Become a Chartered Accountant

Expand your career options and develop highly valued business skills

In brief

  • Gain an internationally recognised Postgraduate Qualification (GradDipCA)
  • Join a 1,000,000 strong global knowledge network through the Global Accounting Alliance
  • Access a range of learning resources and exclusive member benefits along the way

Shape your future

In a world of constant change, the market needs business leaders who are trusted for their knowledge, professionalism and adaptability.

Chartered Accountants are sought after for their ability to lead businesses through complex issues and decision making; their analytical reasoning; their strong work ethic and professional integrity.

Becoming a CA will provide you with a platform that will assist you to develop your technical expertise in accounting, communicate technical knowledge and solve business challenges.

Membership through CA enrolment can open up a wealth of opportunities, including access to international markets through our reciprocal arrangements with Global Accounting Alliance members.

How to become a Chartered Accountant

  • Great reasons to become a CA

    Being a member with us gives you access to an array of benefits, including:

    • A 117,000-strong network of fellow CA professionals and more than 1 million highly qualified accounting professionals around the world
    • Access to current thought leadership and technical news across many industries
    • Professional guidance and technical support
    • Member guidance, including mediation and mentoring
    • Library and personalised research services
    • Member events and access to event resources
    • Subscription to Acuity, our award-winning monthly business magazine
    • An opportunity to be recognised as a specialist in business valuation, SMSF and financial planning.

    Apply now

    Apply to become a Provisional Member.

    Apply nowEntry requirements
  • Pathways to CA Membership

    You can apply for CA membership and start your journey through one of the following pathways

    • CA Program - Join as a provisional CA member and successfully complete the CA Program including three years of mentored practical experience.
    • Accounting Academic - Be a qualified and experienced accounting academic
    • Recognised Overseas Member - Be a current member of an overseas accounting body that is recognised by Chartered Accountants ANZ
  • The CA Program

    The CA Program is made up of two components - the Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting (GradDip CA) which is a postgraduate qualification awarded under the Australian Qualifications Framework  and three years of approved practical experience.

    The CA Program is designed to help you grow your technical knowledge and professional aptitude through applied, real-life examples along with mentored practical experience.

    CA Program Modules

    View an overview of the CA Program structure and admission criteria before you commence your CA journey.

    Course descriptions

    Learning support

    We know balancing work and study is challenging, which is why we have developed an effective support system for candidates to successfully complete the program. 

    The CA Program incorporates both online and face-to-face learning, making it easier to balance workplace commitments with your studies.

    Resources and support include:

    • An online learning space where you can access a range of resources and interactive activities
    • Access to technical specialists and educators for each module to help guide you through the Program
    • Face-to-face support through our popular CA Study Masterclass: these optional workshops can help you stay on track with your learning and prepare for your online assessments and final exam
    • Events and training sessions that feature technical and career development advice and education

    Provisional membership

    To start the CA Program you need to apply for Provisional Membership.

    As a Provisional member you will be required to pay an annual subscription, the first year will be pro-rated based on your approval date. 

    You’re also entitled to a range of member benefits, including: Access to a global community of more than 110,000 professionals through LinkedIn groups, networking, training and social events  A subscription to Acuity, our monthly magazine filled with insight and foresight on matters of economics, business and finance networking and social events, discounted education and other lifestyle and business discounts.

    Apply now

    Apply to become a Provisional Member.

    Apply now
  • Applying for CA membership after the CA Program

    If you have completed the CA Program pathway to membership, you will need to apply for full CA membership online with the following documentation:

               Note: Your professional and member references must each be completed by two different people                   

    NZ Residents only

    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.

    Apply for full membership

    Your journey to full membership.

    Apply now
  • Accounting academics

    To be admitted to CA membership as an accounting academic, you need a qualification in accounting or related subject that is recognised as the equivalent to a doctorate or masters level qualification in Australia or New Zealand.

    You also need to be currently employed at lecturer level or above, and have been for at least five years,  by one or more recognised universities or other higher education providers in Australia or New Zealand.

    Apply today

    Download and submit the application form for accounting academics.

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  • Recognised Overseas Member

    Select from one of the following Recognised Overseas Bodies to find out specific application requirements

    Global Accounting Alliance (GAA)

    If you are a current member in good standing of one of the below Global Accounting Alliance (GAA) reciprocal member bodies and you gained membership through the professional program pathway you can apply for full CA membership of Chartered Accountants ANZ:

    • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
    • Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI)
    • Chartered Professional Accountants Canada (CPA Canada) – reciprocity applies to CPA, CA, CMA and CGA members 
    • Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA)
    • Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland (ICAS) 
    • Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW)
    • South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)

    Documentary requirements for each body are outlined in section 13 of the Special Admissions form.

    Apply today 

    Download and complete our: Application for Special Admission to Membership Form to apply.

    Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

    Members of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) living in Australia or New Zealand who meet the below requirements can apply for CA membership with CA ANZ:

    • Be a full member of ACCA in good standing who completed ACCA’s professional program; and
    • Have at least five years post-qualification experience; and
    • Be currently living in Australia or New Zealand

    If you are a current or former Chartered Accountants Program candidate, your progress through the Program will be considered during the assessment of your application.

    Apply today 

    Download and complete our: Application for Special Admission to Membership Form to apply.

    Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICA India)

    Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICA India) members who live in Australia or New Zealand can apply for reciprocal CA membership if they meet the following requirements:

    • Be currently living and/or working in Australia or New Zealand; and
    • Hold a recognised Bachelor’s degree comparable to a NZ/AU Level 7 Bachelor’s degree; and
    • Pass the Capstone module of the CA Program, within two years of the first enrolment; and   
    • Maintain your ICA India membership.

    Apply today 

    Download and complete our: Application for Special Admission to Membership Form to apply.

    Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe (ICAZ)

    If you are a current CA member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe (ICAZ) in good standing who gained membership through ICAZ's professional program you can apply for CA membership with Chartered Accountants ANZ.

    Apply today 

    Download and complete our: Application for Special Admission to Membership Form to apply.

    Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) Pathway

    Members of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) who meet the below requirements can also apply for CA membership with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ):

    • Be a full member of MICPA in good standing who completed the MICPA/CA ANZ  professional program from July 2009. Apply now; or
    • Be a full member of MICPA in good standing who completed the MICPA Professional Program pre July 2009 and at least 3 - 5 years post qualification experience. Apply now.

    A New Concessional Membership Rate for CA ANZ Membership to be Introduced 

    • Any person who has qualified through the MICPA/CA ANZ program and lives in Malaysia, will be eligible for a new concessional rate of AUD $216.40 for their first three years of membership, with no application fee. 
    • Please note this new concessional rate will be effective from the 8th January 2018.

    Member Benefits 

    So what do I get from CA ANZ membership?  

    • Member events including social and sporting events 
    • Acuity magazine including online version/Acuity app
    • Life Long Learning including forums and conferences, online store and other education materials and supports, free sessions/ paid at member rates
    • Access to extensive tools and supports 
    • Newsletters/updates
    • Specialisations and associated newsletters (if applicable)
    • Future Inc publications and events
    • Mentor exchange (where applicable)
    • Members lounge access in main cities
    • Member networks
    • Affinity products and services
  • What else do I need to know?

    Certificate of Public Practice.

    Member’s intending to offer accounting services to the public must be a CA and must hold a Certificate of Public Practice (CPP).

    Learn more

    Read more about Certificate of Public Practice (CPP)

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    Audit rights

    CA ANZ membership does not automatically confer full audit rights. From 1 July 2012, all members who perform issuer audits will need to hold a licence.

    Learn more

    Further information on Auditor regulation and the Special admission application form can be found below.

    Auditor regulationSpecial Admission Application Form