Our experience with the Examination so far shows that the better prepared you are, the better you will likely do. Candidates who begin their preparation a month or so ahead of the Examination date aren't allowing themselves enough time.
As a reminder, the Professional Examination deals with three areas:
- Public interest
- Professional responsibility
How can you prepare? Here are two tips from other Candidates:
- Review your work experience and mentorship logs: as you've progressed through your career, you've encountered situations that offered learning opportunities in the areas you'll be examined on. A review of your work and mentorship logs allows you to think about those opportunities, what you learned at the time, and what you can add to that learning based on further experience. Your work logs can be especially helpful regarding the public interest, but there may also be material on professional responsibility and ethical behaviour. It might be helpful to grab a copy of the CIP Code of Professional Conduct and cross-reference it with your logs.
- Talk with your Mentor and/or Sponsor: this is a natural follow-up to a log review. Were there situations you encountered that were especially challenging from a professional or ethical perspective? Discuss them with your Mentor or Sponsor. Ask your Mentor/Sponsor what s/he would have done. Did your Mentor/Sponsor ever encounter a similar situation? How did s/he handle it? What situations taught him/her the most about professional or ethical behaviour, or about public interest?
As always, best of luck with your Examination!