Application forms

  1. Public practice and limited public practice certificates

    Use this form to assess your eligibility to be issued with a CPA Australia public practice certificate or CPA Australia limited public practice certificate. Before applying for either of these certificates you must successfully complete the Public Practice Program.

    Note: If you have already started an application, use this form to resume your session.
  1. Trade with a non-member or authority to trade as "Certified Practising Accountants" (PDF)

    Use this form to assess your eligibility to practise with a non CPA Australia member or to assess your eligibility to trade as "Certified Practising Accountants".
  1. Multi-disciplinary practice (PDF)

    Use this form to assess your eligibility to practise with non CPA Australia members as a Multi-Disciplinary Practice (MDP).
  1. Change practising certificate status (PDF)

    Use this form to request a change in your CPA Australia practising certificate status.
  1. Cancel practising certificate (PDF)

    Use this form to cancel your CPA Australia practising certificate.

Allow 20 working days processing time from the receipt of all documents. 

Contact us at publicpractice@cpaaustralia.com.au

Prerequisites to apply

Public practice certificate

  • A public practice certificate is for those members who are earning, or intending to earn, more than $45,000 in gross fees each calendar year from the provision of public accounting services. If you are intending to earn less than $45,000 you can apply for a limited public practice certificate.
  • You must be a member of CPA Australia holding CPA or FCPA status.
  • You must have passed the CPA Program Advanced Taxation segment if you are a resident in Australia (unless RTA registration is held) or have completed New Zealand-specific Company Law and Taxation Law if you are a resident in New Zealand.
  • If you have migrated to Australia in the last five years you must have completed Australian company law and tax, as applicable.
  • You must have completed the Public Practice Program (Practice Management distance learning program and Intensive) in the past eight years.
  • You must have a minimum of three years full time work experience within the last eight years in an area of work defined as a public accounting service.
  • You must have an approved company structure.
  • You must attach a copy of a certificate of currency to your application form to attest that you are currently covered by a professional indemnity insurance policy which meets minimum prescribed levels.
  • You must attach your proposed letterhead and business card to your application form for approval.

Limited public practice certificate

  • A limited public practice certificate is for those members who are earning, or intending to earn, between $10,000 and $45,000 in gross fees each calendar year from the provision of public accounting services. If you are intending to earn less than $10,000 you are not required to hold a limited public practice certificate (unless you sign audit reports for SMSFs in Australia or conduct FMC audits in New Zealand, both of which require a public practice certificate), as long as you do not advertise or hold your services out to the public, but you must still hold the minimum prescribed levels of professional indemnity insurance.
  • You must be a member of CPA Australia holding CPA or FPCA status.
  • You must have passed the CPA Program Advanced Taxation segment if you are a resident in Australia (unless RTA registration is held) or have completed New Zealand-specific Company Law and Taxation Law if you are a resident in New Zealand.
  • If you have migrated to Australia in the last five years you must have completed Australian company law and tax, as applicable.
  • You must have completed the Practice Management distance learning program in the past eight years.
  • You must have a minimum of three years full time work experience within the last eight years in an area of work defined as a public accounting service.
  • You must attach a copy of a certificate of currency to your application form to attest that you are currently covered by a professional indemnity insurance policy which meets minimum prescribed levels.
  • You must attach your proposed letterhead and business card to your application form for approval.

Trade with a non-member or authority to trade as Certified Practising Accountants

  • Prerequisites for trading with a non-member and applying for authority to trade as "Certified Practising Accountants".
    • The majority of the partners in the practice must hold a CPA Australia public practice certificate.
    • If the practice is an incorporated entity more than 50 per cent of the issued shares must be held by CPA Australia members with a current CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand certificate or IPA certificate of public practice.
    • You must attach your proposed letterhead and business card to your application form for approval. All partners are to disclose their qualifications and professional affiliations on their business stationery.
    • You must attach a copy of a certificate of currency to your application form to attest that you are currently covered by a professional indemnity insurance policy which meets minimum prescribed levels.
  • Additional requirement for members who trade with non-members.
    • Non-member partners will be subject to a Quality Review if the practice is trading as "Certified Practising Accountants".
  • Additional requirements for members applying for an authority to trade as "Certified Practising Accountants".
    • Usage of the CPA Australia public practice branding and the CPA Australia public practice logo is under limited licence and must be strictly in accordance with the Public Practice Brand Guidelines.
    • You must seek approval from CPA Australia to use any public practice branding which differs from the approved use.
    • All partners must sign the authority agreement provided by CPA Australia.
    • You must have established and maintain levels of quality control appropriate to the practice in accordance with CPA Australia’s Quality Review Program and agree to undertake, complete and have accepted a Quality Review in accordance with the Quality Review Program policies and procedures at the time of selection.

Multi-disciplinary practice

  • The practice must be controlled by CPA Australia members and members of an approved professional body, that is, one with equivalent entry and professional standards, for example, legal practitioners.
  • Non-member partners are required to have an appropriate quality review process.
  • You must attach a copy of a certificate of currency to your application form to attest that you are currently covered by a professional indemnity insurance policy which meets minimum prescribed levels.
  • You must attach your proposed letterhead and business card to your application form for approval. All partners are to disclose their qualifications and professional affiliations on the business stationery.