Rob Thomason

Hello everyone,

Welcome to 2017 and happy new year to you. I hope you’ve all had a restful break from your study and are now getting ready for a successful year ahead.

In my last message to you all I mentioned that we were busy working on a number of new developments in the CPA Program. And today I’d like to remind you of the changes ahead this year.

Early access to your study guide

If you’ve already enrolled for this semester, you’ll no doubt be enjoying the head start that now comes with immediate access to a PDF of your study guide. I often receive feedback that you’d like extra time to study – so if you enrolled straight away, you’d have an extra eight weeks of study time. That’s a great incentive to enrol early!

If you haven’t yet enrolled for Semester 1, I encourage you to do so as soon as you can.

Study smart - access all your resources

While the PDF of your study guide is available immediately, I’d like to remind you that your extra learning resources won’t be available in My Online Learning until the official semester start date on 6 February. It’s important that you visit My Online Learning again at the start of semester, and do so regularly – week by week ideally – to use all the resources available for each module in your subject. We develop these extra resources to complement the study guide and help consolidate your learning. I continue to be surprised that some candidates don’t appear to utilise everything available and I strongly encourage you to do so.

You’ll also find useful diagrams in My Online Learning helping you understand what resources to use, and in what order, to make sure you get the most out of your learning experience.

New subjects in financial advice

A career in financial advice is an exciting one – it’s a dynamic sector that gives you the opportunity to utilise your trusted skills as a CPA as you provide quality and comprehensive advice to the general public. It’s also a great career path to take if you want to start your own business.

The nature of the industry means that it’s highly regulated, and if you want a career in this space you’ll need to meet both the education and licensing requirements. Now, you can make inroads into the education requirements while you’re studying the CPA Program.

We’re introducing new education comprising four subjects – up to two of which may be completed as electives in the CPA Program, with the remaining subjects to be completed after the CPA program. When you complete all four subjects you’ll satisfy the current education requirements required by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), and you’ll be ready to take your next steps to becoming licensed. This is an exciting development, and I encourage you to find out more.

Last chance to sit GSL with the pre-seen case studies

From Semester 2 2017, the Global Strategy and Leadership (GSL) exam will no longer be based ‘pre-seen’ case studies. We’re replacing those lengthy pre-seen case studies with shorter case studies, presented within the exam, these will be easily read and understood within the existing exam time available of 3 hours and 15 minutes.

If you’re eligible to enrol in Global Strategy and Leadership, and you’d like to sit your exam under the current exam structure, this is your final semester to do so.

There are many other develops afoot this year and I’ll keep you updated here. I encourage you to read all the information we’re providing to make sure you’re fully informed. If you have questions, you can contact our Member Services team, or email me on I always enjoy hearing from you.

Rob Thomason
Executive General Manager, Education