Recognised academic qualifications

Understand the academic requirements to join the CA Program

In Brief

  • View a list of AU and NZ degrees accredited by Chartered Accountants ANZ according to the year that you commenced your degree study
  • If you do not hold an accredited degree or have not completed your degree yet, find out how to have your degree assessed and bridge your knowledge with further study
 

Academic entry pathways

You can be admitted to provisional CA membership via one of the following academic pathways:

  • A Chartered Accountants ANZ accredited degree with passes in the required competency areas; or
  • A degree which has not been accredited by Chartered Accountants ANZ, but has been assessed by us as equivalent to an AU or NZ degree (AQF level 7 or higher) with coverage of required competence areas

If you do not hold an accredited degree, or are in your final year of study towards a degree, identified knowledge gaps can be satisfied by completing additional study. This can be completed through an accredited conversion course or the CA Foundations pathway.

You can start CA Foundations units during your final year of degree study. Once you complete your degree, and have completed the prerequisites for at least one CA Program module you can apply for Provisional Membership.

Each year, we assess Australian and New Zealand accounting degree programs and create a list of Accredited Tertiary Courses recognised for entry to the Chartered Accountants Program. While there is a range of recognised qualifications to enter the CA Program, all applicants are expected to demonstrate assumed knowledge in specific competency areas. Further details can be found in the Required Competency Areas section below.

Academic entry pathways

  • Accredited degree entry

    The simplest, most common way into the CA Program is by completing an accredited degree with passes in subjects which cover specific competence areas.

    Each year, we assess Australian and New Zealand accounting degree programs and create a list of Accredited Tertiary Courses recognised for entry to the Chartered Accountants Program.

    If you plan on applying to the Program this way, you can review the Accredited Tertiary Course section below. It includes details on assessment of qualifications and the application process.

  • Degree not accredited

    We recognise some students and professionals want flexibility so they can change direction at some point in their career.

    Having diverse skills and experiences in the accounting profession is an important part of this. That’s why we’ve developed options for those who don’t have an accredited accounting degree to pursue a career as a Chartered Accountant.

    If you are studying or have completed a degree which has not been accredited by us, you can still apply to enter the CA Program, by:

    • Having your degree assessed and verified by us either after your degree, or during your final year of study.
    • Further study to complete knowledge gaps can be finished through an accredited conversion course or CA Foundations.

    Conversion course at an accredited tertiary

    A conversion course enables you to 'convert' your studies to a new career.

    Before starting a conversion course, you will need to apply to have your non-accredited degree assessed by completing the standard assessment form. You’ll be advised by letter of any further study you need to do for entry to the CA Program.

    CA Foundations Pathway

    If you need to complete further study in one or more of the required competency areas and do not want to study subjects in an accredited conversion course, CA Foundations offers an alternative pathway to entry.

    This option is not a postgraduate program but the content has been developed to address the same levels of knowledge expected from an accredited conversion course.

    You do not need to hold a completed degree to enter CA Foundations. You can enrol in CA Foundation units in your final year of degree level study.

    Standard Assessment of Qualifications

    Download the form and apply.

    Apply now
  • Overseas qualifications entry

    If you have a recognised overseas qualification, you can apply to enter the CA Program by:

    • Having your degree or other qualification assessed and recognised as at least equivalent to an Australian or New Zealand bachelor's degree
    • Completing further study to close any competency gaps, through an accredited conversion course or the CA Foundations pathway.

    Assessment process

    To apply for a qualification assessment, download and complete the standard assessment form below. 

    You will need to have your overseas qualifications assessed by us before applying for the Program, or enrolling in an accredited conversion or CA Foundations course.

    The assessment will confirm if your overseas qualification is deemed by CA ANZ to be equivalent to an Australian or New Zealand bachelor degree; and if you have the necessary level of knowledge in the required competency areas.

    If you are still studying towards your Bachelor degree, you can still have the academic courses you have successfully completed assessed by CA ANZ. It is important to note that incomplete courses cannot be assessed.

    If knowledge gaps are identified, you will need to enrol in a conversion course at an accredited tertiary provider or CA Foundations and pass any of the identified subjects.

    You can start taking CA Foundation units in your final year of degree study.

    Once your degree has been conferred and you have completed the prerequisites for at least one CA Program module, you can apply for membership as a Provisional CA and enrol in the CA Program.

    Standard Assessment of Qualifications

    Download the form and apply.

    Apply now
  • Accredited Tertiary Courses

    Meeting the requirements

    Find out if your tertiary education meets the Chartered Accountants Program competency area requirements by using the Accredited Tertiary Course lists (ATC) below.

    • Select the schedule that relates to the year you started your academic course
    • Locate your tertiary institution
    • Choose your level of qualification from the schedule
    • Check your subject codes and subject names against the required competence areas in the schedule.

    If you have completed an Australian or New Zealand qualification you are encouraged to assess yourself using the ATC list.

    If you believe you meet all the requirements you can apply for provisional membership.

    If you believe you need to complete more study, use the ATC list to help guide you to the appropriate subjects.

  • Required Competency Areas

    What you need to know

    To ensure success in the Chartered Accountants Program, applicants need to demonstrate that they have sufficient knowledge in the following areas:

    • Accounting systems & processes
    • Financial accounting & reporting
    • Audit & assurance
    • Business law
    • Economics
    • Finance & financial management
    • Management accounting
    • Quantitative methods
    • Taxation
    • Information technology
    • Ethics.

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