CPA Australia is one of the world's largest accounting bodies with a global membership of more than 163,750 members (as at 31 December 2017) working in 125 countries and regions around the world.

Our core services to members include education, training, technical support and advocacy. Employees and members work together with local and international bodies to represent the views and concerns of the profession to governments, regulators, industries, academia and the general public.

Our vision

Partnering with members to prepare for today and tomorrow in a globally connected world. 

Our purpose

Advancing trusted and valued accounting and business professionals who enhance their communities. 

What is a CPA?

A Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) is a finance, accounting and business professional with a specific qualification. Being a CPA is a mark of high professional competence. It indicates a soundness in depth, breadth and quality of accountancy knowledge.

CPAs are widely regarded by employers and members. It provides members with an internationally recognised qualification as well as the opportunity to complete specialist training and continuing professional development (CPD). To use the CPA designation, a member must:

  • complete a degree or a postgraduate award recognised by CPA Australia
  • complete the CPA Program, including three years of professional experience in finance, accounting or business
  • undertake CPD activities each year
  • comply to a strict code of conduct set by CPA Australia.

To offer public accounting services, CPAs must also complete CPA Australia's Public Practice Program, which involves distance learning and an Intensive, and must hold a Public Practice Certificate in accordance with the CPA Australia's by-laws.