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American Institute of Certified Public Accountants / National Association of State Boards of Accountancy

CPA Australia has completed a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with the International Qualifications Appraisal Board representing the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) in the United States and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Under the MRA a CPA Australia member may be eligible to obtain the US CPA credential if he or she is either a citizen of Australia or New Zealand or a holder of a visa granting legal residency in Australia or New Zealand. They must also be a member in good standing of CPA Australia and meet additional criteria around education, examination, experience, and continuing professional development.

MRAs are designed to support global opportunities for members who wish to work overseas.

Members of CPA Australia seeking to obtain the US CPA credential via this agreement can visit the NASBA for specific eligibility requirements, which will be available on their website shortly.


The following steps demonstrate the pathway for holders of a US CPA credential to become members of CPA Australia under the conditions of the current mutual recognition agreement. 

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Step 1: Determine Eligibility

You may be eligible to apply for CPA Australia membership if you:

• are a current member of good standing with a State Board and not under any investigation for professional conduct infringements

• did not obtain the US CPA credential under a mutual recognition agreement, reciprocal membership agreement, or other similar agreements which the IQAB may have/had at any times

• have successfully completed the Uniform CPA Examinations

• hold a baccalaureate or higher degree

• satisfied the experience requirement of the relevant State Board

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Step 2: Complete Application

Complete the online application and submit with the required documentation, including your application and membership fee. Ensure you nominate the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) or the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as the professional body with whom you studied or hold membership.
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step 3: Verification of application

Your application and information supplied will take approximately 10 to 15 working days to verify. Upon completion, an email will be sent to you informing you of your assessment outcome.

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