Mentored Experience Program
The Mentored Experience Program (MEP) is designed to provide
a structured approach to your workplace learning and
ongoing professional development.
It is entirely a work-experience based program guided by a
mentor and is a
support mechanism for your career development. The purpose of the
program is for you to work with a more experienced accountant who
can guide and assist you in the early stages of your career.
In the program you will complete suitable work experience and
provide documentary evidence relating to a number of agreed areas
of work activity under the supervision of a mentor.
Entrants to the MEP normally begin in entry level work such as
bookkeeping and accounts payable roles before gaining more complex
knowledge and increasing seniority as you are guided through agreed
upon areas of activity.
At the end of the MEP, you will have acquired skills and
experience that will give you greater professional opportunities,
higher self-confidence and enhanced recognition in your work place
to help you advance your career.
The MEP is an important condition for advancement
to Member, Institute of Public Accountant level of membership
In addition to qualifying you for MIPA status, the MEP
identifies you as someone who is committed to ongoing career and
We encourage all members to enrol in the IPA Program and the MEP
simultaneously where possible, though it is not compulsory to do
the two programs
together. However both programs must be completed to advance
to MIPA status. You may be eligible for exemption from the MEP
- please refer to the MEP Information Pack*.
The MEP Information Pack contains all the forms that you will need
to register for the Program.
As the program is work-experience based, you will accumulate
documented experience that will help you prove your abilities to
future employers to gain and excel in future roles.
A mentor can help new entrants into the profession through their
experience and insight as senior qualified accountants. The key
role of the mentor is to provide guidance and to act as a sounding
board. This allows the mentee to ask
questions, seek assistance, brainstorm, or to talk through issues
*If you have trouble downloading the MEP Information Pack, or
require more information, call your nearest division on 1800 625
625 or +61 3 8665 3100 for international queries.