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Certified Practising Accountants (CPA Australia)

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Otago BCom students majoring in Accounting can be eligible to join CPA Australia. One of the world’s largest accounting bodies with a membership of over 155,000 finance, accounting and business professionals, our core services include education, continuing professional development, technical support and advocacy for the profession. The CPA designation is recognised globally, with members in 118 countries.

The work of professional accountants is fundamental to the stability, efficiency and sustainability of individual companies, financial markets and the economies of entire countries.

CPA Australia awards a $1000 prize to the most outstanding student enrolled full-time for the degree of Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and completing papers at 300-level in Accounting worth at least 72 points.

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CPA Australia: a respected accounting body

We are one of the world’s largest accounting bodies with a membership of around 150,000 finance, accounting and business professionals. Our core services include:

  • Education
  • Continuing professional development
  • Technical support
  • Advocacy for the profession

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Becoming a CPA

Be professionally recognised around the world by becoming a CPA. The CPA Program combines professional education with 3 years’ relevant practical experience, ensuring you gain both the technical and commercial skills required to stand out. Depending on your previous studies, you can either commence the CPA Program right away or complete foundation units before starting the Program.

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What should I study?

You don’t have to have an accounting degree to become a CPA, but they do help – completing an accredited course may remove the need to sit our foundation exams.

Visit the CPA website’s Accredited Course Search function to see the courses that can streamline your entry into the CPA Program.

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CPA Australia network

The CPA Australia Network connects you to business leaders, global influencers, CPAs and game changers. The Naked CEO Alex Malley, chief executive of CPA Australia, invites students and graduates to connect to his network. Imagine having the connections of a multinational chief executive. Now you can.
Join CPA Australia’s exciting network is free to join and gives you instant access to the career edge you’ve been looking for, including:

Gain study skills, job seeking and career advice from The Naked CEO Alex Malley, chief executive, CPA Australia.

  • Exclusives

Access unique events and opportunities, Australian Open work experience and special offers from our partners.

  • Employer Partners

Be the first to hear about internship and graduate employment opportunities.

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Contact details

CPA Australia, New Zealand Office
Level 16, HSBC House
1 Queen Street
Auckland 1143
PO Box 105893
New Zealand

Tel: 64 9 913 7450

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