Affiliate Membership and Non-Member Principal Status

Essential for all principals in practice without a CA designation

IN BRIEF

  • If your practice uses the 'Chartered Accountants' name, all principals need to be a CA or Affiliate member or hold Non-Member Principal (NMP) status
  • Affiliate membership or NMP status is for any principal or partner of a Chartered Accounting firm without a CA designation
  • Becoming an Affiliate member or NMP also gives you access to extensive professional support and timely information

Extend your influence

To be a chartered firm, all practice principals and directors need to be a Chartered Accountant or hold Affiliate membership or NMP status with us. 

Benefits

Becoming an Affiliate Member or NMP also gives you access to extensive professional support and important information.

  • Access to quality, up-to-date knowledge and information across a broad range of industry related fields
  • Networking opportunities with members and industry experts
  • Professional and technical support.

In Australia, you are entitled to use the ‘Affiliate - Chartered Accountants ANZ’ designation after your name on your business card and signature.

Practice Entity Membership

If you live in Australia, you can also apply for Practice Entity Membership

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Liability capping scheme (AU only)

Extra risk management for your firm.

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Before you become an Affiliate or NMP

To qualify for Affiliate membership or NMP status, you need to:

  • Apply to become an Affiliate member (AU), or
  • Apply to become a Non-Member Principal (NZ)
  • Hold a recognised degree from an Australian or New Zealand university (or have an equivalent overseas qualification)
  • Have a minimum of 5 years full-time postgraduate experience, either in accountancy or a related area of expertise
  • Agree to the standards of practice and professional conduct expected of a Chartered Accountants ANZ member  
  • Demonstrate a satisfactory understanding of the ethical and public practice requirements of Chartered Accountants ANZ
  • Complete the Affiliate Admission Program and Public Practice Program

You will need to include a copy of your degree or qualification certificates and transcripts with your application.

There are additional requirements, depending on where you practice, which will need to be met. These can be viewed in the sections below.

Location-based requirements

  • Australian members

    As part of your application, you must also agree to:

    • Be bound by the Chartered Accountants ANZ Royal Charter, By-laws, and Regulations.

    As an Affiliate, you aren’t able to hold a Certificate of Public Practice (CPP).

    No more than half of those with voting rights in your practice, including principals, directors or holders of an interest in the practice can be Affiliates.

    If you leave the practice to work elsewhere, you no longer have Affiliate membership. Membership is linked to your employment, not to you individually.

  • New Zealand members

    In New Zealand, as part of your Non-Member Principal application, you must also agree to: 

    • Be bound by the Chartered Accountants ANZ Royal Charter, By-laws, Regulations, NZICA Act and NZICA Rules
    • Abide by the Code of Ethics set by the NZ Regulatory Board
    • Complete the CA ANZ Public Practice Program (PPP)
    • Provide a written statement of support from one of your practice principals who is an existing CA ANZ member

    As a non-member principal, you are not able to hold a Certificate of Public Practice (CPP).

    No more than 49% of the principals, directors, holders of an interest in the practice or those who have voting rights can be non-member principals.

    If you leave the practice to work elsewhere, you will lose your non-member principal status. The status is linked to your employment, not to you individually.