Forensic Accounting Specialisation

Strengthen your personal brand, expand your network and capitalise on new opportunities

In Brief

  • CA Forensic Accounting Specialisation promotes you as a trusted leader in an expanding niche area
  • Recognition grows your network and enhances your personal brand in this space
  • You can choose from a range of flexible pathways to complete the program

As a CA Forensic Accounting Specialist, you are recognised for significant knowledge and experience in a growing and intellectually rewarding field that includes post-acquisition dispute, economic damages, calculations bankruptcy.

Clients consider a specialisation as an acknowledgement of your skills, knowledge and experience in:

  • Expert evidence
  • Consulting expert
  • Arbitrations/mediations
  • Expert determinations
  • Fraud investigations
  • Financial investigations (including asset tracing)
  • Loss and damage assessments
  • Disputed business valuations (including shareholder disputes)
  • Family law disputes (including trust / estate disputes)
  • Insurance claims (including business interruption)
  • Personal injury claims
  • Intellectual property claims
  • Professional negligence claims (including auditor negligence)
"The most exciting part is jumping into a new matter and learning about a new client and new problem, particularly if it's a high profile matter that relates to something like the Banking Royal Commission. That's always exciting."
Dawna Wright CA
 

The benefits

  • Build your brand - Adding CA Forensic Accounting Specialist under your name on correspondence and marketing collateral sets you apart from the rest. You also have the exclusive right to include a Chartered Accountants ANZ branded specialist banner in your communications.
  • Open doors - As a CA Forensic Accounting Specialist you can capitalise on opportunities for referrals from other practitioners, strategic partners, associated professionals and clients.
  • Strengthen your reputation -Your recognition as a CA Forensic Accounting Specialist acknowledges your skills, knowledge and experience to clients.
  • Expand your network - Networking events with your peers can provide insights into your field and forge valuable business relationships.
  • Expand your reach - Be included in the searchable online directory 'Find a CA' located on CA ANZ's website. This promotes you as a CA Forensic Accounting specialist to the broader community as an expert in this field. 
  • Stay ahead of the curve - You will have access to complimentary professional development available only to CA Forensic Accounting Specialists, plus receive a discount on the Business Valuation/Forensic Accounting Conference fee.

How to become a CA Forensic Accounting Specialist

You must be a member of Chartered Accountants ANZ and meet education and experience criteria, including the requirements of regulations CR6 and CR6D.

The program offers a choice of two pathways to entry:

1. Post graduate studies

2. Online self-study course or face to face workshop

 

Choose your pathway

  • Pathway 1 - Post-graduate studies

    Follow these steps

    1. Review the requirements - You need to be a Chartered Accountant or Affiliate with at least two years of practical business valuation experience within the previous five years, where at least 20% of employment is specifically related to forensic accounting and an additional 20% is in an area closely related to forensic accounting.

    You will also need to complete the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Accounting at Macquarie University within the previous five years. See step 2 for details.

    2. Enrol in award program - Enrol in the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Accounting at Macquarie University.

    Macquarie University

    Through Macquarie University, you must successfully complete four mandatory subjects as part of the Graduate Diploma of Forensic Accounting:

    • Forensic accounting
    • Investigation engagements
    • Loss and damage and other dispute engagements
    • Forensic accountants and the court.

    These subjects must have been completed within the 5 years prior to applying for CA Forensic Accounting Specialist recognition.

    3. Complete education - Successfully complete the Graduate Diploma of Forensic Accounting through Macquarie University.

    4. Apply for recognition - Complete and return the Forensic Accounting Specialisation Application for Recognition form, attaching references and education documents.

    References

    You’ll need to provide two professional references from individuals who can positively attest to your skills and knowledge in forensic accounting with your application.

    Consider the following when choosing your referees:

    a. One referee must be a Chartered Accountant with at least three years’ membership who has known you for 12 months or more.

    b. The two referees should not be from the same organisation.

    c. The referees must not be related to you or be an employee who reports to you.

    Education documents

    Finalise your application by attaching the following:

    • A certified copy of your qualification
    • An academic transcript related to the qualification which details the subjects which you undertook and their successful completion. These subjects must include the mandatory subjects listed in step 2 for your chosen course with Macquarie University.

    5. Application review - Following a review of your application you will be informed initially by email whether you have been approved or declined. You will also receive the CA Forensic Accounting Specialist signature banner for your promotional use. 

    If approved, you will receive a letter with welcome pack containing your approval letter and your specialisation certificate. You will also be emailed a tax invoice which includes the application fee and the pro-rated subscription fee.

    If you are declined because you do not satisfy the identified criteria, you will receive a letter and not be charged any fees.

  • Pathway 2 - Online learning or workshop program

    Follow these steps

    1. Review the requirements -You need to be a Chartered Accountant or Affiliate with at least four years of practical forensic accounting experience in the past ten years, comprising at least 20% of employment specifically in forensic accounting and up to an additional 20% is in an area closely related to forensic accounting during that time.

    You will also need to successfully complete the online self-study course or face to face workshop conducted through Macquarie University. This involves an assessment undertaken either by doing an exam or a portfolio interview. This must be completed within five years prior to applying for CA Forensic Accounting Specialisation. 

    2. Outline your experience - To get started, complete and return the Forensic Accounting Specialisation Pre-enrolment form. You will need to have access to the appropriate documents if you wish to enrol in portfolio interview

    3. Enrol at Macquarie University - Enrol in the online learning or workshop using the link which will be emailed to you by CA ANZ. You will also need to confirm the assessment method of either examination or portfolio interview when you enrol. You will need to have access to the appropriate documents if you wish to enrol in portfolio interview

    4. Complete education - Successfully complete the course assessment through Macquarie University.

    5. Apply for recognition - Complete and return the Forensic Accounting Specialist Application for Recognition form, attaching references and education document. 

    References

    You’ll need to provide two professional references from individuals who can positively attest to your skills, knowledge and experience in business valuation with your application.

    Consider the following when choosing your referees:

    1. One referee must be a Chartered Accountant with at least three years’ membership who has known you for 12 months or more.

    2. The two referees should not be from the same organisation.

    3. The referees must not be related to you.

    Education documents

    Provide a copy of your certificate as evidence of your successful completion of the online self-study course or workshop, and related assessment. 

    6. Application review - Following a review of your application you will be informed by letter if you have been approved or declined. You will also receive the CA Forensic Accounting Specialist signature banner for your promotional use. 

    If approved, you will receive a welcome pack containing your approval letter and your specialisation certificate. You will be emailed a tax invoice which includes the application fee and the pro-rated subscription fee.

    If you are declined because you do not satisfy the identified criteria, you will not be charged any fees.

2019 Intake

Intake 1

Enrolment period: 15 January  – 16 March 2019

Delivery Options:

Online learning   1 April - 24 May 2019 
Face to face workshop Melbourne  3 and 4 April 2019 
Face to Face workshop Sydney  10 and 11 April 2019

Assessment Option

Online assessment or  27 May 2019 
Portfolio interview assessment  3 June - 7 June  2019 (by arrangement with member)

Intake 2

Enrolment period: 6 May  – 19 July 2019

Delivery Options: 

Online learning  29 July - 20 September 2019  
Face to face workshop Sydney   1 and 2 August 2019 
Face to Face workshop Melbourne  5 and 6 August 2019 

Assessment Option

Online assessment or 23 or 24 September 2019 
Portfolio interview assessmen 23 September - 27 September 2019 (by arrangement with member) 

 Program fees

  • Online Workshop $1500 including cost of examination
  • Face to Face workshop $2400 including cost of examination
  • If you choose the alternate Portfolio Interview Assessment, please add $500

Specialist Accreditation Fees

  • Application fee (once-off) - $231.82 (AUD)
  • Annual specialist subscription fee - $240.00 (AUD) (excluding GST) - prorated for the first year. 

Ongoing obligations

As a CA FA Specialist, at least 40% of your CPD requirement must be undertaken in forensic accounting.

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