Associate Chartered Accountant

NOTE: Entry to the ACA College closes on 30 June 2018

 If you are either a provisional ACA member at that date, or a student who has started studying toward ACA at that date, there will be transitional arrangements to allow you to enter the college after 1 July 2018 – read more below.

If you are a current ACA member you will be able to remain as an ACA – read more below.

Current ACA members

The ACA college is remaining open for current members. You can retain your designation and remain an ACA. The ACA college is being closed to new entrants from 30 June 2018.

If you would like to move from ACA to CA, you will need to complete an existing pathway.

In addition, in response to member feedback, we are considering developing a new pathway from ACA to CA which will be based on qualifications and work experience that aligns with CA competencies. The CA ANZ Board will consider a proposal for this pathway early in 2018.

Further details of the new pathway will be available in the second quarter of 2018.

Future ACA members

Transitional arrangements will be available for provisional ACA members and students currently studying towards ACA.

For Provisional ACA members at 30 June 2018:

  • You will have until 30 June 2020 to complete the ACA practical experience requirements to become an ACA; alternatively you may wish to complete the requirements for CA membership.

For those who are currently completing academic study towards ACA membership:

  • You will have until 30 June 2020 to complete your academic study and become a provisional ACA member. You will then have until 30 June 2022 to complete your practical experience requirements. You also have an option to change your course to CA or AT.

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Practical experience

You are required to complete a year of relevant accounting employment and a year of approved employment.

Each role must be at least 17.5 hours per week for a minimum duration of three months (full time equivalent based on a 35 hour week).

Relevant accounting employment

Relevant accounting employment must provide a depth of experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • financial accounting
  • auditing
  • general practice
  • management accounting
  • taxation
  • financial management
  • treasury
  • academia
  • information systems
  • comparable sub-divisions of accounting

This experience must have been verified by your supervisor or manager and reviewed by a CA who has been a member for at least five years.

Relevant Accounting Employment Form

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Approved employment

You also need to have completed one year of approved employment at an Approved Training Employer (ATE) under the guidance of a CA ANZ recognised mentor.

You need to have developed technical competence to an Intermediate level (level 2) in one of the following areas:

  • accounting academic
  • accounting information systems
  • auditing
  • external reporting
  • financial management
  • financial advice
  • insolvency and reconstructions
  • management accounting
  • taxation

Additionally, you need to have developed non-technical competencies to an Intermediate level (level 2) in all of the following areas:

  • teamwork
  • organisational skills
  • research and evaluation
  • decision making
  • exercising ethical and professional behaviour
  • communication and interpersonal skills

Professional Ethics (PETH)

A new Professional Ethics course commences in February, with four course offerings during 2018.  

A distinguishing mark of the accountancy profession is its acceptance of the responsibility to act in the public interest. Chartered Accountants ANZ advances and upholds this responsibility by requiring its members to maintain and observe a high level of professional and ethical conduct at all times.

This course will provide an understanding of the accounting profession in New Zealand and it will explain the role of Accounting Technicians (AT) and Associate Chartered Accountants (ACA) in upholding their responsibilities both as advocates of public interest and as members of CA ANZ. 

Key features of the 2018 Professional Ethics (2018 PETH) course include:

  • 25 hours of online study covering 11 learning units.
  • 90-minute multiple choice, closed-book, paper-based examination held throughout New Zealand.
  • The cost for six weeks access to the online study and the examination is $345 including gst.
  • You need to be a provisional AT or provisional ACA member before you can register for the PETH course.

The first 2018 PETH course (PETH181) commences on 14 February.   Enrolments open on Monday 11 December and close on Friday 2 February  

Applying for Full ACA Membership

If you have completed the practical experience requirements and PETH, you can apply for full ACA membership online by logging into our website.

To apply online you will need the following documentation:

You must include a Criminal Conviction Information letter supplied by the New Zealand Ministry of Justice. These can be obtained by requesting a Criminal Conviction History from the Ministry’s website. 

If you have lived in a country other than New Zealand or Australia for periods of 12 months or more during the last 10 years, you are required to obtain a police clearance certificate(s) from the country or countries you have lived. The certificate must be a scanned copy of the original that is dated within 6 months of your application. Further information regarding this certificate can be found on the New Zealand Immigration website.

Each application will be considered on its merits and any details of any convictions will be kept confidential.

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