The IPA is dedicated to helping graduates from both University
But not everyone enters the IPA as a student - you can join at
any stage of your career.
Experienced Accountants are very welcome to join the IPA. We can
provide you with new ways to enhance your career prospects and
you'll have the potential to reap greater financial rewards.
Associate Institute of Public Accountants (AIPA) is the
Institute's entry level of membership. The entry requirements are
Advanced Diploma of Accounting* OR a University Degree in
Accounting (or major). No work experience is necessary to enter at
this level - it's perfect for someone who is starting their
Member Institute of Public Accountants (MIPA) is a level higher
than the AIPA designation. On top of your accounting qualification,
you'll also need to complete either Stage 1 or Stage 2 of the IPA
Program, depending on your Accounting qualification. Please refer
to the diagram below to determine which stage of the IPA Program
you would need to complete.
Fellow Institute of Public Accountants (FIPA) is for experienced
accountants. In order to become a FIPA, you need to be a current
IPA member with at least seven years as a MIPA. In addition to
this, you need at least ten years accounting experience, with five
of those years at a senior level.
PUBLIC BAS PRACTITIONER
We recognise that professionalism and legal compliance are now
integral parts of the BAS Agent services industry, therefore we
have developed a specifically tailored practice certificate -
Public BAS Practitioner.
To qualify as a Public BAS Practitioner, you need to have BAS
Agent registration (if you are only providing BAS services). In
addition, you must have Professional Indemnity Insurance and
completed the Public BAS Practitioner Program.
MY PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT
If you are an accountant offering their your accounting services
to the public, you require a Public Practice Certificate, the IPAs
My Public Accountant (MPA) designation.
To qualify as a MPA, you need to hold IPA membership
at a MIPA / FIPA level or you can be an AIPA with with a Tax
Agent Registraion and completion of the Mentored Experience
Program. In addition, you must have Professional Indemnity
Insurance and completed the My Public Accountant Program (MPA
The fees for each membership level can be viewed here.
If you have any questions on the above membership levels, please
call your divisional office on 1800 625 625.
Joining is easy! Click here to find out what steps you need to
take to become an IPA member.