How to apply
To start the CPA Program, you’ll need to be a member of CPA Australia
Attend an information session to discover how becoming a CPA can advance your career
Study your way
While most candidates study the CPA Program via distance learning, full-time and combined postgraduate options are available in some regions
Our Foundation exams allow you to demonstrate the competencies required to begin the CPA Program
- Personal and career development
Membership pathways and arrangements
We've collaborated with leading accounting bodies around the world to give practitioners access to pathways to CPA membership
The CPA Program pathway
Integrating education and practical experience, our program uses current and internationally relevant content to provide an understanding of the issues that organisations face every day.
If you’ve studied an accounting-related degree, it's likely you can enter the CPA Program directly. In some cases, you may need to complete further studies.
Below are the elements that make up the CPA Program.
Pathway to CPA status
Preparing for the CPA Program
Many CPA Program candidates follow a traditional entry pathway by completing an accredited degree, but we also welcome applicants with diverse educational backgrounds.
Foundation exams provide the background required to begin the CPA Program. They are flexible and self-paced – you can enrol any time and choose where and when you’ll sit your exam.
Read more information on Foundation exams
Guide to CPA Library
The CPA Australia library has a large range of online and physical resources for our members to borrow. Here’s how to use it
My Library items
Easily manage your library items online. View and renew current loans, request new items or view your previous loan history
International accreditation guidelines
The primary purpose of accrediting higher education accounting programs is to assure the quality of educational programs and their providers, and promote improvements in accounting education.
In-semester support and learning resources
CPA Program candidates have access to a range of support and resources to help you master your studies and manage your time
New Public Practice Program launched
The program has been developed with insights from CPA Australia public practitioners.
Exams and assessment
CPA Program exams are designed to assess your knowledge and understanding