Eligibility for becoming a CPA
Learn more about your eligibility to become a CPA depending on your career stage
How to apply
Begin or continue your application now to become a member of CPA Australia
Attend an information session to discover how becoming a CPA can advance your career
Study your way
You can study the CPA Program via distance learning, and via full-time or postgraduate options in some regions
Our foundation exams allow you to demonstrate the competencies required to begin the CPA Program
Pathways to CPA Australia from other designations
Find out if your membership with another accounting body will assist you in becoming a member of CPA Australia
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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
In-semester support and learning resources
Access a range of resources and support to help you master your studies and manage your time
How to advance to CPA status
Once you’ve met your CPA Program requirements, you’ll be eligible to advance from Associate member to CPA status
Now you're a CPA: what's next?
Congratulations, you’re now a CPA! Being a CPA is a validation of your knowledge, integrity and commitment to maintaining a high level of professional ethics and standards
Exams and assessment
CPA Program exams are designed to assess your knowledge and understanding
Member recognition ceremonies
Celebrate your achievement with friends, family and peers
If you have completed the CPA Program, you may be able to claim credits towards specialist Master and MBA degrees