The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) has introduced a professional qualification called the Associate CPA in 2007.
The Associate CPA is intended to be a qualification in its own right. Associate CPA holders will be well equipped to build a career in accounting, finance and management in the business, public sector and commerce and industry. It also serves as the gateway to attaining the CPA qualification at a later stage of their careers.
The requirements for admission to membership of the Institute as an Associate CPA are as follows:
- Possess an accredited Bachelor of Accounting degree or pass the MICPA Professional Stage Examination
- Complete the Associate CPA Professional Competence Programme
- Obtain not less than 3 years of relevant practical experience
Rights and Privileges of Associate CPA Members
Associate CPA have the same rights of membership as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with the exception of the right to seek election to the MICPA Council, to attend general meetings of the Institute and to carry out any duty reserved to CPA members. Associate CPA members are entitled to access the full range of services provided by the Institute to members.
Associate CPA Professional Competence Programme
The Associate CPA Professional Competence Programme comprises 60 hours of participatory workshops and covers the following subject components:
- Advanced taxation
- Professional values, ethics and governance
- Financial reporting
- Business finance and management
Candidates will be assessed on the following bases in the workshop sessions:
- Written Assignments
- Quizzes / tests
- Group project and presentation
- Participation in discussions
- Final assessment through a case study
Application for Admission to Membership as Associate CPA
Candidates who have successfully completed the Associate CPA Professional Competence Programme are required to apply for admission to membership as an Associate CPA within 12 months from whichever is the later of:
- the date on which the candidate is notified that he has successfully completed the Associate CPA Professional Competence Programme; and
- the date of completion of the requisite period of relevant practical experience.
Applications for admission to membership as an Associate CPA must be made using the prescribed form and accompanied by the appropriate fee.
Admission Requirements for Teachers / Lecturers of Accounting
Teachers / lecturers of Accounting may apply for admission as an Associate CPA member subject to satisfying the following provisions:
- The candidate holds a Doctorate or Master degree, with a major in Accounting or allied subject, acceptable to the Council, from a tertiary institution approved by the Council.
- The candidate holds a position as a full-time teacher in a faculty offering a course approved by the Institute for graduates seeking admission to the MICPA programmes provided:
- the position is that of lecturer, or a position of higher standing; and
- the position has been held at one or more approved tertiary institutions for not less than 5 years.
- The candidate is a fit and proper person in that the person is of good personal reputation and in good professional standing.
- The candidate shall provide references from:
- Two members of MICPA, who are not related to the candidate and who have known the candidate for at least 2 years and who shall testify as to the candidate’s character and integrity; and
- Two academics, one of whom must be Head of the School or Dean of the Faculty in which the candidate is engaged and the second of at least equal status to the candidate but from another institution, who shall testify as to the candidate’s professional ability.
Advancement to the CPA Qualification
Associate CPA who have attained their membership through completion of the Associate CPA Professional Competence Programme who wish to advance to the status of a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) are required to:
- Pass the Advanced Stage Examination consisting of the following modules within 6 years from the date of the first attempt:
- Taxation (TAX)
- Financial Accounting & Reporting (FIN)
- Audit & Assurance (AAA)
- Management Accounting & Applied Finance (MAAF)
- Satisfy the practical experience requirements.
Candidates who have passed TAX module and FIN module before transferring to the Associate CPA programme may be granted exemption from these two modules provided the last module passed was within 4 years of the date of the first attempt for the remaining modules of the Advanced Stage Examination. They will be given 4 years from the date of the first attempt to pass the remaining modules.
Direct Membership Route To The Chartered Institute Of Public Finance And Accountancy
As an Associate CPA who has been admitted via the Academician route (lecturer of Accounting with a Doctorate or Master’s degree), you will be eligible to apply for full membership to The Chartered Institute Of Public Finance And Accountancy (CIPFA) – the globally recognised membership body for the public sector. Full CIPFA members are entitled to use CPFA and the title ‘Chartered Public Finance Accountant’. This will not only enhance your current professional status but also provide you with access to additional services and support specifically for your work in the public services sector. As a CPFA you will be able to join a global network of key decision-makers and senior finance professionals whilst advancing the public financial management industry on a global basis.
Application for direct membership to CIPFA
To apply for CIPFA membership, please complete the following:
Step 1 – Fill in the online application form Direct Membership Form 2015
Step 2 – Attach your up-to-date CV
CIPFA will assess your application and confirm your membership status once you have submitted all the relevant information and documents. For any further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Associate CPA are still required to maintain their home membership with MICPA.