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To become a fully qualified CPA you must have completed a degree level qualification recognised by CPA Australia. Your degree can be completed while you are studying the CPA Program. The recognition of degree level studies is also important as exemptions from Foundation exams can only be gained from completed subjects that CPA Australia recognises are at degree level.


A degree recognised by CPA Australia must be at least equivalent to Australian bachelor degree level. To determine whether your qualification is comparable to an Australian degree, CPA Australia uses standards issued by the Australian Government Department of Education and other international benchmarks.

Please be aware that although some international qualifications are called Bachelor or Master degrees, they, do not always meet CPA Australia’s standards as higher education frameworks vary significantly around the world.You can check our accredited course search for some of the undergraduate qualifications that are recognised as degrees.

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We know you have your own approach to study and everyone is juggling different work and personal commitments. That’s why the CPA Program is available in three approaches, so you can work to your own timeline and find the level of support you need to succeed.

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