Become a CPA

Support your career with the CPA Program

You can never know what's around the corner, but with the right preparation, you can be ready for it. The CPA Program allows you to safeguard your career with the backing of a world-renowned designation and a network of industry experts.

CPA Program enrolments are now open for Semester 1 2021. Take the next step in your career by applying for membership and enrolling in the CPA Program.

Be Ready. Support you future with the CPA Program. 

Member stories

Find out more about the value our members have gained from studying the CPA Program and how the designation has future-proofed their careers.

Start the CPA Program with confidence

Your enrolment in the CPA Program grants you access to Guided Learning - a platform of study resources designed to help you stay motivated, on-track, and gain a deeper understanding of key accounting concepts and principles.

Proven to support Associate members to achieve better exam results across all CPA Program subjects, Guided Learning focuses your study and streamlines your learning, allowing you more time for work, life, and everything in between. Whether you prefer flexibility or structure, consistency or cramming, there has never been a better time to study with CPA Australia.

THE CPA PROGRAM

Integrating education and experience, our program uses contemporary and internationally relevant material to provide you with an understanding of dynamic issues facing organisations today. If you have studied an accounting-related degree, you will likely go straight into the CPA Program. In some cases, you may need to complete further studies. The diagram below outlines program elements:

YOUR APPLICATION

CPA PROGRAM

Includes four compulsory subjects, two electives and an experience component that will give you the skills to stand out in the real world.

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Learn the application of ethical principles, together with a strong knowledge of key corporate governance principles and mechanisms.

Apply accounting standards, interpret financial reports, and understand the business impacts of financial reports.

Learn how management accounting provides the information critical to the business decision making process. This subject then takes it all one step further and introduces the role of the management accountant in business strategy.

In the capstone subject, you will use strategic analysis to address complex business issues in a competitive and uncertain business environment.

If you have completed recognised studies in taxation and auditing, you can choose any two electives. If you have not completed recognised studies in taxation, you must select Australia Taxation or your local tax variant where available. If you have not completed recognised studies in audit, you must select Advanced Audit and Assurance.

AUSTRALIA TAXATION

Understand and apply fundamental principles of Australian taxation law affecting individuals and business and investment entities. Local taxation units are available for Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand.

AUSTRALIA TAXATION – ADVANCED

Build on fundamental principles of Australian tax law to determine the tax implications of complex business and investment arrangements. Explore specialist taxation topics, including tax theory and tax policy, the taxation of financial arrangements, tax consolidations and international transactions and cross-border tax issues.

ADVANCED AUDIT AND ASSURANCE

Focus on both external and internal audit procedures. This subject will ensure you understand the audit process and are able to apply international standards to complex audits. 

FINANCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT

Recognise the financial risks faced by businesses and understand the key mechanisms and frameworks used to address and manage risk. 

CONTEMPORARY BUSINESS ISSUES

Analyse and evaluate the role of the CPA in contemporary business and how the accounting profession continues to evolve.

If you have completed recognised studies in taxation and auditing, you can choose any two electives. If you have not completed recognised studies in taxation, you must select Australia Taxation or your local tax variant where available. If you have not completed recognised studies in audit, you must select Advanced Audit and Assurance.

AUSTRALIA TAXATION

Understand and apply fundamental principles of Australian taxation law affecting individuals and business and investment entities. Local taxation units are available for Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand.

AUSTRALIA TAXATION – ADVANCED

Build on fundamental principles of Australian tax law to determine the tax implications of complex business and investment arrangements. Explore specialist taxation topics, including tax theory and tax policy, the taxation of financial arrangements, tax consolidations and international transactions and cross-border tax issues.

ADVANCED AUDIT AND ASSURANCE

Focus on both external and internal audit procedures. This subject will ensure you understand the audit process and are able to apply international standards to complex audits. 

FINANCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT

Recognise the financial risks faced by businesses and understand the key mechanisms and frameworks used to address and manage risk. 

CONTEMPORARY BUSINESS ISSUES

Analyse and evaluate the role of the CPA in contemporary business and how the accounting profession continues to evolve.

YOUR DEGREE

degree level qualification recognised by CPA Australia.

YOUR EXPERIENCE

36 months of relevant experience where you will gain skills in four skill areas:

  • Technical 
  • Personal effectiveness
  • Business 
  • Leadership 

You can complete these before, concurrently, or after your CPA Program subjects. 

Information sessions

If you would like to find out more before taking the next step in your career, join us at an upcoming information session.