CA Program Overview

The CA Program is made up of a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting (GradDipCA) and Mentored Practical Experience (MPE)

In brief

  • Gain a highly flexible, transportable and globally recognised qualification
  • Tailor subject choices for increased career flexibility and specialisation
  • Adjust studies to fit in with work and lifestyle
  • Study full-time typically over one year, or part time over two or more years
  • Undertake the three years Mentored Practical Experience before, during or after the GradDipCA

Before applying to the CA Program, candidates must ensure they read all information in the CA Program Application Information download at the bottom of this page.

CA Program application information


    Chartered Accountants ANZ (CA ANZ) is the only professional accounting body approved as a Higher Education Provider by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), Australia's independent national regulator of the higher education sector. 

    CA ANZ is accredited by TEQSA to deliver and award the following postgraduate qualifications Level 8 under the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF):  

    • Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting (GradDipCA)
    • Graduate Certificate in Accounting (GradCertAcc)

    AQF qualifications are recognised as comparable under the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) and across the qualification frameworks of many other countries. Further information about AQF qualifications is available at 

    Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) is a registered Australian higher education provider in the category of ‘Institute of Higher Education’ (TEQSA Provider ID: PRV12024). Further details about CA ANZ’s registration as a higher education provider and the accreditation of this course can be viewed on TEQSA’s National Register1.

    1 There are two accredited same named courses on the National Register. Candidates commencing in or after Term 3 2021 will be enrolled in the version accredited 20 January 2021 listed here. CA ANZ has ceased new enrolment in the earlier course version which was accredited 30 Jan 2014. Information about this earlier course for currently enrolled candidates can be accessed here

    • Hold an internationally recognised postgraduate accounting qualification. 
    • Be eligible to apply for full membership of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, with access to the many advantages and professional services available to members.  
    • Benefit from CA ANZ’s membership of the Global Accounting Alliance (GAA) and have access to career opportunities and reciprocal benefits in major capital markets around the world.  
    • Chartered Accountants are highly valued for their versatile skill set and creative lateral thinking, that's why all of the top 100 Global Brands employ Chartered Accountants.* 

    *Source: CAW, 2019 – Interbrand, Best Global Brands 2018 


    The CA Program includes two parts: 

    1. the accredited Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting (GradDipCA)
    2. three years of Mentored Practical Experience (MPE)

    The GradDipCA includes nine subjects (seven core and two electives). Find out more about each of the subjects by reading the subject descriptions.

  • Timetables, Enrolment, Fees and Payments incl. FEE-HELP

    There are four (4) standard start dates each calendar year. Candidates are responsible for self-managing their continued enrolment in subjects.

    To enrol in a subject, a candidate's provisional membership fees must be fully paid. Subject enrolment fees must be paid upfront before commencing a subject.


    For entry into the CA Program, applicants must meet the academic criteria, English language requirements, and other admission requirements for CA ANZ's Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting (GradDipCA). In addition:

    • Applicants must also be eligible for admission as a Provisional Member of Chartered Accountants ANZ.
    • Applicants should also ensure they are able to meet the inherent course requirements.

    Applications for Provisional Membership are accepted all year round. Applications are submitted online, and membership takes an average of four weeks to be approved.


    Before starting their first subject enrolment, candidates should check the CA ANZ’s Provisional Member (CR5) requirements. This sets out the expectations and obligations during a candidate’s period of provisional membership. Including CR5 section 5.11 which sets out the maximum time candidates have to complete the CA Program and the GradDipCA education component of this program.  


    Australia based applicants, who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents, must hold a visa that entitles them to study the CA Program. 

    We have adopted the general policy position that we cannot register candidates studying or seeking to study the CA Program on an Australian student visa because CA ANZ and the CA Program are not registered on the Australian Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) due to the online nature of the CA Program. CA ANZ has adopted this general policy position consistent with advice from CA ANZ's regulator.

    Ultimately, candidates or potential candidates of the CA Program are responsible for ensuring they can meet the requirements to enrol in the CA Program and satisfy any visa requirements or restrictions.


    Candidates may be eligible for credit in recognition of prior formal, non-formal or informal learning. When applying for credit for recognition of prior learning, we'll assess candidates' prior studies and/or experience, and they may be awarded an exemption (also known as 'credit' of 'advanced standing') for a portion of their course studies.

    Credit for recognition of prior learning may result in a reduction of the amount of study required to complete the GradDipCA qualification in the CA Program.


    We strongly support the rights of all people who wish to pursue a further study to achieve their potential and career objectives. We are committed to fostering a learning environment that empowers and supports the personal and professional development of our candidates. As part of this, we embrace diversity and endeavour to accommodate all students. 

    What are inherent requirements?

    • Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or subject that demonstrate the core abilities, knowledge and skills needed to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or subject overall. Inherent requirements ensure the academic integrity of the course is maintained and preserves the CA Program learning, assessment and accreditation processes.
    • All candidates must meet the course's inherent requirements to successfully complete the course.

    You should read the inherent requirements carefully to ensure your able to meet them. If you have any concern about your ability to participate in aspects of the course, you should seek pre-enrolment advice by contacting the CA Program Support Services at [email protected] or CA ANZ Member Services at [email protected].


    Flexible/alternate study pathways to entry into the CA Program are available for those who do not currently meet the CA Program academic admission criteria.  


    We are committed to ensuring prospective candidates have the information they need to make informed decisions about their study options. To gain a better understanding about the CA Program and the likely peer candidate cohort, please refer to our admissions transparency information.


    When a candidate has successfully completed their CA Program GradDipCA course and three years mentored practical experience, they can apply for full membership of Chartered Accountants ANZ.


    Access CA Program policy documents, including more information on complaints, and the grievances and appeals policy and procedure.  


For questions relating to admissions, recognition of credit, candidate support or administration matters contact CA ANZ member services.  

 Current candidates with academic queries relating to their enrolled subject should contact their subject facilitator (see contact details in the subject information on the Learning Management System).

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