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As part of your membership application you will need to provide supporting documentation so that we can verify the information you have provided. You will be prompted to upload digital copies of your original documents as you go through the online application. Your personal outcome cannot be confirmed until all the required documents are provided and you have ticked the relevant statement boxes in the application.


All documents must be digital colour scans of your originals. If an original document is not in English, a corresponding English translation by a professional translator must be provided. Both the original and the translated documents need to be provided.

The digital copies of the documents you upload in your application must:

• Be in colour, clear and legible*
• Be clearly named in English with a brief description
• Be in one of the following formats: JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG, PDF, TIFF. Please note that encrypted PDF or compressed files will not be accepted.

*Please use a resolution of at least 300 dpi or have a file size greater than 1 MB but less than 10 MB.

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Transcripts can be from a tertiary degree, postgraduate tertiary degree or professional body qualification. We will accept official e-copies of transcripts where the institution, your full name and results are clear.
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If you have completed your degree, and this is not stated in your official transcript, you will need to provide a degree certificate or completion letter that states the degree is ‘complete’.


If you haven’t completed the online identity verification, please provide one of the following:

Passport (ID page)
National ID card
Birth certificate
Drivers licence (with photo)


In either Australia or New Zealand, if you are acting as a principal in public practice, or undertaking any accounting services in your own right, you will need to upload the following information:

• Details of your role and ownership
• Outline of the services offered to the public
• Confirmation that you hold a public practice certificate (PPC)

Find out more about public practice.


If you claim membership of an accounting or finance professional body, you will be required to provide a letter of good standing. The content of your letter should provide the following:

• The date you joined your professional body
• The date you achieved your current member status
• The date your membership fee is paid until
• Confirmation that you are not a member of your professional body by virtue of a mutual recognition agreement
• Confirmation that you are not subject to any disciplinary sanctions or investigation and have not been subject to any disciplinary sanctions

Additional requirements apply to members of Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Find out more

Professional bodies

CPA Australia has affiliations with a range of leading professional bodies all around the world, meaning CPAs are internationally recognised. If you are a member or have undertaken studies with a recognised body, in most cases you can apply for an equivalent CPA Australia membership or exemptions from the CPA Program, via a range of mutual recognition agreements and pathways.