. 

For others enrolled in the CA Program and considering CASM, Papageorgiou has some advice.

“You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain. It's a great environment to be in, assisting you to get the most out of the CA Program .”

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