Recognised Accounting Degrees for Practicing as a CPA in Singapore

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The Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) lists the recognised professional qualifications for registration as a public accountant.

To be practicing Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Singapore, an applicant must at the time of his application for registration

(a) have passed the final examination in accountancy of one of the following:

(i) the Singapore Polytechnic for the professional diploma and for the degree course in accountancy for the years 1961 to 1969;
(ii) the University of Singapore for the degree of Bachelor of Accountancy;
(iii) the Nanyang University of Singapore for the degree of Bachelor of Commerce (Accountancy) or Bachelor of Accountancy;
(iv) the National University of Singapore for the degree of Bachelor of Accountancy;
(v) the Nanyang Technological Institute for the degree of Bachelor of Accountancy;
(vi) the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore (formerly known as the Singapore Society of Accountants) Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of the United Kingdom Joint Scheme;
(vii) the Nanyang Technological University for the degree of Bachelor of Accountancy or Master of Business Administration (Accountancy);
(viii) the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore Professional Examination; or
(ix) the Singapore Management University for the degree of Bachelor of Accountancy or Master of Professional Accounting; or

(b) have passed the final examination in accountancy of one of the following or its recognised equivalent:
(i) the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS);
(ii) the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW);
(iii) the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI);
(iv) the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) (formerly known as the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants);
(v) the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA);
(vi) CPA Australia (formerly known as the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants);
(vii) New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) (formerly known as the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand);
(viii) the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA);
(ix) the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA); or
(x) the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of the United Kingdom (CIMA), except that CIMA members shall have passed the following subjects:

(A) Financial Reporting Environment;

(B) Accounting and Audit Practice;

(C) Advanced Taxation; and

(D) Company Law and Corporate Governance,

and shall have also passed such other examination and have fulfilled such other requirements as may be determined by the Oversight Committee.

  • Priya D’Souza

    Firstly let me thank you for putting up this information. I require your help, I am currently pursuing my CPA from US (AICPA) and im planning to arrive in Singapore in Dec as my husband works there. I was hoping to complete my experience requirements in Singapore. Would this be possible? Im interested in getting into the advisory side. My New Hampshire board of accountancy requires me to get my work papers signed by a CPA/CA or equivalent thereof from US, Canada, Australia or Mexico. How likely am I going to be able to achieve this? I’d also like to mention that I’m an Indian citizen currently and without getting into the political side of the issue (because frankly it is not my place to have an opinion on it), what are my chances of securing a job in Singapore to meet my experience requirements? Any advise on how to go about it would be highly appreciated. If this is not the place for this discussion please let me know how I may get in touch with someone who might be able to help me. Thanks in advance