CPA Australia

CPA Australia is one of the world's largest accounting bodies with a membership of more than 132,000 finance, accounting and business professionals across the globe.

Our core services to members include education, training, technical support and advocacy. Staff and members work together with local and international bodies to represent the views and concerns of the profession to governments, regulators, industries, academia and the general public.

Our vision and mission

Our international presence continues to grow in terms of representation on international bodies and influence in the profession globally. In areas of financial reporting, taxation and corporate governance we are thought leaders in Australia and internationally.

CPA Australia's 2009 – 11 corporate planCPA Australia's 2009 – 11 corporate plan focuses on:

  • operating as a globally branded organisation
  • being the global professional accountancy designation for strategic business leaders
  • engaging with employers
  • meeting members' knowledge needs
  • branding CPA Australia as an even stronger competitor in the global marketplace

What is a CPA?

A CPA is a finance, accounting and business professional with a specific qualification. The CPA designation is a mark of high professional competence. It indicates a soundness in depth, breadth and quality of accountancy knowledge.

The designation is widely regarded by employers and members. It provides members with an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification as well as the opportunity to complete specialist training and continuing professional development (CPD). To use the CPA designation, a member must:

  • complete an undergraduate degree accredited by CPA Australia
  • complete CPA Program, a comprehensive postgraduate professional study program
  • complete of three years supervised or mentored experience in finance, accounting or business
  • undertake CPD activities each year
  • comply to a strict code of conduct set by CPA Australia

To offer public accounting services, CPAs must also complete CPA Australia's Public Practice Program, which involves distance learning and a residential component , and must hold a Public Practice Certificate in accordance with the CPA Australia's by-laws.