In February 2009, the Institute of Chartered Accountants India (ICAI) and CPA Australia entered into a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) to further develop the relationship between the two bodies and establish guidelines on how qualified members can gain reciprocal membership.

The period of the MRA is for five years and it will be revisited for possible renewal near the end of this term.

Pathway to membership

The following steps demonstrate the pathway for ICAI members to become an Associate (ASA) member of CPA Australia member under the conditions of the MRA.

Step 1: Determine eligibility

CPA Australia accepts membership applications from around the globe. If you are a full Associate member of ICAI, you are eligible to apply for CPA Australia membership if you:

  • are a member of good standing and not currently subject to any disciplinary sanctions or investigations
  • did not gain entry through another MRA
  • have successfully completed:
    • the ICAI exams
    • the ICAI practical experience requirements

and

  • hold a university degree recognised by the Australian Education International – National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition as being at least equivalent to Australian bachelor degree level. This will be determined during the assessment of your application

or

  • have at least five years' work experience in professional accounting

Step 2: Complete application

Complete the application form (PDF) and submit it with the following:

  • assessment fee and membership fee
  • certified true copies of 100 points of identification (see application form for points values)
  • an original, or certified, copy of a letter of good standing from ICAI that contains:
    • the date you joined ICAI
    • the date you achieved your current member status
    • the date your membership fees are paid until
    • confirmation that you are not a member of ICAI through another MRA
    • confirmation that you are not subject to any disciplinary sanctions or investigation and have not been subject to any disciplinary sanctions
  • certified true copy of an official transcript from ICAI
  • certified true copies of university academic awards and official transcripts or mark sheets or workplace testimonials
  • certified true copies of change of name documentation (if applicable)

Step 3: Submit application

Send your application with certified true copies of your documents to ma.comms@cpaaustralia.com.au or mail them to:

CPA Australia
Member Services
GPO Box 2820
MELBOURNE VIC 3001
Australia

Alternatively, you can mail your application to your nearest CPA Australia office

Step 4: Processing of application

Your application will take approximately 10 to 15 working days to process. If there are any queries about your application, a CPA Australia employee will contact you.

If your application is successful, an email will be sent to you informing you of your success. A welcome pack will follow by post.

If your application is unsuccessful, an email will be sent to you outlining the reasons why. We will provide advice about how you can meet CPA Australia's membership requirements.

Step 5: Advance to CPA status

Once you become an ASA member of CPA Australia, you must complete the following study units within two years:

  • CPD063 – Better Practice in Governance and Accountability
  • CPA117 – Global Strategy and Leadership

An enrolment form for these study units will be sent to you when your application for membership is approved, or you can download it from this page. Upon successful completion of both courses, you will automatically advance to CPA status. You will receive a CPA certificate and will then be eligible to use the CPA designation