Accountant Migration Skills Assessment

What is a migration skills assessment and why do I need one?

For certain skilled migration visas you will need to provide evidence that your skills have been assessed as suitable for your nominated occupation by the relevant assessing authority.

CPA Australia can assess your overseas or Australian education, English proficiency and, in some cases, your work history, to determine if you meet a set of predetermined criteria required for your chosen occupation.

As well as a full skills assessment that can be used in your application for an Employer sponsored visa or Points tested (SkillSelect) visa, CPA Australia also issues a provisional skills assessment for recent graduates of Australian education institutions who are applying for the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485). We also provide skilled employment assessments.

What is a provisional assessment?

The temporary graduate visa (subclass 485) skills assessment, also known as a “provisional assessment”, is for recent graduates of Australian educational institutions that are applying for a subclass 485 visa.

The requirements for the provisional assessment are similar to those of the general migration assessment. However, there are some differences, which include scores that are accepted for meeting the English proficiency requirement.

ANZSCO Codes

CPA Australia can assess your qualifications and skills for the following occupations:

  • accountant (general) (ANZSCO code 221111)
  • corporate treasurer (ANZSCO code 221212)
  • external auditor (ANZSCO code 221213)
  • finance manager (ANZSCO code 132211)
  • management accountant (ANZSCO code 221112)
  • taxation accountant (ANZSCO code 221113)

Please note that you can only have one valid positive skills assessment outcome with CPA Australia. If you decide to change your ANZSCO code by applying for a review, your previous skills assessment outcome will no longer be valid.

Lodging an Expression of Interest?

If you are planning to lodge your expression of interest (EOI) with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), make sure you wait until you have received your migration assessment outcome from CPA Australia first.

 

Criteria and requirements

Skills assessment criteria

To receive a positive result for your chosen Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) code, you will need:

  • a qualification that is assessed by CPA Australia as equivalent to at least an Australian Bachelor degree
  • to have successfully studied all mandatory competency areas that are relevant to your chosen ANZSCO code
  • to have met the English proficiency requirement

Provisional assessment criteria for temporary visa (subclass 485)

To receive a positive provisional assessment result for your chosen ANZSCO code, you will need:

  • an Australian Bachelor or 12 Unit Master degree majoring in accounting
  • to have successfully studied all mandatory competency areas that are relevant to your chosen ANZSCO code
  • to have met the English proficiency requirement

Degree requirement

To meet the degree requirement for the general skills assessment, you will need a qualification that is assessed by CPA Australia as equivalent to at least an Australian Bachelor degree. CPA Australia uses the guidelines issued by the Australian Government’s Department of Education (formerly AEI-NOOSR) when assessing the comparability of overseas qualifications.

To meet the degree requirement for the provisional assessment, you will need an Australian Bachelor degree or 12 unit Master degree in accounting, business, commerce or economics.

Competency areas

Each ANZSCO code has seven or eight mandatory competency areas. To meet the competency area requirements of the general and provisional skills assessments, your qualifications will need to cover all mandatory areas for your chosen ANZSCO code. Study that is assessed by CPA Australia as equivalent to at least an Australian Bachelor degree will be considered in the assessment of your competency area coverage.

The following is a list of the competency areas needed for each ANZSCO code.

Accountant (general) 221111, Corporate Treasurer ANZSCO code 221212, Finance Manager ANZSCO code 132211, and Management accountant 221112

Mandatory

Optional

  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Management Accounting
  • Finance and Financial Management
  • Business Law
  • Economics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Taxation Law

Taxation accountant 221113

Mandatory

Optional

  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Management Accounting
  • Finance and Financial Management
  • Business Law
  • Economics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Australian Taxation Law
  • Audit and assurance

External auditor 221213

Mandatory

Optional

  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Management Accounting
  • Finance and Financial Management
  • Business Law
  • Economics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Taxation Law

 

English language requirements

General skills assessment

CPA Australia recognises the following programs or tests as meeting the English proficiency requirements of the general skills assessment:

Minimum scores for each of the components will need to be achieved in the IELTS Academic, PTE Academic and TOEFL iBT tests:

Listening Reading Writing Speaking
CAE* 185 185 185  185
IELTS Academic  7.0  7.0  7.0 7.0
TOEFL iBT  24  24  27 23
PTE Academic**  65  65  65  65

*CPA Australia recognises CAE tests completed on or after 1 January 2015 only.

**If you have completed the PTE Academic, remember to share your results with CPA Australia, Southbank, through your online PTE Academic account to complete your assessment.

Provisional assessment

CPA Australia recognises the following tests as meeting the English proficiency requirements of the temporary visa (subclass 485) skills assessment:

  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)*
  • IELTS General or Academic
  • PTE Academic
  • TOEFL iBT

Minimum scores for each of the components will need to be achieved:

Listening Reading Writing Speaking
 CAE*  169 169 169 169
IELTS  6.0  6.0  6.0  6.0
TOEFL iBT  12 13 21 18
PTE Academic  50 50 50 50

*CPA Australia recognises CAE tests completed on or after 1 January 2015 only.

The English proficiency requirement for the skills assessment is not related to Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) English language threshold. Exemptions on the basis of holding a passport from or citizenship of certain countries are not available for the skills assessment.

Why is CPA Australia’s English proficiency requirements different to DIBP’s?

To ensure all applicants are assessed equally and according to criteria that will ultimately help to generate employment outcomes in accounting related occupations, the migration assessment’s English proficiency requirement may sometimes differ from other English proficiency requirements you encounter throughout your visa application process. In order to achieve a positive migration assessment from CPA Australia, you will need to ensure that you meet the English proficiency requirements set out above.

More information on each of the recognised English tests

How do I apply?

Skills Assessment (provisional and full)

We encourage you to use our online application form to apply for the assessment. Your reference number and acknowledgement letter will be automatically emailed to you once you complete this application form. You will need to scan and email, or post your documents to us. Details will be provided in the acknowledgement email. If you are already a member of CPA Australia, ensure you are logged into the website prior to completing this form.

Alternatively, you can contact us to obtain a PDF application form, which will need to be posted to us with your documents. PDF application forms are not accepted by email. A reference number will be emailed to you within approximately two business days of receiving your application.

Updating your skills assessment

If you have obtained a provisional skills assessment from CPA Australia and are now ready to update your outcome to obtain a full skills assessment for general skilled migration, you can download and complete the Supplementary services application form (PDF). This form will need to be posted to us as PDF application forms are not accepted by email.

You can also use this form to request an update if your initial assessment outcome was unsuccessful and you have completed additional studies or English tests that you would now like considered.

You will need to apply for a new assessment application if your initial skills assessment is no longer valid.

Appealing or reviewing your skills assessment

If you have obtained a skills assessment from CPA Australia, but you would like to request an appeal or formal review of the assessment outcome, you can download and complete the Supplementary services application form (PDF). This form will need to be posted to us as PDF application forms are not accepted by email. CPA Australia will consider requests to review an outcome up to two times after the initial outcome is issued.

 

Australia

The following fees are applicable to Australia. All prices listed below are inclusive of 10 per cent Australian GST where applicable.

Membership

The fees below apply to new and existing Members and are subject to change.

New members  Fee (AUD)
Application fee (2016) $160
Application fee (2017) $180
First year membership: Associate (full year) $325
First year membership: CPA or FCPA (full year) $720
First year membership: Associate (half year) $162.50
First year membership: CPA or FCPA (half year) $360
Membership renewal Fee 2017 (AUD)
Associate (less than six years) $325
Associate (more than six years) $720
CPA or FCPA $720
Retired $144
Reduced (on application only) $360
Late fee: Applied to payments received after 11 January (not applicable on retired or reduced membership) $50

Public Practice Certificate

Location Full year Half year
Australian mainland states or territories $625 (includes $55 limited liability scheme) $340 (includes $55 limited liability scheme)
Tasmania $570 $285

Limited Practice Certificate

Location Full year Half year
Australian mainland states or territories $200 (includes $55 limited liability scheme) $128 (includes $55 limited liability scheme)
Tasmania $145 $73

Note: There is no Limited Liability Scheme fee for Tasmania.

Specialisations

Specialisation Fee (AUD)

Financial Planning Specialisation $180
SMSF Specialisation $180

Publications

Publication Fee (AUD) 
Australian Accounting Review (print and online) $130
Australian Accounting Review (online only) $100

CPA Program

Fee 2017 (AUD)
Subject enrolment (early bird) $1070
Subject enrolment $1220
Standard exam deferral $330
*Late exam deferral $450
Study guide re-order $100
**CPA Program – Full Time (tuition) per subject $1650

*Late deferral fees are applicable within three weeks prior to the exam period.

**CPA Program subject enrolment must be purchased when enrolling into CPA Program – Full Time.

Study materials can be accessed via My Online Learning.

Note: Singapore Taxation does not have a digital study guide.

Foundation exams

2016 exams

Fee 2016 (AUD)
Exam enrolment $560
Extension fee (per month to a maximum of six months) $75
Change exam appointment between 24 to 72 hours before scheduled exam appointment $40
No refund for enrolment cancellation

Note: All fees are paid to CPA Australia, except for a change to exam appointment 24 to 72 hours before scheduled exam appointment, in which case a fee is payable directly to Pearson VUE.

Practice management

Fees 2017 (AUD)
Distance learning enrolment (early bird) $1330
Distance learning enrolment $1480
Standard exam deferral $330
*Late exam deferral $450
Study guide re-order $100

*Late deferral fees are applicable within three weeks prior to the exam period.

Study Materials can be accessed via My Online Learning.

Migration assessment

The fees below are for onshore assessments (in Australia)

Fee (AUD)
Skilled migration assessment $520
Skilled migration replacement letter $80
Skilled migration review or appeal assessment $160
Skilled migration assessment withdrawal $80
Skilled migration assessment update $160
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