Pathway to membership from CPA Australia

Become a Chartered Accountant through recognition of eligibility

In brief

  • Experienced members of CPA Australia may be eligible to become members of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Special Admission to Membership application form must be submitted for assessment

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand offers a pathway for Full members of CPA Australia to be admitted as a Chartered Accountant.

Current Full members in good standing of CPA Australia may apply for admission to CA ANZ as a Special Admission under By-Law 14. To apply:

1. Check your Eligibility

CPA Australia members must meet the following criteria before making an application for CA ANZ membership:

  • Your admission to CPA Australia membership was granted on the basis of your successful completion of the CPA Australia professional program.
  • You hold a qualification recognised as comparable to an Australian or New Zealand Bachelor's degree.
  • You have had at least 10 years of experience post your admission to CPAA as a Full member.
  • You have attained a senior position/s in your career.

2. You need to provide us with these documents:

  • A Letter of good standing from CPAA issued within the last 3 months confirming your pathway to membership and the start date of your full membership.
  • Copies of your tertiary qualification certificate/s and transcript/s.
  • List of continuing professional development activities (including number of hours) in the past three (3) years.
  • A copy of your CV outlining positions held over the past 10 years.
  • 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

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1. I hold a CPA practising certificate. Do I need a CA ANZ Certificate of Public Practice (CPP)?

This depends on whether you are working for a CA firm or a CPA firm. If you hold a CPA practising certificate and do not work for a CA firm, then you can apply for a CPP exemption. This would remain valid so long as you continue to renew your CPA practising certificate each year and do not move to a CA firm.

If you are working for a CA firm, then you would need to hold a CA ANZ CPP. It's likely in this situation that you are already an Affiliate member with CA ANZ and are looking to move from being an Affiliate member to a CA.

2. Will Chartered Accountants ANZ recognise my CPA Fellowship?

Fellow members of CPA Australia or any other professional body will not automatically become CA Fellows on admission to CA ANZ. If you are a Fellow CPA, you can be nominated for Fellowship in the same way any full CA ANZ member can be nominated and considered by the CA ANZ Council. Nominations must be made by two full members of CA ANZ (members may not nominate themselves) and are accepted between April and July each year. All nominations are first considered by the local Regional Council and then by the Council of CA ANZ. Fellowships are conferred annually in November or December.

Fellowships and Meritorious Service Awards

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3. Do I need to maintain my CPA Australia membership if I become a member of CA ANZ?

Any decision on whether to maintain your membership with CPA Australia rests solely with you. CA ANZ does not require you to retain your CPA Australia membership.

If you hold a CPA practising certificate, it is likely that you will need to apply for a CA ANZ Certificate of Public Practice if you were to let your CPA Australia membership lapse. Please review the information on CPPs at the page below if you believe this may apply to your situation.

Certificate of Public Practice

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3. Apply for Special Admission to Full CA ANZ Membership

Complete the Application for Special Admission to Membership Form. 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.

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