CPA Australia welcomes and supports professionals from all around the world. No matter what industry you're in or where you're at in your career, you can apply. To have your qualifications assessed, you will need to complete an online membership application.
Your membership application will determine if you are eligible to begin the CPA Program or if you are required to successfully complete Foundation exams first.
Professionals who are qualified in countries other than Australia can apply for membership. CPA Australia has a number of pathways with international accounting and finance professional bodies.
There are three types of membership, starting with Associate (ASA) membership, and progressing through to Fellow (FCPA). Continued use of any designation is dependent on maintaining membership with CPA Australia, and compliance with the obligations in CPA Australia's Constitution, By-Laws, the Code of Professional Conduct and applicable regulations.
You become an Associate in order to commence the CPA Program. As an Associate you have six years to complete the CPA Program, including six education subjects and the Your Experience requirement, in order to become a CPA.
Depending on your prior study and work experience, you may gain recognition toward Your experience requirement.
As an ASA, you also have access to the many benefits of membership. You will belong to a global network of CPA Australia members, and receive special rates on products and services, discounts on professional development and access to valuable resources to enhance your career.
To become a CPA, you must:
- hold a degree recognised by CPA Australia, in any discipline
- have completed the CPA Program, including Your Experience, within six years
To be able to offer public accounting services, a CPA must also hold a public practice certificate in accordance with CPA Australia's By-Laws.
Highly-experienced CPAs can become a Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA). You must be a CPA with at least 15 years' full-time work in accounting, finance or business, including at least five years in an executive position or as a public accountant.
Financial Planning Specialisation
CPAs can also apply for a Financial Planning Specialisation, to demonstrate their specialist knowledge of financial planning.
Joining as a member means you will have access to the many privileges of membership. You will belong to a global network of CPA Australia members, and receive special rates on products and services, discounts on professional development and access to valuable resources to enhance your career.
It also means committing to the obligations outlined in CPA Australia’s Constitution and By-Laws, the Code of Professional Conduct and applicable regulations.