Certified Practising Accountant
Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) is the title used by members of the CPA Australia professional accounting body. Accountants practising in Australia have the choice of becoming members of CPA Australia (and hence becoming a Certified Practising Accountant or "CPA"), joining the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia (and becoming a Chartered Accountant or "CA") or the Institute of Public Accountants (and becoming a Public Accountant or "MIPA").
The designation Certified Practising Accountant also exists as an accounting designation in the United Kingdom, unrelated to the Australian CPA designation. Accountants in the United Kingdom may obtain the Certified Practising Accountant designation through becoming a member of the Institute of Certified Practising Accountants (ICPA). The ICPA does not require its members to have achieved or possess any formal post-secondary accountancy education at the pre-qualification stage. It does however require a prospective member to have relevant accountancy experience.