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Mutual Recognition Agreement

CPA Australia has a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with ICAI.

Pathway to CPA membership

The following steps demonstrate the pathway to Associate CPA membership for full members of ICAI under the conditions of the current MRA.

Step 1: Determine your eligibility

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

  • are a member of good standing with ICAI and not currently subject to any disciplinary sanctions or investigations
  • did not gain entry to ICAI membership through another MRA, any other similar pathway agreements or any special member pathway
  • have successfully completed:
    • the ICAI exams
    • the ICAI practical experience requirements


  • hold a university degree recognised by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment as being at least equivalent to Australian bachelor degree level. This will be determined during the verification of your application


  • have at least five years' work experience in professional accounting

Work experience evidence 

Some of our professional body pathways require evidence of professional work experience.

Step 2: Apply

Complete our online application and submit with the required documentation, including your application and membership fee.

In your application, nominate ICAI as the professional body with whom you studied and hold membership.

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Step 3: Verification and outcome of your application

Your application will take approximately 10 to 15 working days to verify. We will send you an email advising you of your assessment outcome.

Step 4: Advance to CPA status

Once you become an Associate member of CPA Australia you must successfully complete the following course and subject:

When complete, you will advance to CPA status, receive a CPA certificate and will then be able to use the letters CPA after your name.

Membership pathways FAQs

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