Qualified Accountant

If you already have a professional accountancy qualification, and have a proven track record of experience, you may be eligible for direct membership of the AIA. By choosing to join the thousands of members already part of AIA, the first international body for professional accountants, you are choosing to join an organisation that will offer a flexible and tailored package to suit you, your career, your aspirations, and your future.

There are two routes to direct entry:


This route applies to you if you have the right to practice in the UK under the European Communities (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) Directive.


This route applies to you if you are a current, full member; having successfully completed the exams, of an International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) member body, and which has no disciplinary action pending. Associate IFAC member bodies and Affiliate IFAC member bodies are excluded from this scheme.

Please note that all applications are considered on an individual basis, as some restrictions still apply.

For example, the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is a technician level qualification and is listed at Level 4 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), whereas the AIA Professional Qualification is at QCF Level 7; we will therefore not accept AAT members through this route.

Please note that members of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) Australia are only eligible to be considered for direct entry if they have qualified by exam and three years' work experience only. Members who have qualified through work experience alone, or through a reciprocal agreement with another body, are not eligible for direct entry. Members are required to have gained a Master of Commerce and completed the IPA exams in Australia. Evidence will be required to show that a visa was obtained to study for these qualifications in Australia. Failure to provide this evidence will result in the application being rejected. Any IPA member who has not gained the qualifications in Australia will not be eligible to apply for direct membership.

In all cases please seek further advice from the AIA Development Team to check eligibility and request an application form.

There are two levels of full AIA membership, Associate and Fellow, and direct entry is offered on a like for like basis.

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