Entry-level experience

Learn about the employment and practical experience requirements for the Chartered Accountants Program

In Brief

  • To qualify for full CA membership, you must gain at least three years full-time (or part time equivalent) approved employment
  • You must be working at least 17.5 hours a week in a relevant accounting role with an Approved or Recognised Training Employer
  • You need to have a practical experience agreement with a recognised CA mentor
  • You also need to show you have all the competencies outlined in the Practical Experience logbook

Learn about the employment requirements

There is no requirement to be in approved employment whilst you are studying the required CA Program modules.  However, you must complete the employment requirements before you can qualify for full CA membership within the maximum 8-year provisional membership period.

Firstly you must be working at least 17.5 hours a week in a relevant accounting role with an Approved or Recognised Training Employer. Each role must be for at least three months.

An accounting role is considered ‘relevant’ if it involves having a depth of experience in at least one of the following technical areas:

  • Accounting Academic
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Auditing
  • External Reporting
  • Financial Management
  • Insolvency and reconstructions
  • Management Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Financial Advice.

Please note Accounts receivable/payable roles do not meet this requirement.

An Approved Training Employer (ATE) is one who offers work experience and training that fulfils the practical experience requirements for Chartered Accountants.

A Recognised Training Employer (RTE) is one with an in-house performance appraisal system that has been approved by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Secondly you must have a practical experience agreement with a recognised CA mentor.

Your CA mentor will supervise and support your progress during the practical experience part of the Chartered Accountants Program.

The ideal mentor is an experienced Chartered Accountant who works for your employer. If this isn’t an option you can request an external CA mentor, as long as they meet the program’s requirements.

Mentors must be an experienced full CA member, either with Chartered Accountants ANZ or a member of the Global Accounting Alliance (GAA) body which CA ANZ has a full recognition agreement with.

Practical Experience competencies are recorded in the Candidate’s Logbook. The logbook is to be completed and signed off by your mentor as you go through your work experience. You will need to demonstrate one level 2 and one level 3 competency in at least two of the technical areas and Level 3 in all of the non-technical areas.

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