Become a CPA

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Early Study guide access

Enrolments are now open for Semester 1 2020 and selected subjects will offer immediate access to a PDF of the study guide. This will allow you to familiarise yourself with the study material sooner and start your semester with confidence.

More study support than ever before

More resources. More guidance. More choice.

CPA Program students have access to more learning resources than ever before with our new guided learning support suite delivered by KnowledgEquity. You’ll have access to:

Webinar

Weekly, recorded webinars

Confirmation

Online, multiple-choice tests

Laptop

Downloadable study notes

Find out more about guided learning.

PREPARE YOURSELF FOR A GREAT CAREER

If you’re looking to build an exciting career based on professional accounting skills that could take you across the globe in a diverse range of roles, the CPA Program is for you. With our flexible study options, you can choose to complete the program to your own timeline and with the level of support you need.

THE CPA PROGRAM

Integrating education and experience, our program uses contemporary and internationally relevant material to provide you with an understanding of dynamic issues facing organisations today. If you have studied an accounting-related degree, you will likely go straight into the CPA Program. In some cases, you may need to complete further studies. The diagram below outlines program elements:

YOUR APPLICATION

CPA PROGRAM

Includes four compulsory subjects, two electives and an experience component that will give you the skills to stand out in the real world.

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Learn the application of ethical principles, together with a strong knowledge of key corporate governance principles and mechanisms.

Apply accounting standards, interpret financial reports, and understand the business impacts of financial reports.

Learn how management accounting provides the information critical to the business decision making process. This subject then takes it all one step further and introduces the role of the management accountant in business strategy.

In the capstone subject, you will use strategic analysis to address complex business issues in a competitive and uncertain business environment.

If you have completed recognised studies in taxation and auditing, you can choose any two electives. If you have not completed recognised studies in taxation, you must select Australia Taxation or your local tax variant where available. If you have not completed recognised studies in audit, you must select Advanced Audit and Assurance.

AUSTRALIA TAXATION

Understand and apply fundamental principles of Australian taxation law affecting individuals and business and investment entities. Local taxation units are available for Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand.

AUSTRALIA TAXATION – ADVANCED

Build on fundamental principles of Australian tax law to determine the tax implications of complex business and investment arrangements. Explore specialist taxation topics, including tax theory and tax policy, the taxation of financial arrangements, tax consolidations and international transactions and cross-border tax issues.

ADVANCED AUDIT AND ASSURANCE

Focus on both external and internal audit procedures. This subject will ensure you understand the audit process and are able to apply international standards to complex audits. 

FINANCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT

Recognise the financial risks faced by businesses and understand the key mechanisms and frameworks used to address and manage risk. 

CONTEMPORARY BUSINESS ISSUES

Analyse and evaluate the role of the CPA in contemporary business and how the accounting profession continues to evolve.

If you have completed recognised studies in taxation and auditing, you can choose any two electives. If you have not completed recognised studies in taxation, you must select Australia Taxation or your local tax variant where available. If you have not completed recognised studies in audit, you must select Advanced Audit and Assurance.

AUSTRALIA TAXATION

Understand and apply fundamental principles of Australian taxation law affecting individuals and business and investment entities. Local taxation units are available for Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand.

AUSTRALIA TAXATION – ADVANCED

Build on fundamental principles of Australian tax law to determine the tax implications of complex business and investment arrangements. Explore specialist taxation topics, including tax theory and tax policy, the taxation of financial arrangements, tax consolidations and international transactions and cross-border tax issues.

ADVANCED AUDIT AND ASSURANCE

Focus on both external and internal audit procedures. This subject will ensure you understand the audit process and are able to apply international standards to complex audits. 

FINANCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT

Recognise the financial risks faced by businesses and understand the key mechanisms and frameworks used to address and manage risk. 

CONTEMPORARY BUSINESS ISSUES

Analyse and evaluate the role of the CPA in contemporary business and how the accounting profession continues to evolve.

YOUR DEGREE

degree level qualification recognised by CPA Australia.

YOUR EXPERIENCE

36 months of relevant experience where you will gain skills in four skill areas:

  • Technical 
  • Personal effectiveness
  • Business 
  • Leadership 

You can complete these before, concurrently, or after your CPA Program subjects. 

Information sessions

If you would like to find out more before taking the next step in your career, join us at an upcoming information session.