Your skills assessment is subject to set periods of validity. Find out how you can appeal or update your assessment outcome and get details on the options available to you.
How long is your application valid for?
Your application with CPA Australia is valid for three years from the date of your initial assessment outcome. Please note that any subsequent updates or appeals will not reset the expiration date of an application.
Your assessment outcome is valid with Immigration New Zealand for three years from the date of outcome.
Update or appeal your assessment
Use your existing CPA Australia account for the services below. See assessment fees.
1. Update your assessment
You can update your assessment if you've completed additional study with other higher education providers and your application is still valid, that is within three years from the date of your initial assessment outcome. If the validity period of your application has expired, you will need to start a new application (using your exiting CPA Australia ID).
2. Appeal your assessment
If you've received a skills assessment from us that you feel is inaccurate, you can appeal the decision. Appeals will use the documents you submitted with your application.
To be considered, an appeal application must be submitted within 12 months from the assessment outcome date stated on the outcome letter.
If you wish to submit new documents for your application, then this will be an update for your application, not an appeal.
Begin your skills assessment application
Use this online application to submit a new skills assessment, update or appeal your assessment
What to do if further studies are required?
If your assessment indicates further studies are required, you have two options:
- Complete additional studies via the CPA Program foundation exams
- Complete additional studies via accredited courses offered by other higher education providers
CPA Program foundation exams
Depending upon the assessment outcome, you may be required to complete further studies to meet the competency areas. One option is to enrol in CPA Australia foundation exams. Our foundation exams are a flexible, self-paced study program. You can enrol any time and choose when to sit your exam within 12 months of enrolment.
If you would like to complete outstanding competency areas through CPA Program foundation exams, register your interest below.
Have questions? Get in touch via our Contact Us page.
Competency areas and corresponding CPA Program foundation exams
This table outlines the competency requirements and related foundation exams.
|Competency requirements||Foundation exams|
|Economics, Quantitative Methods||Economics and Markets|
|Accounting Systems and Processes||Foundations of Accounting|
Comprised of Commercial Law and Corporations Law
|Fundamentals of Business Law|
|Finance and Financial Management||Business Finance|
|Financial Accounting and Reporting
Comprised of Financial Accounting and Accounting Theory
|Financial Accounting and Reporting|
|Management Accounting||Management Accounting|
Register your interest in foundation exams for skills assessment
Information for third parties and migration agents
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Documents required for the NZ skills assessment
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Skills assessment NZ FAQs
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