How To Become A Chartered Accountant

Follow the process outlined below to become a fully qualified Chartered Accountant

The pathway to becoming a CA is a rewarding one that combines the rigour of education and the application of learned skills in the workplace via the Practical Experience requirement.

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STEP 1: Do you meet the entry requirements to access the CA Program and Provisional Membership?

Academic entry requirements:

  • Hold an accredited degree or qualification that has been assessed by CA ANZ as equivalent to at least an Australian or New Zealand Bachelor degree (level 7 or higher) with coverage of required competency areas; and
  • Meet adequate Required Competence through completed study to commence at least one CA Program technical module.

Other requirements:

  • Australia based applicants who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents, must hold a visa that entitles them to study the CA Program.

Learn about the CA Program admission criteria to find out more about our entry requirements.

Alternative Qualifications

If you hold a non-accredited degree or an overseas qualification, refer to our Academic entry pathways information.

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STEP 2: Apply for Provisional Membership

Before you enrol in the CA Program or individual modules you must apply for Provisional Membership. You can do this by providing your official academic documentation and by completing the Provisional Membership Application.

For more information, read the How to apply for the CA Program page.

If the application is successful, Provisional Members are required to pay an annual membership subscription fee.

Processing times are approximately 20 business days except during peak periods when longer processing times may occur.

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STEP 3: Complete your CA Program studies and Practical Experience

Once your Provisional Membership application has been accepted, you will be eligible to enrol in your first CA Program module.

Check the CA Program timetables page for upcoming enrolment dates, and read this handy guide to online module enrolment.

Read about the approved employment criteria to meet to complete the three-year practical experience component of the Program here. Details of your practical experience can be completed before, during or after the CA Program modules.

More information on the CA Program modules and timetables:

CA Program modules

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Practical experience requirements

Learn more about the approved employment criteria required for the practical experience component of the CA Program.

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STEP 4: Apply for full CA Membership

Once you have completed all components of the CA Program, you can apply for full CA Membership with Chartered Accountants ANZ. Processing times are approximately 20 business days, except during peak periods when longer processing times may occur.

How to apply for full CA Membership

Learn more how to make your online application to become a full CA.

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If the application is successful, you will also need to pay an annual fee. You can find out more information about membership fees here.

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Certificate of Public Practice (Optional)

In addition to applying for membership to CA ANZ, you will need to apply for a Certificate of Public Practice (CPP) if you plan to provide services to the public as a Chartered Accountant. You may also apply for audit rights to practice and perform audit duties in Australia and New Zealand if you are living in Australia or New Zealand.

Apply for Certificate of Public Practice (CPP)

More information on the certificate of public practice.

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Apply for Audit Rights

More information on audit rights.

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Alternative pathways to CA Membership

Find out how you can apply to become a CA if you are a member of an overseas accounting body, or as an academic.