When I started CGA (Certified General Accountants) Program of Professional Studies in 2011, my credentials from the Philippines were assessed at Level 4- Advanced but it was spelled out in my admission letter that my bachelor's degree does not satisfy the degree component of the program. As part of the opportunity I don't have to go through college again I just need to take 5 courses, on top of the CGA courses.
Aside from 5 degree courses, I need to pass 10 CGA exams (Six courses from Level 4 and four courses from PACE Level, two of that are big national exams) to get my CGA designation. I know Level 1-3 exemption is pretty good but I think I deserve the degree credit, I have MBA aside from my Bachelor's degree from the Philippines. I tried to appeal, but CGA was firm with their decision that I should take the additional courses for the degree. They said I could have my credentials assessed with WES – World Education Services and IQAS – International Qualifications Assessment Service and will accept the assessment outcome on either organization. Assessment from these organization is not free and I heard that its almost impossible to qualify from other assessing organization when you initially failed at CGA. I still wanna try. I was busy with my CGA courses so I wasn't able to gather all requirements for assessment. Just recently, after completing Level 4 I started gathering the requirements, thanks to the help of my brothers and Bem back home.
I was praying that I will get the credits because I am so tired studying already, it's not easy to prepare for exams while working. It's just so draining, In my mind I decided to quit a millions times, specially that time when I failed two exams, same course, tagal kong naka get over. Anyways, before I could submit my credentials, I received a letter from CGA telling me that they did a re-evaluation and I am among those who met the criteria so, I have now satisfied the degree component of the program!!!!! Yeyyyy!!! I was so surprised, as always when I'm home and excited I jumped, danced, went crazy... I wasn't expecting this! After two years!!! God answers prayers, we just need to wait and believe! 5 courses is 15 months, that is a big chunk from my CGA timeline. Four more courses to go and I'm done with the program. I do have some open sessions (no courses available for me) so God willing, I will have my CGA designation by Spring 2015. That is so soon compared to let's say, winter of 2016! Well, I don't care when I will get my designation just the fact that I only have four more exams to write, I am so thrilled! Less courses, less study time, less stress! Yay!!!! I am just so happy! God is good!