Compare Accreditations

Which Accreditation is right for me?

The SMSF Association provides a number of accreditation options for professionals working in the SMSF space. All accreditations offer independent verification of SMSF technical knowledge, to varying levels. By undertaking accreditation you will be able to have your SMSF expertise independently endorsed. The table below allows you to compare accreditations and the programs available and determine which is best suited to you.

You are required to be an SMSF Association member before you undertake any of the accreditations and programs, with the minimum membership eligibility level being Associate Member. There are also a varying range of CPD points that are able to earned whilst undertaking the accreditations and programs, based on which option you choose.

 SMSF PRACTITIONER
(SSP™) ACCREDITATION
SMSF SPECIALIST ADVISOR
(SSA™) ACCREDITATION
SMSF SPECIALIST AUDITOR
(SSAUD®) ACCREDITATION
OverviewIndependent verification of foundation SMSF knowledge and practical skills. Includes pre-exam education component.Independent verification of an advisor's specialist SMSF technical knowledge. Includes pre-exam education component.Independent verification of an advisors Specialist SMSF Technical Audit Knowledge. Includes
pre-exam education component.
Australian Qualification FrameworkAQF8AQF8AQF8
Minimum Membership EligibiltyAssociateAssociateAssociate
Accreditation Duration12 weeks: Online Self-learning Modules and Exam12 weeks: Online Self-learning Modules
and Exam
12 weeks: Online Self-learning Modules
and Exam
Cost$895$1695$1695
Use of Accreditation LogoNoYesYes
Designation & Post NominalSMSF Practitioner™ SSP™ SMSF Specialist Adviser™ SSA™SMSF Specialist Auditor™ SSAaud®
CertificateYesYesYes
ComponentsDiagnostic assessment

9 Learning Modules

Online Exam
Diagnostic assessment

9 Learning Modules

Tutorial (optional)

Online Exam

Questionnaire

CPD Check
7 Learning Modules

Online Exam

Questionnaire

Structured Training Check
Complimentary Upgrade to Specialist MembershipNoYesYes
Online Exam Duration90 Minutes2 Hours2 Hours
Exam FormatOnline

9 Topics

Multiple Choice
& Short Answers
Online

17 Topics

Multiple Choice
Online

12 Topics

Multiple Choice
CPD Hours9 CPD Hours20 CPD Hours20 CPD Hours
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Become a member of the SMSF Association today to enhance your knowledge and take the next step on your SMSF career path.

If you have any further questions regarding accreditation and which option is best for you, please don’t hesitate to contact Member Services.