How to become a member of the CGA Association
Initial Application Process
Note: CPAs who are Quebec residents must contact the Ordre des CGA du Québec concerning special requirements and procedures that apply in that province.
A CPA Australia member who wishes to become a member of the CGA Association must:
a. Be the holder of an accounting degree approved by CPA Australia and have successfully completed:
i. the CPA Program; and
ii. the Mentor Program; or
b. Be the holder of a non-accounting degree, and have successfully completed:
i. an appropriate accounting conversion course approved by CPA Australia;
ii. the CPA Program; and
iii. the Mentor Program; or
c. Be a Member of CPA Australia that does not fall under either paragraphs (a) or (b) but who has at least fifteen (15) years’ work experience, at least five (5) years of which has been at a senior level
• Not have joined CPA Australia through an MRA with another accounting body.
• Not be the subject of a current investigation or referral to a hearing into your professional conduct; or have been subject to any disciplinary sanctions within the five (5) years prior to your application.
Complete the Overview of Canadian Tax and Law, a CPD course available online through PD Net. Transfer credit may be granted to applicants who have completed an equivalent course from a Canadian post-secondary institution approved by CGA. For information about a transfer credit, contact the appropriate CGA Association office.
Meet any other admission requirements as imposed by the Association or under law.
Step 1: Log in to or create an account in CGA Ontario's online services. Click the MRA Application link and follow the online instructions.
Step 2: Contact CPA Australia and request a Letter of Good Standing.
Step 3: If you are applying for membership under the 15 years of experience provision, and have not been awarded the FCPA designation, provide a copy of your CV clearly showing your work experience.
Step 4: Submit the Initial Application Form, Letter of Good Standing and your CV (if required) directly to the appropriate Association office.
CPA Australia members who live in Canada or Hong Kong must apply through their respective Association.
CPA Australia members who live outside of Canada (except Hong Kong) must apply through CGA-Canada, International in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Step 5: Complete the Overview of Canadian Tax and Law, a CPD course available online through PD Net, and submit the certificate of completion. If a transfer credit is granted by the Association, you do not need to complete this course.
Step 6: Complete the Professional Applications Reciprocity Evaluation (PARE), a CPD course available online through PD Net beginning in June 2008, and submit your letter of completion. If a transfer credit is granted by the Association, you do not need to complete this course.
Step 7: Once the above information has been submitted and approved by the Association, you will be invited to complete and submit an Application for Membership. Your application must include payment of the Application for Membership fee and annual dues. When your application is approved, you will be notified of your admission to membership and will have the right to use the CGA designation.
A dynamic federation
The CGA associations are a dynamic federation of national, provincial and territorial organizations. CGA-Canada represents the interests of members nationally and internationally and, in agreement with the provincial and territorial associations, sets national standards for education and professional conduct. The provincial/territorial associations represent members provincially, grant the designation, and administer the national member standards and student education program in their respective jurisdictions. CGA-Canada grants the designation and administers member standards and student education outside of Canada.
Members admitted under the terms of this mutual recognition agreement (MRA) are required to maintain their originating designation. This includes payment of annual dues and annual reporting of CPD. If, for any reason, a member ceases to hold his or her originating designation, the member shall automatically cease to be a member of the other body under this MRA.
Public Practice requirements
Admission as a member under this MRA does not automatically provide a member with the right to work in public practice. Members will be required to meet the Association’s entry to public practice requirements in their respective jurisdiction.