Become a Chartered Accountant

Expand your career options and develop highly valued business skills

In brief

  • Join us as a Provisional Member (subject to eligibility criteria) and complete the CA Program to earn your membership
  • The Program is made up of five modules and a period of mentored practical experience
  • 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 can open up a wealth of opportunities, including access to international markets through our reciprocal arrangements with Global Accounting Alliance members.

Become a Chartered Accountant

  • How to join

    To apply for membership you need to satisfy one of the following requirements:

    • Successfully complete the Chartered Accountants Program plus three years of mentored practical experience
    • Be a qualified accounting academic
    • Be a current member of an overseas accounting body that is recognised by Chartered Accountants ANZ
  • The CA Program

    The path to earning the CA designation will help you develop the skills and knowledge to become a business leader.

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

    The 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 courses

    View each of the core course module descriptions to start your CA journey.

    Course descriptions

    Provisional membership

    To start the Chartered Accountants 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. Payment enables you to enrol in program modules.

    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.

    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. 

    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

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    Apply to become a Provisional Member.

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  • Accounting academics

    To join us 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 will also need to have been an accounting academic for at least five years and be currently employed at a lecturer level or above by a recognised university or other recognised higher education provider in Australia or New Zealand.

    Apply today

    Download and submit the application form for accounting academics.

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  • Great reasons to become a CA

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

    • A 115,000-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
    • Advisory services, including mediation, mentoring and legal advice
    • 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 today

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  • What do I need to apply for full membership

    CA Program Pathway (By-Law 10)

    To apply online having:

    • completed the CA Program and 3 years Approved Employment
    • MICPA membership by qualifying post July 2009 and having completed the CA Program (except Taxation)

    You will need to make sure you have the following documents:

    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.

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    Your journey to full membership.

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    Special Admission Pathway (By-Law 12)

    If you are a current member in good standing who gained membership through a standard pathway of one of the following accounting bodies you can apply for full membership by completing the Special Admission form. If you gained membership of your accounting body through a third party agreement you will need to apply for a standard assessment.

    Documentary requirements for Special Admission are outlined in section 13 of the form:

    • Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA)
    • Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI)
    • Chartered Professional Accountants Canada (CPAC). Reciprocity only applies to CA members of CPAC.
    • Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland (ICAS)
    • South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)

    If you are a member of one of the following bodies please refer to additional information below:

    • Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW)
      You are required to maintain your ICAEW membership.
    • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
    • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
    • The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA)

    ICA India Members

    Living in New Zealand

    To become a provisional member you will have:

    • A recognised Bachelor’s degree comparable to a NZ/AU Level 7 Bachelor’s degree.
    • Full Associate membership with ICA India gained through the standard examination pathway.
    • Completed study in NZ Business Law.

    After applying for provisional membership you will then:

    • Complete the NZ Taxation module of the CA Program.
    • Complete the Capstone module of the CA Program.

    For Full CA membership with CA ANZ, you will need a Mentors Final Report verified by a CA ANZ member or a member of a GAA body that CA ANZ have a reciprocal agreement with, confirming the completion of a minimum two years (full-time equivalent) post-qualification practical experience, in NZ or India. With completion of two technical competencies:

    • one to a level 3
    • one to a level 2 and;
    • all non-technical competencies to a level 3

    Full members who qualified from 1 January 2006 will not be required to demonstrate post-qualification practical experience.

    Please note you are required to maintain your ICA India membership.

    Living in Australia

    ICA India members living in Australia do not need to apply for Provisional Membership with CA ANZ.

    To become a full member you need to:

    • Be a full Associate member of ICA India in good standing who completed ICA India’s professional program
    • Be currently living and/or working in Australia
    • Hold a recognised Bachelor’s degree comparable to a NZ/AU Level 7 Bachelor’s degree.
    • Pass the Capstone module of the CA Program, within two years of the first enrolment.
    • You are required to maintain your ICA India membership.
  • 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).

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    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