Use your GAA membership to become a CA

If you’re a member of a Global Accounting Alliance (GAA) organisation who gained membership through a professional pathway program you may be eligible to apply for CA ANZ membership.

GAA reciprocal member bodies are:

  • AICPA - American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • ICAEW - The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
  • CPA Canada - Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (Reciprocity applies to CA, CMA and CGA members)
  • ICAS - The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
  • CAI - Chartered Accountants Ireland
  • HKICPA - Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (Find out about the special admission fee waiver)
  • SAICA - The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants

The pathway to becoming a CA with CA ANZ for full members of a GAA reciprocal body is straightforward. Simply follow the steps below to apply for CA ANZ membership.

GAA Step 1 GAA Step 2


Step 1: Meet criteria and obtain required documentation


Full GAA members must meet the following criteria before making an application for CA ANZ Membership:

  • be a current full member in good standing of a GAA reciprocal member body
  • gained their membership through the standard examination pathway (not through a third-party arrangement)
  • A Letter of Good Standing or Confirmation Letter from your GAA body. The letter must be dated within 3 months of the date of your application for membership and confirm:
    • that you are a current full member in good standing
    • the date your full membership was granted
    • your membership number
    • your membership was gained through the standard examination pathway.
    • If your Letter of Good Standing or Confirmation Letter does not confirm your full membership date, please provide a copy of your Membership Certificate.
  • Evidence of your identity. This should be in the form of a colour copy of your biographic passport page, driver’s licence, national identity card, birth certificate, citizenship certification or proof of age card. We will also accept colour copies of certificates of identity, refugee travel document, emergency travel documents or citizenship certificates as proof of identity. If you are a citizen of Singapore, do not include a copy of your National Identity card.
  • Two CA references from CA ANZ Members (please use the below reference form). Consideration can be made if one of the two references is from a full member of a GAA body that we hold a reciprocal arrangement with or an FCCA member of ACCA. Both references must be a full and current member of at least 3 years standing.

Special Admission to Membership - Member Reference

Additional documentation required by below members only:


Your Letter of Good Standing issued by the State Board, must confirm you have completed the US Uniform CPA Exam and that you hold a current US CPA Licence. It must also confirm completion of a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

CPA Canada – CMA and CGA Members
  • Your Letter of Good Standing issued by CPA Canada, must confirm you have completed two years relevant post qualification experience. Relevant experience must involve the use of accounting, management advisory, financial advisory, tax or consulting skills in public practice, private industry, non-profit or government.
  • A current CV/Resume
  • Verification of core values and skills report signed and dated within three months of application received date.

Verification of Core Values and Skills Report 

New Zealand based applicants
  • All applicants living in New Zealand must upload a Ministry of Justice report dated within the last 6 months with their application.
  • If you have spent a period of 12 months or more during the past 10 years living in a different country, you will also need to provide a current police report from that country.

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Step 2: Apply for Special Admission to Full CA ANZ Membership

Please read the application form carefully to understand all our entry requirements specific to your GAA membership body.

Processing times vary depending on the volume of current applications. Please allow up to 40 business days.

You will be advised of current processing times via email once your application has been received.

Full CA ANZ Membership

More information on the benefits of full CA ANZ membership.

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Maintenance of Home Body Membership

CA ANZ strongly recommends that home body membership is maintained once you are a reciprocal member of CA ANZ. If you have any questions about maintenance of home body membership, contact your home body to discuss.

As an alternative to full CA ANZ membership, you may wish to consider whether the GAA Passport meets your needs for local professional support. This free service offers members of GAA bodies residing in Australia and New Zealand access to CA ANZ member services (including member pricing for events and CPD).


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 enable you the right to practice and perform audit duties in Australia and New Zealand if you are living in Australia or New Zealand.

Certificate of Public Practice (CPP)

More information on the certificate of public practice.

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Audit Rights

Audit regulation in New Zealand

Understand the requirements for members performing regulated audits in New Zealand.

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Audit regulation in Australia

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is responsible for Audit regulation in Australia.

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