Foundation exams offer flexible dates for enrolment and exams. You may enrol any time and choose when you sit your exam. You will have 12 months from the date of your enrolment to schedule and sit your exam.

Once enrolled, you will receive instant access to your study guide via My Online Learning. Your study guide is easily downloadable to use across multiple devices. You can also make annotations, highlight text and save changes for reference at a later point.

We have created an additional learning tool to assist your exam preparation in the form of audio files. Audio files can be downloaded from My Online Learning in full or by chapter for use on our preferred listening device.

Enrol for your exam

Once you have your assessment result and have activated your account, you can enrol for your foundation exams online via My CPA Program.

Make a note of the key dates to ensure you enrol and schedule your exams within 12 months of your enrolment.

Note: There are important changes to the content for Foundations of Accounting and Financial Accounting and Reporting foundation exams, depending on when you schedule your exam. Ensure you familiarise yourself with these changes.

Schedule your exam

Following your enrolment you will receive an email confirmation from CPA Australia as well as access to your study guide and the exam scheduling systems. CPA Australia strongly advises you to schedule your exam appointment as soon as possible to secure your preferred date, time and location.

After scheduling your exam, you will receive an email from Pearson VUE confirming the date, time and location of the exam appointment, as well as information about exam regulations, administrative procedures including check-in requirements, testing procedures and the structure of the exams.

If you have scheduled an exam appointment but have not yet received a confirmation email it could be because:

  • the email is on its way (please allow 24 hours)
  • the email has been trapped in your junk or spam mail filter
  • your email address needs to be updated.

If you didn’t receive or have lost your email from Pearson VUE confirming your exam date, time and location, you can also access and print a copy of your exam details via My CPA Program.

Exam locations

You are encouraged to schedule your exam appointment via My CPA Program as early as possible, as testing centres have limited capacity. When scheduling your exam you may find that your first preference is already fully booked. The range of testing centres provides the opportunity to consider a number of alternative dates and locations.

A full list of testing centres (XLS) for the Asia Pacific region can be found online. If you plan on taking your test outside of this region please contact CPA Australia directly and we can determine where your nearest venue will be.

P: 1300 73 73 73 (within Australia)
P: +61 3 9606 9677 (outside of Australia)

Reasonable adjustments

CPA Australia is committed to providing access to all exams for candidates who require alternative exam arrangements due to a debilitating medical condition.

Should a reasonable adjustment be required for a foundation exam, this must be arranged prior to scheduling your exam. For enquiries about special arrangements for materials and exams, contact your nearest CPA Australia office.

You should contact CPA Australia to advise of your circumstances as soon as is reasonably possible following enrolment.