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 Institute's entry level of membership. The entry requirements are Advanced Diploma of Accounting* OR a University Degree or major in Accounting. No work experience is necessary to enter at this level - 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.
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)
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, therefore you would have completed the IPA Program. 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 a BAS Agent registration (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 IPAs My Public Accountant (MPA) designation.
To qualify as a MPA, you need to hold IPA membership at a MIPA / FIPA level or AIPA with a Tax Agent Registraion as well as having 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 click here.
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.