3 Questions About CPA Australia Membership
Beena Lal – Lecturer of Business Programme at Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS) recently received full membership from CPA Australia. Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS) is the only private tertiary education provider in New Zealand to have accreditation from CPA Australia.
We spoke with her about the membership and how it benefits students and their careers in Accounting and Business.
1. What is CPA Australia membership, and how do you become a member?
CPA (Certified Practicing Accountants) Australia is one of the world’s largest recognised accounting bodies in Australia. Its programme is globally recognised and focuses on the recent issues and developments in the profession.
CPA has two types of membership:
- Associate membership – This is the first step towards full membership. To become an associate, you need to complete an accounting related bachelor’s degree which includes all the academic requirements recognised by CPA Australia. These can be done through CPA accredited institutions, like AIS.
- Full membership – After becoming an associate, you can enrol into the CPA program to complete the six education subjects and the experience requirement within 6 years. Refer to the link: https://www.cpaaustralia.com.au/become-a-cpa
- Based on your prior study and work experience, you may get the recognition for your experience requirement. Refer to the link: https://www.cpaaustralia.com.au/cpa-program/cpa-program-candidates/your-experience
2. Does the membership help to get a job in New Zealand and Australia?
During interviews one of the questions the employers usually ask is that whether you hold a membership of a professional body such as CPA or CAANZ. It’s great to say yes, as there are a number of awesome benefits of being one. Some of them are:
- Build a great and global recognised career based on professional accounting skills
- Gives the tools (robust analytical and problem- solving capabilities) to add value as a business professional
- Well respected and trusted strategic business advisors and decision makers (Gain respect and satisfaction by assisting clients in planning and meeting their financial goals)
- Appreciate the job security and stability of being a CPA
- Being a CPA empowers you as an accountant.
- Get discounts on professional development and also receive special rates on products and services
- Gives you an instant credibility in the business world by joining one of the most globally recognised accounting designations
- Get up to date information on recent professional resources and professional developments.
3. What is the relation between CPA Australia and the Bachelor of Business at AIS?
The Bachelor of Business programme offered at AIS has got the Professional Accreditation from CPA Australia and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ). Our Bachelor of Business (Accounting) offers the recognised courses which meets all the academic requirements for admission to CAANZ and CPA Australia membership as at January 2017.
Thanks Beena Lal for a great interview.