Becoming a Chartered Accountant

Are you thinking about a career in business? Did you know a career as a Chartered Accountant can be rewarding and exciting?

It’s a globally respected designation that can give you diverse career opportunities across Australia and overseas. Whichever sector you choose your exceptional business thinking will put you in high demand. And, it’s never too early or too late to start considering your next steps to become a Chartered Accountant.

High school

If you’re at high school the ideal subjects to study include accounting, business, economics, English and maths. These subjects will be relevant to your university studies, future career in business and give you a solid base towards becoming a Chartered Accountant.

Tertiary studies

When enrolling in university, it’s ideal to complete an accredited Australian Accounting Bachelor or Masters degree such as a degree in commerce, business or finance with a major in accounting. Undertaking the accredited Accounting Australian degree pathway is your most direct route into the Chartered Accountants Program. But there are three other flexible pathways you can take if you have:

1. a recognised non-accounting undergraduate degree
2. completed an associate degree of accounting at TAFE or college
3. an overseas qualification.

Once you graduate, you’ll want to enhance your career prospects by becoming a member of a recognised industry body, such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia. To start the Program you need to meet the academic and practical experience requirements.


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Article last updated 29 June 2015