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.

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

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

  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Accounting Theory

Optional

  • Finance
  • Auditing
  • Commercial Law
  • Economics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Information Systems Design and Development
  • Taxation Law
  • Company Law

Taxation accountant 221113

Mandatory

  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Australian Taxation Law

Optional

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


External auditor 221213

Mandatory

  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • Financial Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Management Accounting

Optional

  • 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

  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Finance

Optional

• 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 Citizenship's English language threshold. Exemptions on the basis of holding a passport from or citizenship of certain countries are not available for the skills assessment.

English language proficiency

Q. What is IELTS?

A. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an English language proficiency test designed to assess an applicant’s English language ability in the four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Q. Why does CPA Australia ask me to demonstrate my English language skills through an IELTS test score?

A. Australian employers are looking to employ individuals with a well-developed English language competency, effective communication and problem solving skills and the ability to work as part of a team. Accountants are expected to be able to communicate advice and ideas in diverse collaborative contents with accountants and non-accountants. You should be able to handle complex language well and understand detailed reasoning. Reading, writing, listening and speaking are all important aspects of effective communication.

 

Q. What IELTS test format do I need for my migration application?

A. You will need the Academic module. General Training module will not be accepted by CPA Australia for General Skilled Migration (GSM) purposes. If you are applying for the Graduate (Temporary) Visa (subclass 485), either a General or Academic IELTS format is accepted.

 

Q. What is the minimum English language level CPA Australia requires for migration purposes?

A. For GSM purposes, CPA Australia requires applicants to provide IELTS documentation which shows they have successfully achieved a minimum score of band 7, in the IELTS Academic module, in each of the four parts – listening, reading, writing and speaking.

For Graduate (Temporary) Visa (subclass 485) purposes, CPA Australia requires applicants to provide IELTS documentation which shows they have successfully achieved a minimum score of band 6, in either IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training module, in each of the four parts – listening, reading, writing and speaking.

 

Q. How do I provide my IELTS documentation?

A. A certified true copy of your IELTS Test Report Form must be sent to CPA Australia with your other supporting documents.

Q. How do I register  for an IELTS test?

A. For information on the IELTS registration process and other related details, please visit www.ielts.org

 

Q. What if I have misplaced my IELTS Test Report Form?

Contact IELTS about your options. CPA Australia is a receiving organisation.

 

Q. How long are the IELTS results valid for?

A. IELTS Test Report Forms are valid for two years.

Q. I am already a member of CPA Australia. Do I need to provide an IELTS test result to have a migration assessment?

A. Yes. Members of CPA Australia must meet the same requirements for the skill assessment as all other applicants, including the English language proficiency requirement.