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Certified Public Accountants Association – CPAA

CPA ROUTES TO MEMBERSHIP

There are a huge number of benefits to joining the Certified Public Accountants Association, and there are a number of ways of becoming a member. Associate (ACPA) membership is a full corporate grade of membership and is available through one of the routes detailed below:

Please note that all CPAA routes to membership are subject to the applicant meeting the fit and proper test. All applicants must also be registered with all relevant regulatory authorities before they can be admitted as a member. All admitted applicants are required to abide by CPAA’s Rules and By-Laws. Regardless of the basis for membership all applicants will have to submit copies of all relevant qualifications they hold and details of all relevant experience, evidence of holding a practising certificate with another professional body is not sufficient evidence, by its self, to support an application.

APPROVED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

The Association allows those who have gained certain qualifications plus at least two years’ verifiable experience within an accountancy role to join the Association.

Typically, CPAA require all approved qualifications to be at least Level 5 qualifications. All approved qualifications must sufficiently cover relevant accountancy topics to be accepted as approved qualifications.

If you hold a qualification and would like us to consider it as an approved qualification for the purposes of your application, please contact us.

All UK undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in accountancy are considered approved qualifications.

Common qualifications that CPAA accepts as approved qualification include the ACCA qualification, the ACA qualification, and AAT Level 4 qualification.

If you do not hold any accountancy qualifications but are looking to enter public practice as a CPAA member, you could look to undertake a CPAA qualification. The Association’s qualifications are a flexible and affordable route to gaining an accountancy qualification, specifically focused upon the needs of small UK accountancy practitioners.

QBE

The Association recognises that there are many accountants who have been unable to achieve an academic or vocational qualification for a variety of reasons. These accountants are often termed Qualified By Experience (QBE) accountants.

QBE accountants can join the Association providing they hold five years or more verifiable experience within accountancy.

Accountants looking to join the CPAA as practicing accountants via the QBE route must have five years of UK public practice experience. This experience can be gained through operating your own accountancy practice.

Applicants applying under the QBE route are still required to declare and evidence any relevant qualifications or memberships they hold.

The Association offers membership to those who are members of certain other professional bodies and organisations. These bodies have been selected as they have appropriate entry criteria, which are comparable to or exceed the standards of the Association.

CPAA is willing to review other organisations. If you hold a membership with another organisation not listed here and wish to gain membership of the CPAA please contact us as we will be able to review this organisation and you may be eligible for membership.

Member Of An Approved Organisation

The Association offers membership to those who are members of certain other professional bodies and organisations. Theses bodies have been selected as they have appropriate entry criteria, which are comparable to or exceed the standards of the Association.

CPAA is willing to review other organisations. If you hold membership with another organisation not listed here and wish to gain membership of the CPAA please contact us as we will be able to review this organisation and you may be eligible for membership.

If you are a member of an IFAC member body, regardless of whether it is listed below, you will be eligible for membership of the CPAA.

Please note if you wish to apply for practising membership you must have two years of verifiable experience in UK public practice.

As part of your application you will have to demonstrate your membership of an approved organisation, as well as provide evidence of all other relevant qualifications you hold and experience you have gained.

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