The three steps to CPA status
There are three requirements you need to satisfy in order to advance to CPA status:
- You need to hold a degree-level qualification
To become a CPA you must hold a degree-level qualification recognised by CPA Australia. You can check your initial membership application to see if you notified us about your degree status when you first became a member. If you didn't, you can simply update your application with your degree completion evidence.
- You need to successfully complete the CPA Program education component
Check to see if you have successfully completed all your required CPA Program subjects by logging into My CPA Program. For some members who joined via a Mutual Recognition Agreement, you may have additional CPD requirements to complete – contact us if you are unsure.
- You need to satisfy the Your Experience requirement
To satisfy Your Experience you must submit a claims application that provides details of 36 months of experience and 10 skills. Your application must be verified by a CPA, FCPA or other fully qualified IFAC member.
When we'll notify you
Once you have met all of your individual requirements you'll be notified of your new status via email.
If you believe you're eligible to advance to CPA status but have not received notification from CPA Australia, contact us.
When can you use the CPA designation?
As soon as you have received email confirmation from us about your new CPA status, you can start to use your CPA designation.
Remember to update your online profiles, business cards and resume.
There's more information on our page about what's next about professional development, membership obligations and member services.
When will you receive your certificate?
Certificate presentation ceremony dates and times vary by location. Some larger Australian states may run a presentation ceremony twice a year and others once a year. In smaller divisional locations the ceremony may be combined with the annual divisional AGM. Your email confirmation will provide you with details about your certificate presentation ceremony. If you have any questions about your certificate or ceremony, contact us.
Your membership fee
As an Associate member, you've paid a discounted annual membership fee each year. As a CPA, your next annual membership renewal notice (sent in November) will automatically update to reflect the CPA status fee for the following year.
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Academic misconduct policy
This policy sets out the process and procedures for identifying, investigating and responding to incidents of Academic Misconduct by candidates who have enrolled in the CPA Program or Foundation exams
Reasonable Adjustment policy
This policy covers reasonable adjustments that may be made to a study guide or exam conditions offered by CPA Australia
Subject cancellations and deferrals policy
This policy establishes guidelines and procedures for subject cancellations and deferrals for candidates who are enrolled in the CPA Program.
Special consideration policy
This policy covers eligibility for Special Consideration and the process of applying for Special Consideration.
Exam scheduling policy
This policy establishes the guidelines and procedures for exam scheduling and rescheduling for candidates who are enrolled in CPA Program distance learning subjects.