Rob Thomason

I would like to warmly welcome candidates to Semester 1. I hope you’ve all enjoyed a break from your studies you are all looking forward to a productive semester ahead. Now’s the time to put your study plan in place to ensure you get the most out of your semester. I encourage you all to use all the resources now available in My Online Learning. Your study guide is your primary learning resource, but you should take advantage of all the additional resources which complement the study guide.

Plan your time

Most of you will be taking on your study whilst you’re working – so it’s important you plan well. In the inside cover of your study guide, you’ll find a table that shows the module guide and exam weighting and how you should allocate your time studying each module. You should also login to My Online Learning and study companion and mark-allocation resources guide. These tools in conjunction with your semester study planner found on the inside back cover of your study guide will set your plan up for success!

Use My Online Learning

From this week all your extra learning resources are available in My Online Learning. I can’t reiterate enough the importance of visiting My Online Learning regularly – to use all the resources available for each module. We develop these extra resources to help reinforce your learning. You’ll also find useful diagrams in My Online Learning which will help you understand what resources to use, and in what order, to get the most out of your learning experience.

Interactive resources

Our interactive resources are designed to allow you to practice what you’re learning, this is a great way to enrich your understanding of your subject matter. We hope this will also build your confidence In the content. We have interactive resources available for all core subjects to enable you to apply the theory you’re learning in a more engaging environment, and to see the impact of decisions and learn the results. Our resources vary between each subject so login to My Online Learning to access your case studies, videos, interactive tasks and business simulations.

CPA Program Essentials

These workshops and webinar are designed especially for new candidates or existing candidates who may prefer more structure and guidance to adjusting to the flexible learning style that the CPA Program offers. There are still a few places left at the remaining sessions and the webinar, and the recording will be made available shortly after the webinar has been held on Thursday 1 February.

Introduction of Investment Strategies

This semester we’ve introduced Investment Strategies as a new elective in the CPA Program. This subject covers complex areas of financial planning and has been of great interest to candidates and many of you have chosen to enrol in this subject this semester.

Changes from next Semester

From next semester we are making important changes to Advanced Taxation and uplifting the content and learning outcomes so that it’s in-line with postgraduate studies and will contribute to your taxation requirements for registration as a Registered Tax Adviser with the Tax Practitioner’s Board. We are also offering our Malaysia Taxation subject through a local provider from Semester 2 candidates impacted by this will hear more on this in the coming weeks.

I wish you all the best with your studies this semester and if you have questions, you can contact our Member Services team, or email me at, I always enjoy hearing from you.

Rob Thomason
Executive General Manager, Education