How to become a Chartered Accountant

Becoming a Chartered Accountant (CA) could set you up to thrive in business in different parts of the world. It's a highly regarded professional qualification with international recognition. CAs can work in a wide range of exciting and challenging careers. If you'd like to join their ranks, here are the steps:

You need certain academic qualifications

To be eligible to start the CA Program, you need to have a degree-level qualification which is recognised by us, such as:

  • An accredited bachelor's or master's degree
  • A degree which hasn't been accredited by us, but is considered to be the equivalent to an Australian or New Zealand degree (level 7 or higher) with coverage of required competence areas.
  • An overseas qualification that has been assessed and recognised by us.

If you don't meet the academic requirements, you can bridge any knowledge or competency gaps by completing an accredited conversion course or our CA Foundations pathway.

Once you enrol, you need practical experience

CA Program candidates must also complete three years of approved employment.

Approved employment is recognised when you are:

  • Working in a relevant accounting role with an Approved or Recognised Training Employer
  • Working for at least 17.5 hours per week for a period of three months or longer
  • Under the guidance of a recognised mentor

A brief look at the modules

  • AAA: Audit and Assurance

    Accountants need to keep up to date with changing audit requirements. 

    The AAA module requires you to apply your knowledge to a variety of practical scenarios.

    Example units include:

    • Assurance purpose and framework.
    • Auditing standards and quality control.
    • Pre-engagement activities.
    • Understanding the entity and its environment.Analysing audit risks.
  • FIN: Financial Accounting & Reporting

    Financial Accounting is the cornerstone of an accountant's work.

    The FIN module is 12 weeks long, and utilises online learning materials.

    Example units include:

    • Financial reporting.
    • Presentation of financial statements.
    • Revenue.Income taxes.
    • Foreign exchange.
  • MAAF: Management Accounting & Applied Finance

    Accountants help organisations make better business decisions.

    The MAAF module gives you skills and knowledge through two integrated case studies.

    Example units include:

    • Organisational structure and control.
    • Business risk management.
    • Business planning: budgeting & forecasting.
    • Performance analysis & reporting.
    • Treasury and financial management.
  • TAX: Taxation

    Taxation is a critical part of an accountant’s role, relevant to business and personal life.

    The TAX module examines and applies relevant Australian tax law to simulated real-life scenarios.

    Example units include:

    • Australian taxation fundamentals.
    • Trading stock.
    • GST and other taxes.
    • Taxation of employment remuneration.
    • Capital Gains Tax (CGT) fundamentals.
  • Capstone module

    Capstone is the pinnacle of the CA Program.

    The Capstone module gets to you apply your knowledge to real-world business simulations.

    The module study includes:

    • 8 professional skill areas.
    • 15 weeks in duration.
    • 3 mandatory workshops and self-study.
    • 140 hours expected average minimum workload.

    Capstone also includes three segments:

    Segment 1 - Analysing data and communicating with and making ethical decisions.

    Segment 2 - Thinking critically and solving business problems and using technical knowledge and professional skills.

    Segment 3 - Integrating relevant accounting and business knowledge and examining corporate governance framework impact.

On completion of all of these modules, you'll receive a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting (GradDip CA).

The CA Program is Australia’s only professional accounting qualification with Graduate Diploma status, and the GradDipCA can also be used to gain credits towards over 60 Masters degrees offered by Australian universities.

You can also apply for CA membership once you've completed the requirements of the CA Program.

Once approved, you can receive your Certificate of Membership at a new member event in your state!

The CA Program combines academic study, business and leadership skills training, and mentored practical experience to develop the talent of tomorrow. It’s a long and rigorous journey, but you could graduate with a high academic standard and enjoy strong international demand for your skills.*

*Course entry requirements, including assumed knowledge apply for the CA Program. To find out more visit International opportunities may require additional training in some countries and be subject to country specific visa requirements and other restrictions.