PUBLIC PRACTICE

Become a Public Practitioner

Become a public practitioner

Today’s accountants aren’t just advising on tax and compliance, they’re advising businesses that are changing the world. See how becoming a public practitioner can enable you to take control of your career and become a successful business owner.

Find out more about your pathways into public practice.

DO YOU NEED A PUBLIC PRACTICE CERTIFICATE?

Under CPA Australia By-Law 9.1, any member providing public accounting services into Australia or New Zealand must hold a public practice certificate (PPC), no matter where in the world you are located. 

If you are a CPA or FCPA providing public accounting services:

  • and earn more than $45,000 gross fees per calendar year, you must apply for a PPC.
  • and earn between $10,000 and $45,000 gross fees per calendar year, you may apply for a limited public practice certificate.
  • and you do not earn more than $10,000 gross fees each calendar year, you do not need to obtain a PPC, as long as you do not advertise or hold your services out to the public. However, you must hold professional indemnity insurance

HOW TO GET A PUBLIC PRACTICE CERTIFICATE

There are three steps to being awarded a Public Practice Certificate:

1

Complete the Public Practice Program

2

Meet additional requirements

3

Apply for a certificate

1. PUBLIC PRACTICE PROGRAM

The new Public Practice Program is more streamlined and flexible and is designed to help members establish themselves in public practice. It provides the technical and ethical requirements specific to public practice as well as the business management skills needed for a successful practice.

From January 2020, the new program has two components:

  1. Public Practice Program eLearning – the new online learning format is streamlined and on-demand, providing greater flexibility. It focuses on the essential technical and ethical requirements to become a CPA Public Practitioner.

  2. Public Practice Program Workshop – the new workshop is tailored to meet member needs, with a practical and outcome oriented focus designed to help set your business up for success now and into the future.

These two components can be done in either order.

Prior to 2020, as part of the Public Practice Program members may have completed:

  • Practice Management instead of Public Practice Program eLearning
  • Public Practice Intensive instead of Public Practice Workshop

2. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Once you have completed the Public Practice Program e-Learning and Workshop you must also meet the following key requirements to be eligible to apply for a public practice certificate:

  1. have the required practical experience as stated in By-Law 9.4
  2. hold appropriate professional indemnity insurance
  3. agree to comply with the Quality Review Program.

As applicable:

  • New Zealand residents must also have completed New Zealand-specific company law and taxation law.
  • If you have migrated to Australia in the last five years, you must also have completed Australian-specific company law and tax from a recognised university.

3. APPLY FOR A CERTIFICATE

Having satisfied all requirements, you can apply for your public practice certificate within eight years of passing the Public Practice Program.

Application forms and prerequisites for other public practice related certificates, including a limited public practice certificate, multi-disciplinary practice and trading with a non-member, are also available.