Who will guide you along the journey?
A practical experience supervisor is an individual who supports your development in the workplace and reviews your progress and achievement at work.
Your practical experience supervisor should guide and support you by:
helping you identify which performance objectives you should aim to achieve
setting performance targets and timescales
providing access to appropriate work experience and supporting your development, for example arranging job rotations, project work or other opportunities for you to gain relevant experience
evaluating and reviewing your progress on a regular basis
signing off the performance objectives you've achieved
signing off the time in a relevant role you're claiming towards the 36 months requirement.
It is important that your supervisor has the knowledge and experience to support you. They will be assessing whether you have met performance objectives so it's essential they have the expertise to do this.
"My supervisor was able to identify and delegate specific job responsibilities that helped me achieve many of my performance objectives."
Cherisse Charles-Bradshaw - Accountant II, International Game Technology (Trinidad)
Choosing the right supervisor
Your practical experience supervisor has to decide when you’ve achieved your performance objectives. Therefore, it must be someone who:
is a qualified accountant*
works closely with you
knows your work.
In most cases, your practical experience supervisor will be your line manager or someone you report to on particular projects or activities.
Decide in advance how often you’ll need to meet your supervisor and how much time you’ll require, so you can choose one who’ll be able to provide sufficient input and give you the support you need.
Line manager not qualified
If your supervisor is not qualified they can sign-off the time you've completed in a relevant role, and you can choose a second, qualified supervisor who can work with your manager to sign-off your performance objectives.
This could be:
another manager in your organisation
one of your organisation's external accountants or auditors.
Multiple practical experience supervisors
You may have more than one supervisor - or several different supervisors over a period of time - who are responsible for helping you to achieve different performance objectives.
Friends and family
Where possible you should not have a friend or relative as your practical experience supervisor to avoid any potential conflicts of interest. Where this is not possible, you should disclose the relationship to AACA when you are applying for admission to membership.