Become a PPC holder

Process for new IPA members

Before applying for a Professional Practice Certificate (PPC), you must first apply to join the IPA as a member.

1. Obtain professional indemnity (PI) Insurance

If you don't have a current PI Insurance for your practice, you must obtain PI insurance, which must meet the IPA's requirements, as part of the PPC assessment.

The IPA's preferred insurer is IPA Insure, through this partnership, we're able to offer you reduced premiums and additional cover, plus a host of other benefits.

You can request a quote for PI insurance and further information by contacting the IPA's in-house representative on
(03) 8665 3139 or enquiries@ipainsure.com.au.

2. Fill in the application form for a PPC and post it to the IPA office in your state.

Please ensure that you also enclose the following with your application form:

  • a formal Certificate of Currency and Schedule for your PI Insurance, meeting the requirements;
  • evidence showing successful completion of Australian taxation law and Australian corporations/company law in the last 10 years;
  • evidence of eligible statutory registration as an individual such such as a tax agent registration or an SMSF Auditor registration under your name, if any; and
  • evidence of contemporary experience in a professional practice or other relevant envirnoment:
    • 12 months if you hold an eligible statutory registration or if you are a MIPA/FIPA; OR
    • 24 months if you are an AIPA member with no eligible statutory registration.

Please note: You must supply your credit card details in the PPC application form for payment of your pro rata PPC fee and a PSC levy.

To view PPC fees, click here.

3. Attend the Professional Practice Program within six months of becoming a PPC holder.

As a PPC holder, you also must:

  • Undergo an IPA review of your practice every five years, as part of the Professional Practice Quality Assurance Review; and
  • Maintain professional indemnity insurance that complies with IPA requirements;
  • Advise the IPA should I become bankrupt, be charged with any criminal offence or be the subject of an adverse finding by any professional or regulatory body; 
  • Advise the IPA should there be any business sale, merger, liquidation or litigation; and 
  • Comply with all requirements and statutory obligations imposed by the Professional Standards Scheme under professional standards legislation.

For further information on the PPC or application process, please contact your local IPA team member on 1800 625 625.