Checking the CA Program entry requirements

Find out if you are eligible to undertake the Chartered Accountants (CA) Program.

To be eligible to study the CA Program, candidates must apply, be assessed by Chartered Accountants ANZ for eligibility and also be approved for Provisional Membership of Chartered Accountants ANZ.

To apply for Provisional Membership, applicants must meet these entry requirements:

1. Academic Eligibility

You must have one of the below 2 academic qualifications:

  • A Chartered Accountants ANZ accredited degree or qualification that has been assessed by Chartered Accountant ANZ as equivalent to at least an Australian or New Zealand Bachelor degree (level 7 or higher). This means that your degree covers prerequisite subjects in required competency areas, and ensures you meet all prior knowledge requirements for the Chartered Accountants Program; 

or

  • A degree which has not been accredited by Chartered Accountants ANZ, but has been assessed by Chartered Accountants ANZ as equivalent to at least an AU or NZ Bachelor degree (AQF level 7 or higher) with coverage of required competency areas and where the degree has not been delivered in English attainment of the English language requirements.

In addition, you must also meet the below requirement:

You have attained the 'Required Competence' through completed study to commence at least one core subject in the CA Program's GradDip CA course. You will need to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the following areas:

a. Accounting Systems and Processes
b. Financial Accounting and Reporting
c. Audit and Assurance
d. Business Law
e. Economics
f. Finance and Financial Management
g. Management Accounting
h. Quantitative Methods
i. Tax
j. Information and Communication Technology
k. Business Acumen (required from 2022 only)

You can check if your degree is accredited by downloading the relevant accredited courses list below. Please make sure you use the list that matches the year you started your tertiary studies.

The CA Program comprises of nine subjects (seven core and two electives), in conjunction with three years of Mentored Practical Experience.

Please note: applicants must have obtained passes in approved areas covering the required competency areas related to each subject prior to commencing study of that subject.

Once you have the right qualification, and have completed prerequisites for at least one CA Program subject you can apply for Provisional Membership.

Accredited Tertiary Courses

Can’t find the relevant accredited courses list above? We have additional lists here. Make sure to select the list that matches the year you commenced your tertiary studies.

Other accredited course lists

Non-accredited degrees or have an overseas qualification?

If you hold a non-accredited degree or an overseas qualification or you meet some, but not all required competency areas, we will need to assess your degree to identify any gaps in your prerequisite knowledge. Knowledge gaps can be satisfied by completing additional study with a provider listed on Chartered Accountants ANZ’s Accredited Tertiary Courses Table or completing the CA Foundations pathway.

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2. Citizenship, residency and visa requirements

To be eligible for the CA Program you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • be an Australian citizen,
  • be a New Zealand citizen,
  • be a permanent resident of Australia,
  • be a permanent resident of New Zealand, or
  • hold a relevant visa.

Chartered Accountants ANZ has adopted the general policy position that it cannot register candidates studying or seeking to study on an Australian student visa because Chartered Accountants 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.

Chartered Accountants ANZ has adopted this general policy position consistent with advice from Chartered Accountants ANZ’s regulator. Ultimately you, as a candidate or potential candidate of the CA Program, are responsible for ensuring that you are able to meet the requirements to enrol in the CA Program and satisfy any visa requirements or restrictions.

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).

*International opportunities may require additional training in some countries

3. Character assessment

To uphold our valued reputation as trusted business advisors, our entry requirements go beyond academic and practical experience.

This means you'll need to sign a declaration that you are a ‘fit and proper person’ when you apply to be a Provisional Member, prior to commencing CA Program.

How we define a 'fit and proper person'

To determine whether you are a ‘fit and proper person’, consideration is given to your character. This includes assessing whether you are of good fame, have integrity and good character.

The following will be considered: appearances in any court of law; any convictions; any pending criminal charges; bankruptcy; any disciplinary action by a statutory, regulatory, professional or other body; any notices to not manage a corporation and any refusals to be granted a license relevant to the provision of public accounting services.

4. CA Program policies

To be accepted as a Provisional Member, you must also agree to be bound and abide by the CA Program policies as well as agree to the terms and conditions of Provisional Membership.

CA Program Policies

Find out about the CA Program policies.

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For more information on the requirements to be eligible for the CA Program and Provisional Membership, please browse through the PDF below.