CPA - New Curriculum

To become a Student

To become a student-member of the association, you will have to match the following criteria:

  • 1st Award Foundation in Public Accounting (FPA):
    • Completed 12 grade / A-level education or possess accredited equivalence.
    • Possess 01 years professional experience, before/during/after qualification
    • Commerce or Non-Commerce background
  • 2nd Award Certificate in Public Accounting (CertPA):
    • Completed 14 years education or accredited equivalence or qualified FPA
    • Possess 02 years professional experience, before/during/after qualification
    • Commerce or Non-Commerce background
  • 3rd Award Diploma in Public Accounting (DPA):
    • Completed 16 years education or accredited equivalence or qualified CertPA
    • Possess 03 years professional experience, before/during/after qualification
    • Accounting or Non-Accounting background
  • 4th Award Advanced Diploma in Public Accounting (ADPA):
    • Completed 16 years education or accredited equivalence or qualified DPA
    • Possess 04 years professional experience, before/during/after qualification
    • Accounting / Commerce background
    • Membership of any other accredited professional body
  • Superior Award Certified Public Accountant (CPA):
    • Completed 16 years education or equivalent or qualified ADPA
    • Have two 05 years professional experience (02 years during / 03 years after qualifying)
    • Hold a professional designation (qualified or part-qualified), e.g., CA, CMA, CPA, CCA, CIA, CGA from a recognized professional body
    • Accounting / Commerce background

To become a CPA

A student who successfully completes the following is awarded the CPA® designation:

  1. Pass the FOLLOWING subjects / credit hours or have claimed credit under Accredited Prior Learning (APL) or Credit Transfer Facility (CTF) …
    1. 1st Award FPA:  6 subjects /36 credits (6 credits from foundation Knowledge Pillar)
    2. 2nd Award CertPA:  6 subjects /36 credits (6 credits from certificate Knowledge Pillar)
    3. 3rd Award DPA: 6 subjects /36 credits (6 credits from diploma Knowledge Pillar)
    4. 4th Award ADPA: 6 subjects /36 credits (6 credits from advanced Knowledge Pillar)
    5. Superior Award CPA: 4 levels / 24 subjects / 150 credits (Must pass competency level)
  2. Satisfy the competency level test’s minimum benchmark
  3. Have completed 150 credits under new / old curriculum and/or under APL or CTF
  4. Satisfy the experience requirement, and
  5. Adhere to the code of ethics and standard professional conduct.

To become a Practicing Professional (Practicing Certificate)      

After receiving the CPA designation, a member can apply for Practicing Certificate upon fulfillment of the following conditions:

  • Complete the self-assessment form and questionnaire “Am I ready”
  • Application on prescribed form to mention the potential working area of professional interest,
  • Maintain the CPA designation in good standings,
  • Satisfy the 03 years CPD (Continuous Professional Development) requirement, and
  • Personal Indemnity Insurance (PII), if any, required under applied working area.

Flexible & Distance Learning

The Association of International CPAs allows maximum flexibility to participants to pace out and manage their studies even with their full-time professional routines.

  • ØDistance learning
  • ØSelf-Study Program
  • ØCoaching classes available
  • ØCustomized Reference Books
  • ØSyllabus Guides to aid self-study
  • ØMentoring, counseling and support material available