Accounting Professional Year Program

Accounting PYP (formerly SMIPA)

In brief

  • Accounting PYP has been developed between CA ANZ, CPA Australia and the Institute of Public Accountants
  • The program is delivered by registered providers
  • You can express interest in becoming an approved provider

The Accounting Professional Year Program is approved by the Department of Home Affairs (formerly the Department of Immigration and Border Protection). It is available to overseas students who have an Australian accounting degree qualification as a result of at least two years' study in Australia.

Accounting PYP consists of:

  • a minimum of 44 weeks' training, including 32 weeks classroom study and 12-weeks internship placement providing valuable work experience in an approved Australian workplace completing relevant accounting tasks
  • professional development and practical hands-on learning, with an emphasis on workplace preparation: culture, ethics and expectations
  • recognition as a pathway for 485 visa holders seeking permanent residency under general skilled migration (GSM)

Accounting PYP was developed by CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Institute of Public Accountants. It is delivered by registered providers who have been approved by the three professional accounting bodies.

Successful completion of Accounting PYP may attract additional points under the GSM points test.

While a PY certificate and transcript do not list an expiry date, DHA Migration Regulations 1994 (Volume 3, Schedule 6D, Part 6D.6) require that the Professional Year to have been a period of at least 12 months in the 48 months (four years) immediately before the time that the migration applicant is issued an invitation to apply for the visa. Furthermore, only one Professional Year can be used to claim 5 points.

Enrolment in any of the accounting bodies’ professional programs is independent of an individual’s participation in Accounting PYP or any other DHA approved pathway to permanent residency.

To express an interest in becoming an approved Provider please email [email protected] with company details, contact information and RTO/HE registration number.

Approved Accounting PYP providers

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