Through professional accreditation, CPA Australia recognises higher education award based programs that meet the knowledge requirements for Associate membership and CPA Program professional level commencement.

CPA Australia accredits close to 760 accounting programs around the world and partners with 231 higher education providers to ensure the quality of accounting programs remains high and relevant to industry and the profession’s needs.


We currently accredit programs in the following locations:

Australia China  Cyprus
Fiji Hong Kong India
Indonesia Malaysia Macau 
Mauritius New Zealand
Papua New Guinea Singapore Sri Lanka
Thailand United Kingdom Vietnam


Benefits of professional accreditation with CPA Australia:

  • attracts prospective students to your accounting programs
  • provides assurance to prospective students and employers of a quality higher education provider and accounting program
  • gives higher education providers guidance and visibility of benchmarks and standards expected by the professional bodies of their award based programs
  • provides a streamlined pathway to professional membership – completion of an accredited program allows graduates to gain Associate membership and commence the CPA Program professional level
  • ensures graduates are qualified to undertake entry-level accounting roles
  • provides another networking, advocacy and site visit opportunity between higher education providers and the professional bodies regarding educational matters.

Refer to the Australian accreditation guidelines for more information on the benefits, objectives and principles of professional accreditation.

How to apply for accreditation

Higher education providers seeking to have their programs accredited by CPA Australia should:

  • become familiar with the relevant CPA Australia accreditation guidelines, which outline the minimum requirements and associated submissions processes for accreditation of programs
  • complete the submission application by using the editable templates in the accreditation guidelines and provide the supporting documentation to CPA Australia

Higher education providers in Australia and New Zealand

CPA Australia coordinates with the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand to accredit accounting programs in Australia for the profession. This coordinated approach includes common professional accreditation guidelines, assessments, site visits and annual report processes.

Higher education providers outside Australia

The accreditation guidelines for providers outside Australia have recently been updated. Providers who are applying for accreditation of a program for the first time, or for reaccreditation of a program, should use the editable templates in the current guidelines for the submission.

Ongoing accreditation requirements for providers

Each year during the five year accreditation period, providers will be requested to supply updated subject tables through the annual report template detailed in the Australian accreditation guidelines. The subject table information is used to update the accreditation database to ensure that when students start on their journey to become a CPA and need to have their qualifications assessed that we have accurate information on their qualifications.

Frequently asked questions

The frequently asked questions, detailed in the Australian accreditation guidelines, should cover everything providers need to know about the requirements, processes and on-going obligations for accredited programs. For any additional questions, email [email protected] for guidance.

Audit and assurance

CPA Australia will accept accreditation submissions for programs that do not include the competence area of audit and assurance. However, students must still have the opportunity to study this subject as part of their studies through the higher education provider. This competence area may be completed as part of CPA Program professional level studies.

Credit transfer, recognition of prior learning and conceded pass policy

CPA Australia acknowledges the autonomy of higher education providers in granting credit transfers, recognition of prior learning or conceded passes in their own degree programs.

CPA Australia encourages higher education providers to refer to the Australian Qualifications Framework Second Edition January 2013 (PDF) for further guidance.

These policies came into effect from 1 January 2009. Individuals seeking a reassessment of their qualifications should contact [email protected]


Email [email protected] for all questions regarding advertising your accredited program and use of the CPA Australia Accredited Program logo.