CPA Australia has an overall vision for accreditation. This includes the philosophy, objectives, expectations and requirements for professional accreditation of accounting degrees.
Section 1: Principles underlying accreditation
We're committed to ensuring excellence in accounting education by cooperating with higher education providers to achieve professional accreditation.
Section 2: Accreditation standards
We've developed the accreditation standards which the quality of higher education accounting programs and their providers will be assessed against.
Section 3: Technical and professional competency areas and learning outcomes
Professionally-accredited degree programs must equip students with the relevant professional skills and be focused on learning outcomes.
Section 4: Accreditation process
We encourage higher education providers to use the following information to complete an initial assessment of the accounting program they’d like accredited. This helps check eligibility before applying.
Section 5: Frequently asked questions
View some of the frequently asked questions about accreditation requirements, obligations, process and program promotion.
Section 6: Accreditation submission templates
The following section provides the templates that need to be completed for accreditation submissions and the ongoing requirements of accredited programs.
Appendix 1: Glossary of terms
Appendix 2: Technical competency areas and learning outcomes (detailed)
Appendix 3: Professional competency areas and learning outcomes (detailed)
Appendix 4: Twinning arrangements – additional requirements
Purpose of accreditation guidelines
- Inform new higher education providers of the professional standards to be met for professional accreditation of their new accounting program/s
- Refer to Section 6: Accreditation submission templates - Template 1:New provider
- Inform existing higher education providers of the professional standards to be met for professional accreditation of any new or revised accounting program they may be planning
- Refer to Section 6: Accreditation submission templates - Template 2: Existing provider
- Inform all higher education providers of the annual reporting and five-yearly review requirements to maintain professional accreditation of their accounting program/s
- Refer to Section 6: Accreditation submission templates - Template 3: Annual report and Template 4: Program reaccreditation
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