To be eligible to apply for a public practice certificate you must attend a Public Practice Program Intensive workshop and pass the three hour, 100 per cent multiple-choice exam for Practice Management, the distance learning subject of the Public Practice Program. You can attend an Intensive workshop in the same semester you are enrolled in the distance learning subject or after completing the exam.

The Intensive workshop is divided into several topics and interactive sessions, including group exercises. The emphasis is on providing professional services in a practice environment, using technical and communication skills. This component is an excellent opportunity to hear from experienced public practitioners and other experts who present the sessions, and allows candidates to build a network of contacts.

Members who attend the entire workshop, including the networking component, may claim up to 16 CPD hours.

Intensive workshops are conducted across Australia and in New Zealand at various times throughout the year.

Members should only register to attend an Intensive workshop if they are a CPA or FCPA and they are enrolled in or have passed the distance learning subject of the Public Practice Program.

The Public Practice Program Intensive workshops has undergone some changes, with the inclusion of brand new content and a new compulsory in class and after class assessment. Successful completion of this assessment, in addition to passing the Practice Management exam, has formed the new pre-requisite pathway for members looking to obtain a Public Practice Certificate.



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The Public Practice Program consists of:


The new on-demand e-Learning program focuses on the technical and ethical requirements to become a CPA Australia public practitioner. There are five modules to complete as follows:

  1. Offering a Public Accounting Service (PAS)
  2. Public Practice Certificate
  3. Ethical standards
  4. Quality management (APES 320)
  5. Risk management (APES 325)

Each e-Learning module has a corresponding multiple-choice question assessment which requires an 75 per cent pass mark to succeed.

Public Practice Program workshop

The new Public Practice Program workshop will be more tailored, practical and outcome oriented and has been designed to help set your business up for success. The workshop will offer both facilitator led and self-paced learning to provide you with the optimal learning experience.

The workshop has four main objectives:

  • to introduce members to the Public Practice Framework (PPF)
  • to understand and articulate the fundamentals of the four “Enablers” of the PPF
  • to apply strategies to address the six “Drivers” of the PPF
  • to develop a Future Focus Plan that will support the development of a successful business.

The workshop is a two-day workshop that helps achieve CPA Australia’s overall aim of assisting you in attaining the skills, knowledge and professional approach required for public practice.

The workshop is comprehensive and requires considerable input from you. It is recognised that you have already undertaken a major study program and many examinations to attain your professional qualifications. Accordingly, the course is structured to allow you to gain the knowledge that you believe is most important.

While the workshop is organised into set areas of discussion, the main aim is to allow you exposure to members already in practice. Presenters have been asked to encourage discussion during their sessions, allowing you the opportunity to learn from their experience.


To be eligible to register for a workshop, you must be a CPA or FCPA.

Registration closes 10 working days prior to a workshop commencement date.

Upon registering, you will be issued with a Confirmation Letter and event overview. Check this information. If there are any discrepancies or you have not received confirmation of registration by 10 working days prior to a workshop commencement date, call CPA Australia on 1300 737 373. No refunds or date transfers will be processed after this date.


To successfully complete the workshop you must attend all sessions, including the networking component. Failure to attend may result in compulsory attendance at a future Public Practice Program workshop for any sessions missed. The workshop is for registered attendees only, and family members are unable to be accommodated at the facilities.

Arrival and departure times

You should arrive at the course venue no later than 8.00 am on day one. Registration commences at 8.15 am and the first session begins promptly at 8.30 am. The workshop concludes at approximately 5.00 pm on the second day.