How to become a CPA (certified practising accountant)
Pathways to this career
- Study a CPA-recognised degree. Don’t want to go back to uni? Study and pass CPA Australia’s foundation exams instead.
- Apply to become a member of CPA Australia.
- Complete the CPA program and gain three years of professional experience in business, finance or accounting under the guidance of a qualified mentor.
- Maintain your CPA Australia membership by participating in continuing professional development each year.
- Comply with the strict code of conduct mandated by CPA Australia.
What does a CPA do?
A CPA is responsible for general financial analysis across a range of central business functions including marketing, business planning, product costing and production. They’re often regarded as trusted specialists, thanks to their open-minded problem solving skills and comfort with tricky numbers.
Duties and tasks
- Advise on budgets and other financial activities
- Assist with external company audits
- Audit individual accounts on a random basis or according to a schedule
- Balance financial records and check for discrepancies
- Check for major financial issues
- Consult with executives and CEOs to establish budgets
- Ensure projects adhere to a budget
- Manage accountants and other financial professionals
- Publish audited financial statements
CPA Australia is an internationally regarded accounting body with over 168,000 members from over 100 countries specialising in finance, accounting and business management.
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