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What is CPA Australia?

CPA Australia is one of the world’s leading professional accountancy organisations, with more than 144,000 members in 127 countries. A large number of CPA Australia members hold senior leadership roles, and a large proportion of these operate at CEO or CFO level or as business owners.

The CPA (Certified Practising Accountant) designation is recognised throughout the world, and denotes a combination of strategic business skill and leadership as well as technical rigour. It shows that the holder has a sound knowledge of accounting and finance in terms of depth, breadth and quality.

The CPA Program® is a rigorous, educational and experience-based programme, comprising a mix of educational segments and integrated workplace learning. For more information on the CPA Program® and gaining the CPA designation, visit the CPA Australia website

Why Should I Study the CPA Program?

CPA Australia is recognised for membership of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA). So it allows members to:

  1. Practise as a professional accountant in business
  2. Practise as an approved auditor.
  3. Act as a company secretary.
  4. Apply for a tax agent license.

In terms of members, CPA Australia is the third largest accounting body recognised by the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, with close to 9,000 members in the country. The programme has the highest pass rate and completion rate among competing professional accounting programmes in Malaysia.

Why Should I Study for the CPA Program at Noesis?

Noesis Exed is the first Registered Tuition Provider in the Klang Valley for the CPA Program®, and has offered tuition to CPA Program® professional level candidates since 2013.The tuition provided to candidates by Noesis complements the CPA Program® distance education program. We use extensively materials produced by CPA Australia, including presentation slides, student support notes, study texts and BPP Revision Kits.

Each segment consists of 32 hours of study, and include a mock exam. Since 2013, Noesis pass rates have consistently surpassed global pass rates for all modules taken by our students.

Dr. Yee Wee Chun

Dr. Yee Wee Chun

Programme Director
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Intakes Each Year

January and July

Duration Per Intake

4 months

Mode of Study

Part-time weekend classes


The course consists of 6 modules (4 compulsory plus 2 electives to be selected from 4 on offer), which together equip students with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in senior accounting positions.

Compulsory Subjects

1.1 Ethics and Governance

Most students complete this segment first. This segment raises your awareness of various ethical, moral and practical considerations you may face as an accountant, and equips you with a value framework that will help you to act in the public interest. This commitment to integrity is one of things that sets the CPA apart from other accountancy qualifications.

1.2 Financial Reporting

Financial reporting is of course primarily important to determine an organisation’s financial performance and position. But as a CPA member, you will come to see it also as a means of communicating with investors, customers, suppliers and regulators. Taking financial reporting beyond compliance will help push your career further.

1.3 Strategic Accounting Management

This segment teaches effective planning, measuring, analysis and communication in a global business environment. It shows you how to contribute to strategy development and implementation to secure a stronger competitive position for your organisation. In short, it provides you with the skills you need to get ahead.

1.4 Global Strategy and Leadership

This segment consolidates the knowledge you will have gained in the other three compulsory segments. In an increasingly complex business environment, characterised by change, uncertainty and escalating competition, the discplines of strategy and leadership are now more relevant than ever.

Elective Subjects

2.1 Malaysian Taxation

This segment, specially developed for the Malaysian context, adds value by not only ensuring that you are skilled on compliance with taxation laws but also by identifying the taxation implications for business. The segment focuses particularly on the application of legislation and principles to analyse and assess the impact of business decisions.

2.2 Advanced Audit and Assurance

The audit and assurance process is more than just compliance. This segment takes you through the process of both auditor and client, giving you an awareness of internal and external assurance services that can determine the future of a business.

2.3 Financial Risk Management

The global financial crisis has highlighted the key role that ethical, independent accountants have to play in managing risk and risk-laden assets. This segment equips you to recognize the financial risks faced by both small and large corporations in utilising, and in complying with international reporting requirements relating to, derivatives and hedging. It also equips you to put measures in place to manage risk.

2.4 Contemporary Business Issues

Accounting as a discipline continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of society. For example, the accounting profession has been at the forefront in establishing emissions trading schemes and carbon credits, a notion unheard of a decade ago. This segment examines new issues, providing an opportunity for consideration and discussion of the role of the CPA in contemporary business.

CPA AUST LECTURERSNOESIS prides itself on the quality of its lecturers across all programmes. The profile of some of our CPA AUST lecturers is below.

Dr. Chong Aik Lee(Part-Time)
CPA Australia, PhD. (Accounting, UUM), Master
(Accounting, Macquarie), Bach (Accounting, Daekin)

Dr. Chong started his career as an auditor with Deloitte Kassim Chan and later started his own audit firm. Dr. Chong has many years of lecturing experience at UTAR and UCSI. He has also authored a textbook titled “Auditing Principles and Assurance Services.” He was a former Council Member and former Chairman of the Technical Committee CPA Australia, Malaysia Division.


Dr. Yee Wee Chun(Full-Time)
DBA (Northumbria), MBA (Duke), BA (Econs, Virginia)

Wee Chun started his career as a Financial Analyst at General Electric under the prestigious Financial Management Program in the US. After his MBA , he joined the Boston Consulting Group in Kuala Lumpur, with assignments in major corporations in Malaysia and Indonesia. Wee Chun was Chief Executive and Executive Director of MIM-INTI Management Institute and INTI Management Services for 7 years before founding Noesis in 2009. His doctoral research is in strategic management. He was also awarded the Dean’s Recognition award at Duke University and graduated with High Distinction at the University of Virginia.


Christine Yap Yee Ming
MBA (Econ and Fin, NUS), FCCA, MIA, ICPAS

Christine is currently serving as a Senior Accounting Lecturer in one of the private universities in Malaysia. She has 10 years of teaching experience at bachelor degree level and in professional studies such as ACCA, CFA and CIMA. Christine’s main areas of expertise are Financial Accounting and Reporting. She has 12 years of industrial work experience, including spells as finance manager and accounting manager in foreign MNCs. During her career she has worked for companies such as Stryker, New Zealand Milk and ERA Reality Network in Singapore. Christine is currently pursuing a PhD at the University Putra Malaysia (UPM) focusing on management accounting practices and the role of accountants.


Liew Sin Choon(Full-Time)
MBA (Herriott-Watt), ACMAMr. Liew has 37 years of working experience in diversified fields and industries. He started his career at Price WaterHouse and later worked in Hong Kong for over 10 years, first as the MD of a Japanese health food company and then as an entrepreneur himself in the health food business, gaining valuable exposure in international business. He is a CIMA holder and is currently pursuing a PhD in Business Administration. For the last 4 years, he has been the Finance Director and CIMA Programme Director at Noesis.


Lee Soon Leong(Part-Time)
CPA (M), CA (M), BSc (UM)Mr. Lee graduated with a BSc from Universiti Malaya and is a member of the MICPA and MIA. He has taught tax and financial accounting professional papers since 1982. He has had practical experience as a Tax Manager at Arthur Anderson and PWC, as well as holding financial controller and finance director positions at various other companies over the past 25 years. He was also a partner at a financial and tax consultancy and CEO at Wuerth (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.


Fabian Moa(Full-time Lecturer)
MBA, B. Sc. Maths., Grad. Dip. in Statistics
Mr. Fabian Moa is currently the Centre Director of Noesis Academy, Singapore. In his role, he lectures in the CFA Program for Level I to III and in the CPA Australia Program (Financial Risk Management module) in Malaysia and Singapore. He started his career in 2007 as a lecturer in INTI College Sarawak. He then joined Hong Leong Bank in 2011 as an executive in Asset Liability Management Analytics. In 2013, he joined AmBank as a Senior Executive, Liquidity Risk in the Group Market Risk Department. Mr. Moa received his Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from Beijing Concorde University in 2007. He then completed his MBA from Kursk State Technical University in 2008. In 2010, he completed his Graduate Diploma in Statistics conferred by the Royal Statistical Society, United Kingdom. Mr. Moa is a CFA Charterholder, certified FRM and PRM holder.


In order to qualify for the CPA Australia programme, students require:

You can become a CPA regardless of your degree or current path. Of course, it’s helpful if you’ve studied an accounting degree or diploma at university. Similarly, if you’re at school, electing subjects like mathematics and economics will give you a great head start in your accounting education. However, in either case, a qualification in accountancy is not mandatory.

Whatever level you’re at in your accountancy education or career, to become a CPA you’ll need to finish the CPA Program, including three years of practical experience. It’s specifically designed for students and young professionals who are embarking on a career in accounting – regardless of whether you are already an accounting student.

You’ll need to have an individual assessment prior to commencing the CPA Program.

For more details kindly visit the CPA Australia website.