What's a CPA? And why become one?
A Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) is a finance, accounting and business professional that has the skills to go the next level in leadership, strategy and business. Being a CPA is a mark of high professional competence and indicates a soundness in depth, breadth and quality of accountancy knowledge.
CPAs are highly respected by employers and members. It provides members with an internationally recognised designation as well as the opportunity to complete specialist training and continued professional development (CPD).
To gain and maintain the CPA designation, a member must:
- complete the CPA Program, including three years of relevant professional experience in finance, accounting or business
- undertake continuing professional development (CPD) each year to develop and maintain professional competency
- comply with our professional standards and code of conduct.
To offer public accounting services, CPAs must also complete our Public Practice Program and hold a Public Practice Certificate.
CPA Australia in numbers
135+ year history
170,000+ CPA Australia members
28,000+ members in senior leadership
450+ recognised employer partners
100+ countries and regions
19 offices worldwide
As a CPA, you'll go beyond the numbers
Obtain real-world skills
Stand out in the employment market
Join a global network
Start the CPA Program as an Associate member (ASA)
As an Associate member, you’ll be able to use the ASA post-nominals. This demonstrates to employers your commitment to becoming a CPA. It also shows your dedication to progress and life-long learning.
As a member of CPA Australia, you’ll also gain access to exclusive member benefits. You’ll receive special rates on products and services, discounts on professional development and access to valuable resources to enhance your career.
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Launch your career into any number of senior finance roles
- Chief Financial Officer
- Strategic procurement manager
- Founder of a startup company
- Environmental accountant
- Accounting risk analyst
- International accounting specialist
- Counter-terrorism financial investigator
- Financial advisor
- Partner at an accounting firm
- CEO of a sporting organisation
- Forensic accountant
Not quite ready to start your application? If you would like to find out more about how the CPA Program can support your future career, join us at an upcoming information session.