Rob Thomason

The exam period for 2017 is now over and I would like to congratulate all candidates who recently sat their exams. This semester we had 26,400 scheduled exams over 75 countries. Our CPA Program further increased its global footprint, with exams being held in Marshall Islands and Micronesia for the first time this semester. We also had candidates sitting exams in new regional locations including Weipa, Queensland for the first time – which is a testament to both the global and flexible nature of the CPA Program. The first Superannuation and Retirement Planning exams were also held this semester, for those candidates who have elected to integrate their financial planning advice learning as part of the CPA Program.

This exam period was also a first for the new format for the Global Strategy and Leadership written response answers – where the case study was provided to you in the exam, rather than beforehand. This was to ensure you could utilise all your study time in semester, and not spend the final two weeks of revision time worrying about your case study. We also completed our suite of digital learning resources, with the business simulation for Global Strategy and Leadership to allow you to apply your theory in a real-world example. We are always looking to improve our candidates learning experience and these resources are a testament to that. We had an increase in computer based exams - now just under 96.2% of all our exams undertaken, which is in-line with our initiative to deliver a CPA Program that is as flexible as possible.

I hope you are all looking forward to your hard work coming into fruition when you receive your results on Friday 8 December; it is the culmination of your productive semester, and we enjoy hearing the success stories as they appear in social media and filter through our customer service teams.

If you have any feedback on your semester, you can contact me at

Rob Thomason
Executive General Manager, Education