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Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

The following steps demonstrate the pathway for full Associate or Fellow Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) members to gain Associate membership with CPA Australia under the conditions of the current membership pathway agreement. 


Step 1: Determine eligibility

You may be eligible to apply for membership with CPA Australia if you:

• are a member of good standing with CIMA and not under any investigations for professional conduct infringements

• did not gain entry to membership with CIMA through another mutual recognition agreement or special member pathway

• have successfully completed:
- the CIMA professional qualification
- the CIMA practical experience requirements

step 2: Complete application

Complete the online application and submit with the required documentation, including your application and membership fee. Ensure you nominate Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) as the professional body with whom you hold membership.


Your application and information supplied will take approximately 10 to 15 working days to verify. Upon completion, an email will be sent to you informing you of your application outcome.

Step 4: Advance to CPA Status

Once you become an Associate member of CPA Australia you must complete the following course:

• Better Practice in Governance and Accountability

Upon successful completion of this course, you will automatically advance to CPA status in the case of an Associate CIMA or FCPA in the case of a CIMA Fellow. You will receive a CPA / FCPA certificate and will then be eligible to use the respective designation.

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