Accredited Tertiary Courses

Key Points

  • Accredited Tertiary Course lists
  • How to use the Accredited Tertiary Course lists
  • Qualification assessment

Each year Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand assesses Australian tertiary accounting courses. Those that satisfy the academic requirements for entry into the Chartered Accountants Program are added to the accredited course list.

Accredited course lists

These lists include undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Postgraduate accounting "conversion courses" are designed to enable graduates of other disciplines to gain satisfactory pre-requisite knowledge to meet the academic entry requirements of the Chartered Accountants Program.

How to use the accredited course lists

  • Check if your Australian* accounting degree or postgraduate accounting conversion course has been accredited by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
  • Check if your Australian* accounting degree or postgraduate accounting conversion course subjects meet the core knowledge areas required for entry to the Chartered Accountants Program.
  • Search for accredited courses and subjects covering required knowledge areas.

*Includes the Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University, Singapore

Check if your accounting degree or conversion course is accredited

Start by checking the most recent accredited course list. Look for your university and course. If you find an exact match, your course will most likely meet the eligibility criteria. You will not be required to have a standard assessment, however will still need to submit a certified copy of your academic transcript.

Course names and subject names/codes change over time, so if you can’t find an exact match you may need to check the listing for the year you commenced your degree. If the listing for the year you commenced is not available, please contact our customer service centre for a copy.

Check if your accounting degree or conversion course subjects meet the core knowledge areas

Once you have located your degree on the accredited course list, you can easily establish whether the subjects you have passed meet all the core knowledge areas.

On the accredited course list details of the core knowledge area(s) covered can be found next to the subject heading. Note all of the core knowledge areas that have been covered by the subjects you have passed.

If all of the core knowledge areas have been met and you have completed an Australian degree or overseas equivalent, you meet the academic entry requirements of the Chartered Accountants Program.

If there are core knowledge areas that have not been met, you will need to enrol in and accredited course of your choice or the CA Foundations pathway and pass the missing subjects. You can then enrol in the Chartered Accountants Program.

Search for accredited courses and subjects covering core knowledge areas.

Refer to the most recent Accredited Tertiary Courses list to find courses you may undertake to meet your knowledge gaps. The courses vary considerably in their mode of delivery, award offered and fees payable.

Qualification assessment

Apply for a qualification assessment by completing the Standard Assessment Form, if:

  • Your Australian accounting degree is not listed as a course accredited by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand; or
  • You are unsure whether your degree subject passes cover the core knowledge areas.

Assessment applications must be lodged no later than one month prior to the enrolment opening date of your chosen Program module.

When the assessment is complete, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand will send you a letter of assessment.

If you have not met all core knowledge areas, the assessment letter will indicate which subjects require further study.

You will then need to enrol in either an accredited course of your choice or the CA Foundations pathway and pass the missing subjects, which will meet the academic entry requirements of the Chartered Accountants Program.

Article last updated 28 May 2015