Exemptions into the CPA Program
Exemptions into your CPA Program studies may be granted at any time based on studies that are equivalent in content and depth, except for Global Strategy and Leadership.
CPA Australia will recognise and exempt up to a maximum of three CPA Program subjects and deems the ‘knowledge currency’ of subjects to be valid for a period of 10 years. This is in accordance with best practice standards for recognition of prior learning. For prior learning to be considered, it will need to be postgraduate tertiary education or an equivalent professional qualification, completed within 10 years of the application.
Exemptions are assessed individually and will be provided at the time of your membership application, or if you update us of new learning to claim. Some recognised exemptions are included below.
Exemptions in elective subjects are only available if you have met CPA Australia's educational requirements for the knowledge areas of taxation and auditing before starting the CPA Program.
CPA Australia accredited studies and those completed below Australian postgraduate level can't be used as exemptions from the CPA Program.
You may also gain recognition of prior work experience toward the practical experience requirement.
Credits for your postgraduate degree
Many higher education providers offer credits into their postgraduate degrees to members who have completed the CPA Program.
If you have completed the CPA Program, you may be able to claim credits towards specialist Master and MBA degrees
In-semester support and learning resources
Access a range of resources and support to help you master your studies and manage your time
Now you're a CPA: what's next?
Congratulations, you’re now a CPA! Being a CPA is a validation of your knowledge, integrity and commitment to maintaining a high level of professional ethics and standards
How to advance to CPA status
Once you’ve met your CPA Program requirements, you’ll be eligible to advance from Associate member to CPA status
Member recognition ceremonies
Celebrate your achievement with friends, family and peers
Exams and assessment
CPA Program exams are designed to assess your knowledge and understanding