Membership Pathways

The IPA is dedicated to supporting you throughout your career. Whatever stage you're at, we have a membership group that will provide you with the support and assistance you need.

Associate - Institute of Public Accountants (AIPA)

AIPA is the IPA's entry level of membership. You can join the IPA if you hold one of the following qualifications -

Diploma of Accounting (FNS50210 or FNS50215)

Advanced Diploma of Accounting

University Degree in Accounting

No work experience is necessary to enter the IPA if you hold an Accounting qualification - it's perfect for someone who is starting their accounting career.

Member - Institute of Public Accountants (MIPA)

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.

Fellow - Institute of Public Accountants (FIPA)

FIPA is for experienced accountants. In order to become a Fellow, you need to be a current IPA member with at least seven years tenure as a MIPA, and have completed the IPA Program. In addition to this, you'll 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, and we offer a specifically tailored practice certificate - Public BAS Practitioner.

To qualify as a Public BAS Practitioner, you need to have a BAS Agent registration with the Tax Practitioner Board (if you are only providing BAS services). In addition, you must have Professional Indemnity Insurance, and completed our Public BAS Practitioner Program.

My Public Accountant (Public Practice Certificate)

If you are an accountant offering accounting services to the public, you require a Public Practice Certificate - the IPA's My Public Accountant (MPA) designation.

To qualify as an MPA, you need to hold IPA membership at an AIPA/MIPA/FIPA level or commenced/have completed the Mentored Experience Program. In addition, you must have Professional Indemnity Insurance, and completed the My Public Accountant Program (MPA Program).

How to apply

Joining is easy! Click here to find out what steps you need to take to become an IPA member.

The fees for each membership level can be viewed here.

To advance to the next stage of IPA membership, please complete this form.

To apply for a leave of membership absence, please complete this form.
If you have any questions on the above membership levels, please call your divisional office on 1800 625 625.