I am leaving my current firm for a better opportunity and I want to leave in a good term. I am done with 3 sections of CPA exams and I am taking the last one in October. I am worried that the 2 partners of my current firm would not sign off the time I worked towards the CPA certification because I am quitting. I have been with my current firm for over 3 years now. I keep a good work relationship with the 2 partners and coworkers, but I don't have any personal relationship with them because of big age gap. (2 partners are 60 and 70 years old. I am 25.) For growth concerns, I started looking for a senior position in greater size firms for over a year now and finally got an offer last Friday. I am going to give a month notice (only 2 weeks required/non-exempt) because I think it is a courtesy to stay until 10/15 (after all the returns are done). My questions are:
1. Can the partners refuse to sign off my experience?
2. Can I ask the partners to sign off my experience now even though I am not done with the CPA exam?
3. What is a better approach to leave in good term? (I am writing a polite resignation letter. Is there anything else I should do?)
Any advice is appreciated.