How to become a Chartered Accountant

Chartered Accountants (CAs) are highly qualified professionals who have completed the required degree level study supplemented with workplace experience and a professional competence programme.

There are three main steps to becoming a CA:

  1. Complete a recognised academic programme
  2. Complete a practical experience programme
  3. Complete the Chartered Accountants Program or Foundations PAS/PCE.


The Chartered Accountants Program

For those aiming to achieve the Chartered Accountant designation there is a new way to qualify. The Chartered Accountants Program, launched in 2013, incorporates modern technologies and teaching methods blending online and face-to-face learning to meet the changing needs of employers and the new ways candidates learn.
Comprising of four technical modules and the Capstone module, candidates complete the Program while fulfilling their three years of practical experience.
Qualifying for the Program requires the completion of a three-year bachelor’s degree covering the required accounting and business topics at an NZICA Accredited Tertiary Institution (ATI).

Find out more information about our Chartered Accountants Program.

Foundations PAS/PCE

Find out more about the process of becoming a CA when undertaking Foundations PAS/PCE. The PAS/PCE programme will not be offered after 2015.

There will be a transition period in place as we move towards the Chartered Accountants Program; more detailed information is available at nzica.com/caprogram-faqs.

Your pathway to becoming a Chartered Accountant