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CPA (Certified Practising Accountants)

CPA Australia is one of the world’s largest accounting bodies with a global membership of more than 150,000 members working in 120 countries around the world, with more than 25,000 members working in senior leadership positions. We provide members with internationally recognised postgraduate qualifications as well as the opportunity to complete specialist training and continue professional development.

A CPA is a finance, accounting and business professional with a specific qualification. Being a CPA is a mark of high professional competence. It indicates a soundness in depth, breadth and quality of accountancy knowledge. Our core services to members include education, training, technical support and advocacy. Employees 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 public.


Since 1986, the CPA Program has undergone many changes to maintain its relevance to the business world and to ensure CPAs are equipped to be strategic business leaders. The CPA Program continues to be recognised as a leading professional program and receives strong endorsement by employers.

The CPA Program is offered globally and last year there were more than 60 000 CPA Program exams across 69 countries and overseas territories. Collectively, around 17 per cent of our members hold senior leadership roles, including more than 25,000 members at CEO or CFO level or in business ownership roles.

The CPA Program will ensure you develop the appropriate skills, knowledge and values of a CPA through your exposure to a combination of accounting knowledge with strategic thinking and practical experience.

Once you complete the CPA Program, you will be joining one of the most globally recognised accountancy designations. 


The CPA Program is a world class, internationally recognised program. The content of the CPA Program focuses on strategy, leadership and international business. Content is globally relevant, with a focus on providing flexible learning and delivery modes.

Along with a focus on the latest technical issues and developments in the profession, the program is positioned within the broader context of contemporary business, including: corporate governance, ethics and integrity development and implementation of business strategy decision-making and leadership.

The CPA Program equips you with strong analytical and problem-solving capabilities designed to add real value to your career.


To become a CPA member, a candidate must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree or qualification that’s assessed as comparable to at least an Australian bachelor degree
  • Have three years (36 months) of supervised professional work experience
  • Complete CPA Australia’s foundation level core knowledge examinations. Exemptions may be granted if completion of studies of equivalent content and depth can be proven. This may involve tertiary degree studies or professional qualifications. Accredited course lists can be found online at:
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More information about the CPA Program can be found here:




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Chief Operating Officer,

Adam Awty

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How has the CPA accreditation impacted your professional opportunities in your previous/ current role?

Being a CPA has opened doors for me throughout my career. Because my CPA designation is recognised and valued by employers here in Australia and right around the world, I’ve had opportunities in my career I wouldn’t have had without being a CPA. I have been lucky enough to work across a diversity of sectors and gather experiences that really add to the value I bring in my role as COO at CPA Australia. I have also started expanding my career to take on non-executive director roles which is a challenging and exciting opportunity.

How has your experience as a CPA equipped you with the skills required in the accounting and finance industry?

The work you need to do during an undergraduate degree hones your technical accounting skills – the work you need to do to achieve your CPA designation takes your skills to the next level in terms of strategic application and leadership.

The CPA program teaches you the importance of governance and ethics in the modern business era and gives you the skills needed to lead businesses of the future. CPAs are brilliant accountants, but they also often end up becoming leaders in the businesses they work in because of their strategic focus and leadership qualities.

CPA Australia has a strong focus on continuous education and professional development, as a CPA you are always learning and refining your skills.

What was the most exciting and interesting part in working towards your CPA?

The CPA program was incredibly stimulating as it exposed me to things I didn’t learn as part of my undergraduate degree. I really enjoyed the challenge of learning what it means to be an accountant in practice and how to bring value to a business. CPAs become tomorrow’s leaders because of the solid foundations gained in working towards the designation.

Do you have any final tips for students who want to complete their CPA in the future?

Don’t wait. The CPA designation will help you stand out from the crowd. It is globally recognised, locally relevant and employers understand the value CPAs bring to their business. CPA Australia also has an amazing network with offices in 10 countries always there to support you on your journey.

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