Changes to Public Practice Certificate pathways during COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 has led to the cancellation of our face to face events in the immediate future, including the Public Practice Program Workshops. However, we remain committed to supporting our members in public practice and have prepared two options to apply for a Public Practice Certificate (PPC) during this unprecedented time:

  1. Option 1: Complete a Public Practice Workshop by Webinar prior to applying for a PPC – see below for more information.
  2. Option 2: Apply for a PPC prior to completing a Public Practice Workshop or Webinar Series

Option 1 – Complete a Public Practice Workshop by Webinar

CPA Australia has developed a five-part webinar series that covers the core elements of the Public Practice Program Workshop. The webinars will offer facilitator-led virtual modules and self-paced learning designed around the new Public Practice Framework.

The webinar structure is divided into several topics and interactive sessions, including group activities and individual learning. The webinar series draws on current research and trends to explore the enablers and drivers of a sustainable firm of the future, then sets future Public Practitioners up for success by helping them to develop their own future focused plan to build and grow their practice. The webinar series utilises the same pre-work and participant materials as the face-to-face workshop.

Members wishing to obtain their PPC may choose to undertake this webinar series as an alternative to the Public Practice Program Workshop prior to applying for their PPC.

The remaining webinar series in 2020 is available for enrolment in November for Australian members. Due to licencing requirements, New Zealand members were only able to attend the September series.

  1. Check dates and availability for Australia
  2. Check dates and availability for New Zealand

To successfully complete the webinar series, you must attend all five webinars. You must attend at least three sessions live at the time of being held and no more than two via recording within five business days of each live session. The link to the recording will be sent via email at the conclusion of each webinar.

Members who attend the entire webinar series will receive 13.5 CPD hours.


The Public Practice Program webinar series is open to all CPA and FCPA members. Enrolments close two business days prior to the first webinar session and each series has limited capacity to ensure an interactive and engaging experience.


The cost for a five-part webinar series is AU$600 plus GST

Enrol in Australia

New Zealand

Due to licencing requirements, NZ members are only able to attend the September series. The cost is NZ$ 649.80 plus GST. Please note, currently there are no workshops scheduled to be held in New Zealand, so members are encouraged to enrol in this webinar series.

Enrol in New Zealand

If members undertake the webinar series, they must also complete the CPA Australia APES 320 Quality Control Manual tool and the APES 325 Risk Management Tool before lodging their PPC application.

All other standard requirements and fees apply.

Option 2 – Apply for a PPC prior to completing a Public Practice Workshop or Webinar Series

For a limited time, members who have fulfilled all the relevant prerequisites will be able to apply for their PPC prior to completing a Public Practice Workshop or Webinar series. However, members must agree to complete a Public Practice Workshop or Webinar series by 30 June 2021, noting that failure to meet this requirement will result in the automatic cancellation of their PPC on 1 July 2021. Conditions apply.

Email [email protected] and request the Member Agreement for PPC. This must be completed and emailed to the Public Practice Team at CPA Australia before you lodge your PPC application.


The Public Practice Program workshop is practical and outcome oriented and has been designed to help set your business up for success. The program will run over two days and will take members through the new Public Practice Framework and enable them to develop a Future Focus Plan. You will have the opportunity to learn from experienced public practitioners and develop a network of contacts as you embark on this next step in your career journey.

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

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

Members should only register to attend a workshop if they are a CPA or FCPA.

We will be offering both non-residential workshops across Australia and residential workshops in Sydney and Melbourne. A residential workshop includes one night’s accommodation with a formal networking dinner on the evening of the first day. This will give members more opportunity to get to know their workshop participants and develop their network of contacts.

Workshop Overview

The new Public Practice Program workshop offers 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.

Workshop Registration

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.


Two-day workshop
The workshop runs over two consecutive days, from 8.30am to 5.00pm. Workshops fill quickly and additional sessions will be scheduled. If one isn’t currently available in the location of your preference, contact Member Services for more information.

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Two-day workshop – Overnight Package
Based on member feedback, our residential workshops including overnight package are back this year. We are hosting two residential workshops, one in Melbourne and one in Sydney. The residential overnight package has the added value of an offsite experience, providing you valuable time to network and engage with your peers and facilitators. It includes:

  • a networking dinner
  • overnight accommodation including breakfast.

Past participants have declared the ongoing networks they built during the residential workshop to be invaluable to their business and providing peer support.

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Workshop Attendance

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 8.00am on day one. Registration commences at 8.15am and the first session begins promptly at 8.30am. The workshop concludes at approximately 5.00pm on the second day.