CPD requirements

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In Brief

  • Your designation and where you live determines the minimum CPD requirements you must do.
  • You need to complete your CPD hours over a three year period or triennium.
  • For each registered specialisation or licence you hold, you must do specific CPD hours.

How it works

Everyone has to do CPD. Whether you’re a partner or owner of a firm; an employee working full or part-time; living overseas or working in a non-accounting role, all members must do the minimum number of CPD hours for their designation every three years.

By meeting your CPD requirements, you show you are committed to staying up to date in your field and display your professionalism as a CA ANZ member. The CPD activities you choose can enhance your learning and development.

There are set requirements to meet as you complete your CPD activities. Depending on where you live and your specific designation, there are different requirements to be met and recorded for all members.

Members over 60 are granted a full exemption from completing CPD if you do not hold a Certificate of Public Practice or a specialisation or licence.If you are working, you will still need to stay up to date to maintain professional competence and CPD activities may be part of that.

The CPD requirements are defined in Regulation CR7 Continuing Professional Development.

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CPD requirements for members living in Australia

  • Formal CPD – what qualifies and how much do I need?

    This information is for members living in Australia or internationally, but not in New Zealand. Members living in New Zealand, please refer to that section

    Depending on your designation, your verifiable CPD hours vary.

    If you are:

    • A CA or affiliate, of your 120 CPD hours each triennium, 90 hours must be formal CPD. A minimum of 20 hours CPD must be completed in each year.
    • An ACA, of your 90 CPD hours each triennium 45 hours must be formal CPD. A minimum of 15 hours CPD must be completed in each year.
    • An AT, of your 60 CPD hours, 30 hours must be formal CPD. A minimum of 10 hours CPD must be completed in each year.

    Formal CPD is usually:

    • an organised activity
    • interactive
    • has a definite planned approached with clear learning objectives
    • includes some form of assessment.

    Other formal CPD activities could include:

    • CA ANZ and other international, national conferences and courses
    • CA ANZ branch courses and seminars
    • CA ANZ Special Interest Group training events
    • training from other providers or professional bodies
    • in-house training and presentations
    • assessed distance learning
    • university courses, including time taken to research and write essays
    • other structured courses
    • serving on a technical committee
    • publishing professional or academic papers, articles, research and other publications relevant to current or future work
    • developing training sessions or courses
    • facilitating and/or marking professional examinations.

    There are limits on how many hours you can claim for some of these activities.

    If you are unsure whether an activity qualifies, first check Regulation CR7. If you are still not sure, contact us.

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  • CPD related to specialisations, licences or accreditations

    Members who hold one or more statutory registrations or licences, need to complete at least 40% of their CPD in activities related to each of their registrations.

    It doesn’t matter if you do not use the registration or licences, you are still expected to meet the CPD requirements.

    One CPD activity may count towards more than one licence. The aim is to ensure that the majority of your CPD hours are relevant to any licences you may hold.

    The statutory registrations or licences are:

    • Registered company auditor;
    • Registered company liquidator;
    • Registered trustee in bankruptcy;
    • Australian Financial Services (AFS) license holder;
    • Approved SMSF auditor; and
    • Registered tax agent.

    Approved SMSF Auditors have additional CPD requirements:

    1. at least 8 hours of formal superannuation CPD
    2. at least 8 hours of formal financial statement or compliance audit CPD
    3. at least 4 hours of formal financial accounting CPD

    You will find more information in Regulation CR7.

  • Informal CPD – what qualifies and how much do I need?

    Informal CPD is also referred to as technical reading. You may complete 10 hours per year of informal CPD hours and no more than 10 hours per triennium on SMSF auditing for approved SMSF auditors.

    Reading industry journals, including Acuity, white papers or business related research articles can be included as technical reading.

  • Your CPD record

    You need to keep a record of your CPD activity. The record is not just for personal satisfaction; you may need to show your current or prospective employer. You may also need to submit your records as part of a practice review or to us if we request them for audit purposes.

    There is no specified CPD activity record format.

    You can choose to record your CPD activity online in our community; click on the tile Manage My Education. Then select My Education records on the left hand panel.

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    There is also a form you can download.

    If you prefer to keep your own record, you need to ensure it includes:

    • Date/s of the activity
    • The provider
    • Details of the learning activity undertaken
    • Number of CPD hours
    • Whether formal or informal
    • Hours allocated to a specialisation, licence or accreditation, if relevant

    If your employer maintains a record, keep an up to date copy for yourself. If you leave that employer, ask for a copy to take with you.

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  • Monitoring your CPD

    Each year at the time you complete your membership renewal, you will be asked to confirm you have complied with the CPD requirements.

    Each year, a random selection of members is included in the CPD Monitoring Programme. If selected, we contact you and ask for a copy of your CPD records. Depending on the circumstances, we may request records for a year or a triennium.

    Your records are checked to ensure you have met your CPD obligations in Regulation CR7, including the record itself. The majority of records received from members’ show they have complied.

    If you are asked to submit your records and you have not met the requirements or cannot provide your records, contact us.

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  • Managing non-compliance

    If you are asked to submit your records and you have not met the requirements or cannot provide your records, contact us as soon as you can.

    We can work with you to bring you back to compliance.

    You may be asked to:

    • Provide a statutory declaration that you have completed the hours but have not kept a record, or
    • Make up any shortfall in the next year or triennium, or
    • Provide a learning plan if the shortfall is significant.

    It’s important that you do respond if you are asked to provide your records. If you don’t, there are consequences for your membership under By-Law 21c.

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    Understand the rules around providing your CPD records.

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CPD requirements for members living in New Zealand

  • Verifiable CPD – what qualifies and how much do I need?

    This information is for members who live in New Zealand only. If you live in Australia or outside of New Zealand, please refer to that section.

    Depending on your designation, your verifiable CPD hours vary.

    If you are:

    • a CA or affiliate, of your 120 CPD hours each triennium, 60 hours must be verifiable CPD. A minimum of 20 hours CPD must be completed in each year.
    • an ACA, of your 90 CPD hours each triennium, 45 hours must be verifiable CPD. A minimum of 15 hours CPD must be completed in each year.
    • An AT, of your 60 CPD hours each triennium, 30 hours must be verifiable CPD. A minimum of 10 hours CPD must be completed in each year.

    You will also need to complete at least 4 hours of CPD on ethics every 5 years as part of your CPD requirements.

    Verifiable CPD is a learning activity than can be objectively verified by a competent source.

    Verifiable CPD is usually:

    • an organised activity,
    • interactive,
    • has a definite planned approached with clear learning objectives,
    • conducted by a qualified / trained specialist, and includes some form of assessment
    • may include some form of assessment.

    Other verifiable CPD activities could include:

    • CA ANZ and other international, national conferences and courses
    • CA ANZ branch courses and seminars
    • CA ANZ Special Interest Group training events
    • training from other providers or professional bodies
    • in-house training and presentations
    • assessed distance learning
    • university courses
    • other structured courses
    • serving on a technical committee
    • publishing professional or academic papers, articles, research and other publications relevant to current or future work
    • speaking at conferences, briefing sessions and discussion groups
    • developing training sessions or courses
    • facilitating and/or marking professional examinations.

    If you are unsure whether an activity qualifies, first check Regulation CR7. If you are still not sure, contact us.

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    Get in touch with your enquiry.

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  • Non-verifiable CPD – what qualifies and how much do I need?

    Your activities that fit this category of CPD are informal, for example, reading technical or professional articles, mentoring discussions and collegial discussion where learning is fostered.

  • CPD relating to specialisations, licenses or accreditation

    Members who hold one or more specialisations, licences or accreditations need to complete specific CPD in activities related to their specialisations, registrations or licences.

    It doesn’t matter if you do not use the registration or licence, you are still expected to meet the CPD requirements.

    Licenced auditors are required to undertake CPD that develops and maintains your professional competence required to perform your role as audit engagement partner.In addition, to complying with the standard CPD policy, licensed auditors must comply with International Education Standard 8 which is based on an outcome model.  More information can be found in our Policy and Guidance for New Zealand Licensed Auditors.

    Accredited insolvency practitioners must have at least 30 of your 60 verifiable hours relating specifically to insolvency each triennium.

    More information

    Policy and guidance for New Zealand Licenced Auditors.

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  • Your CPD record

    You need to keep a record of your CPD activity. The record is not just for personal satisfaction; you may need to show your current or prospective employer. You may also need to submit your records as part of a practice review or to us if we ask.

    There is no specified CPD activity record format.

    You can choose to record your CPD activity online in our community; click on the tile Manage My Education. Then select My Education records on the left hand panel.

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    Login to manage your CPD activity.

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    If you prefer to keep your own record, you need to ensure it includes:

    • Date/s of the activity
    • The provider
    • Details of the learning activity undertaken
    • Number of CPD hours
    • Hours allocated to a specialisation, licence or accreditation, if relevant
    • Details of the relevance of the learning activity to your current or future professional development
    • Evidence of undertaking the verifiable CPD is requested.

    If your employer maintains a record, keep an up to date copy for yourself. If you leave that employer, ask for a copy to take with you.

  • Monitoring your CPD

    Each year at the time you complete your membership renewal, you will be asked to confirm you have complied with the CPD requirements.

    Each year, a random selection of members is included in the CPD Monitoring Program. If selected, we contact you and ask for a copy of your CPD records. Depending on the circumstances, we may request records for a year or a triennium.

    Your records are checked to ensure you have met your CPD obligations in Regulation CR7, including the record itself. The majority of records received from members’ show they have complied.

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    If you are asked to submit your records and you have not met the requirements or cannot provide your records, contact us.

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  • Managing non-compliance

    If you are asked to submit your records and you have not met the requirements or cannot provide your records, contact us as soon as you can.

    We can work with you to bring you back to compliance.

    You may be asked to:

    • Provide a statutory declaration that you have completed the hours but have not kept a record, or
    • Make up any shortfall in the next year or triennium, or
    • Provide a learning plan if the shortfall is significant.

    It’s important that you do respond if you are asked to provide your records. If you don’t, there are consequences for your membership under By-Law 21c.

    Repeatedly failing to meet your requirements may result in referral to the Professional Conduct Committee.

    By-Laws

    Ensure you know the By-Laws associated with CPD.

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Rounded out skills

You choose your CPD – it’s flexible and can be gained through a range of educational activities, such as conferences, courses, workshops, technical discussion groups, webinars, in-house training or self-directed learning.

CPD isn’t restricted to accounting or financial topics, it can be an activity relevant to your current or future job or role. If any activity is structured, educational or technical in content, and enhances your ability to do your job, it may be counted as CPD.

Regulation CR7 provides guidelines for how you can identify and choose your CPD activities.

Your informal or non-verifiable hours are for keeping up to date with professional developments, such as through technical reading. This may include any reading professionally relevant for your work.

Subject to meeting any minimum requirements, any activities you complete through CA ANZ will be uploaded to your Education record.

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What’s not counted

Anything that doesn’t directly improve your professional knowledge can’t be counted as CPD. Doing extensive, daily tasks or standard administration duties don’t count as CPD hours.

If in doubt, always refer to Regulation CR7 in the Members Handbook.

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When does my triennium start?

Your triennium is calculated from 1 July after you became a member. For example if you were admitted on 12 February 2010, your triennium starts on 1 July 2010. If you were admitted on 20 September 2010, your triennium starts on 1 July 2011.

If you were originally an NZICA member, your trienniums are calculated from 1 July 2012.

If you were originally an ICAA member, your trienniums are calculated from 1 July 1994.

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