Eligibility & Pathways

You must be a current member of the IPA at the Associate (AIPA) level or higher. Student members are not eligible to enrol in the IPA Program.  Holders of overseas degrees or other awards will need to meet UNE's English language requirements.

You can enter the IPA Program if you hold one of the following qualifications -

University Degree in Accounting

If you have an existing accounting university degree, you need to study four units of the IPA Program, which will award you the Graduate Certificate in Public Accounting, and complete the IPA Mentored Experience Program to progress to Member (MIPA) level.

If you wish to continue your IPA Program studies, you must complete a further four units to gain the Graduate Diploma award, or complete a further eight units to gain the full Master of Commerce (Public Accounting) postgraduate degree.

Advanced Diploma in Accounting

If you have an Advanced Diploma in Accounting, and want to study the IPA Program, you need to complete eight units of the IPA Program, which will award you the Graduate Diploma in Public Accounting.  Completing the IPA Mentored Experience Program in conjuction with your studies will allow you to advance to Member (MIPA) level.

If you wish to continue your IPA Program studies, you must complete a further four units to gain the full Master of Commerce (Public Accounting) postgraduate degree.

Please note: It is a UNE requirement that Advanced Diploma holders have a minimum of two years relevant work experience in the accounting profession, prior to commencing the IPA Program.

Diploma of Accounting

If you hold a Diploma in Accounting, and want to study the IPA Program, you need to complete eight units of the IPA Program, which will award you the Graduate Diploma in Public Accounting.  Completing the IPA Mentored Experience Program in conjuction with your studies will allow you to advance to Member (MIPA) level.

If you wish to continue your IPA Program studies, you must complete a further four units to gain the full Master of Commerce (Public Accounting) postgraduate degree.

Please note: It is a UNE requirement that Diploma holders have a minimum of five years relevant work experience in the accounting profession, including three years in a management position, prior to commencing the IPA Program.  This period of five years can be accumulated over an extended period of time.