Flexible entry pathways

We have updated some of our entry requirements to improve flexibility and access to the CA Program.

In Brief

  • Candidates can now enrol in more than one technical module for the CA Program at the same time* and/or study CA Program modules whilst not in approved employment
  • The most popular CA Foundations units are now offered every term
  • Graduates can commence the CA Program whilst completing their final bridging units
  • These changes are designed to give candidates more options to enter and study the CA Program

* Subject to timetable restrictions. Candidates are still required to complete 3 years practical experience before being eligible for full CA membership.

Improving access to the CA Program

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) is updating some of its entry requirements to make studying the CA Program more flexible and seamless for candidates. These changes are intended to offer candidates more options to enter and study the CA Program.

Study concurrent technical modules

You can now enrol in more than one technical module for the CA Program at the same time*.

The CA Program consists of four technical modules and Capstone. The four technical modules are: Audit & Assurance (AAA), Financial Accounting and Reporting (FIN), Management Accounting and Applied Finance (MAAF) and Taxation (TAX).

Each technical module consists of a 12-week program of study, where learning is supported through an online learning platform and interactive resources. The study commitment for each module is estimated to be at least 10 hours per week. Before committing to study more than one module at a time, candidates are encouraged to consider their existing work, family and other commitments to ensure they are able to dedicate the study time required to successfully complete each module. 

* Subject to timetable restrictions.

Complete CA Program modules while not in employment

You can now study CA Program modules even if you are not in approved, mentored employment*. Previously all candidates needed to be in employment with an approved organisation, under the guidance of a CA mentor whilst concurrently completing their CA Program studies. This change permits you to accrue the three years of practical experience required for CA membership before, during or after you complete your CA Program study, as long as you meet all study and experience requirements within the maximum 8-year provisional CA membership period. This added flexibility may suit a range of candidates who find themselves out of approved employment including graduates who have completed their degree but not yet commenced work; candidates on parental or extended leave or candidates returning to the workforce.

* Candidates are still required to complete 3 years practical experience before being eligible for full CA membership.

Study CA Foundation units in your final degree year

From Term 1 2019, you will be able to study CA Foundations units while in your final year of an Australian or New Zealand Bachelor or Master's degree (or overseas equivalent qualification).

Commence CA Program modules while completing final bridging units

If you have completed your degree, you can now commence CA Program technical modules while completing your final bridging units via CA Foundations or an accredited tertiary course. Please note that specific prerequisite units associated with individual CA Program technical modules will need to be completed before you can enrol in each technical module.

Previously candidates were required to complete their CA Foundations units before being able to enrol in CA Program technical modules.

Improved CA Foundations timetable

From 2019, some popular CA Foundations units will be offered every term. Delivered through our external education provider Deakin University, the following CA Foundations units will be offered in all three terms:

  • Audit and Assurance (CAF006)
  • Commercial and Corporations Law (CAF007)
  • Taxation (CAF010)

This means that for some candidates the journey to CA Program commencement could be shortened by up to 9 months depending on the units they need to complete.

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