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

  • 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 now

    Apply to become a Provisional Member.

    Apply nowEntry requirements
  • 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 CA Program 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 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 courses

    View each of the core course module descriptions to start 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. 

    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 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.

    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.

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  • 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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  • 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