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DChA experience route sample scripts

We have put together some sample scripts based on past Examinations of Experience that have achieved a good pass standard. We have chosen examples from two practitioners and two accountants working in a charity.

When reviewing these scripts, please note the following:

When preparing your application, the assessors expect you to provide details of experience from your employment during the last five years. The specimen scripts are taken from applications made in 2007 and 2008, therefore the examples given were applicable at that time.

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The specimen scripts have been amended to maintain the anonymity of the applicants. Where appropriate, an indication has been given of the financial size (level of income and assets) of the charities referred to, so examples are placed in context.

The specimen scripts have been taken from both large and small charities. When applying you should not be concerned with the absolute financial size of the charity or the examples being discussed, but should focus on examples that are material to the charity.

In general terms, the scripts display the characteristics of successful scripts as highlighted in the guidance within the application form. Some individual answers do not display all of these characteristics (for example, not all of the specimen scripts include ethical issues), but they all achieve at least the pass standard for each requirement.

For requirement 1 of the Examination of Experience, three of the four scripts have used SORP 2005 as their subject matter. Please note that this was highly topical at the time of their application and was a popular choice. While the implementation of SORP 2005 may still be within the five-year window for applications made in 2010, you may wish to consider other more recent technical developments such as Charity Commission policy, best regulatory practice publications or recent Government papers.

Other than for requirement 1 of the Examination of Experience, the scripts present a broad range of scenarios emphasising the wide scope of each requirement as envisaged by the assessors in the illustrative list of examples provided for each on the application form.