Skills assessment for general skilled migration   

To receive a positive result for your chosen Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) code, you will need:

  • a qualification that is assessed by CPA Australia as equivalent to at least an Australian Bachelor degree
  • to have successfully studied in at least nine of the 12 "core knowledge areas", including the four mandatory core knowledge areas that are relevant to your chosen ANZSCO code
  • to have met the English proficiency requirement.

Skills assessment for temporary visa (subclass 485)

To receive a positive result for your chosen ANZSCO code, you will need:

  • an Australian Bachelor or 12 Unit Master degree majoring in accounting
  • to have successfully studied in at least nine of the 12 "core knowledge areas", including the four mandatory core knowledge areas that are relevant to your chosen ANZSCO code
  • to have met the English proficiency requirement.

What is the subclass 485 skills assessment?

CPA Australia can issue a subclass 485 skills assessment, also known as a "provisional assessment" for recent graduates of Australian educational institutions that are applying for a subclass 485 visa. The requirements for the subclass 485 skills assessment are similar to those of the general migration assessment. However, there are some differences, which include scores that are accepted for meeting the English proficiency requirement.

Suitable provisional skills assessment issued for subclass 485 is not a suitable skills assessment for a Points Tested Skilled Migration visa.

Skilled employment

CPA Australia will recognise your employment claims as closely related to your chosen ANZSCO code if:

  • you have obtained a positive skills assessment for general skilled migration purposes from CPA Australia
  • you started working in your role after you completed the education that enabled you to obtain your positive skills assessment
  • the tasks and duties performed in your role are at an appropriately skilled level and are determined to be relevant to your nominated occupation

What is skilled employment?

Skilled employment is experience that is undertaken after completion of relevant academic qualifications and is relevant to your nominated occupation. Employment gained prior to graduation of your relevant academic qualification, and before you have met the core knowledge requirements of the migration assessment, cannot be taken into consideration.

Core knowledge areas

If you have completed study that is formally accredited by CPA Australia, you can check which core knowledge areas you have completed prior to applying for an assessment by searching for your course.

If your study is not formally accredited by CPA Australia, you will need to include subject outlines with your application so that we can provide you with individual advice on which core knowledge areas have been studied in your qualification.

Here is a list of the core knowledge areas needed for each ANZSCO code. You need to complete all mandatory and at least five optional core knowledge areas:

Accountant (general) 221111, and Management accountant 221112

Mandatory

Optional

  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Accounting Theory
  • Finance
  • Auditing
  • Commercial Law
  • Economics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Information Systems Design and Development
  • Taxation Law
  • Company Law

Taxation accountant 221113

Mandatory

Optional

  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Australian Taxation Law
  • Accounting Theory
  • Finance
  • Auditing
  • Commercial Law
  • Economics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Information Systems Design and Development
  • Company Law

External auditor 221213

Mandatory

Optional

  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • Financial Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Management Accounting
  • Accounting Theory
  • Finance
  • Commercial Law
  • Economics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Information Systems Design and Development
  • Taxation Law
  • Company Law

Finance manager 132211, and Corporate treasurer 221212

Mandatory

Optional

  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Finance
  • Accounting Theory
  • Auditing
  • Commercial Law
  • Economics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Information Systems Design and Development
  • Taxation Law
  • Company Law

English proficiency requirement

General skilled migration

There are two ways to meet the English proficiency requirement for the general skilled migration skills assessment:

  • complete an Academic IELTS test and achieve a score of at least seven in each of the four components (Speaking, Reading, Listening and Writing)
  • complete the Skilled Migration Internship Program for Accountants

Temporary visa (subclass 485)

There is only one way to meet the English proficiency requirement for the temporary visa (subclass 485) skills assessment:

  • complete a General or Academic IELTS test and achieve a score of at least 6 in each of the four components (Speaking, Reading, Listening and Writing)

The English proficiency requirement for the skills assessment is not related to Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) English language threshold. Exemptions on the basis of holding a passport from or citizenship of certain countries are not available for the skills assessment.

Why are CPA Australia's English proficiency requirements different to the Department’s?

To ensure all applicants are assessed equally and according to criteria that will ultimately help to generate employment outcomes, the migration assessment’s English Proficiency requirement may sometimes differ from other English proficiency requirements you encounter throughout your visa application process. In order to achieve a positive migration assessment from CPA Australia, you will need to ensure that you meet the English proficiency requirements set out above.