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LocationSydney CBD
Duration0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 3 years maximum.0.5 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesTrimester 1 (25 Jan 2021), Trimester 2 (10 May 2021), Trimester 3 (23 Aug 2021), Trimester 1 (25 Jan 2021), Trimester 2 (10 May 2021), Trimester 3 (23 Aug 2021),
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English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 6.5, IELTS section minimum - 6.0 Find out more about IELTS.
CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 065470K
Program Code12187

Study Professional Accounting

A career in accounting provides challenging, rewarding and versatile opportunities in the current business environment. Increasingly businesses are looking for people with superior analytical skills which accounting can provide.

The Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting program is designed for students with a degree in a field other than accounting who wish to obtain an introduction to accounting concepts and procedures.

Why study with us?

  • Study in Sydney - Our state-of-the-art facilities in the heart of the Sydney CBD provide the optimum environment for you to excel in your studies.
  • Fast track your degree - Complete your graduate certificate in just one semester.
  • AACSB Accreditation - the Newcastle Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), earned by fewer than five percent of the world's business programs.

AACSB ? accredited business school Find out more
World top 175 ? for business and economics
Top 5 in Australia ? for business administration
World top 150 ? for business administration

What you will study

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting is designed for students who have qualifications in an area other than accounting and will equip you with knowledge of accounting concepts and theory, and provide a pathway for a career in accounting. Achieving the requirements of the Master of Professional Accounting means you meet the eligibility requirement for entry into CPA Australia and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

The Graduate Certificate in Professional accounting provides an introduction to subject areas such as:

  • financial accounting
  • management accounting
  • business finance
  • economics

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career

Career opportunities

Accounting skills are transferable across all industries and are required for sound financial decision making. The insights you will gain by completing the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to seek employment in fields including:

  • Financial and management accounting
  • Taxation
  • Auditing
  • Superannuation
  • Investment
  • Financial advising
  • Banking
  • Stockbroking

How to apply

Applying for Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting

I am a prospective
student, looking to study at
Sydney CBD

Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

Entry into the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting (40 units) will be available for applicants who have:

  • 3 year Bachelors Degree not in the discipline; or
  • 3 year Diploma in the discipline; or
  • 3 year Diploma not in the discipline + 1 year relevant business experience; or
  • 2 year Diploma in the discipline + 2 years relevant business experience; or
  • 2 year Diploma not in the discipline + 3 years relevant business experience; or
  • At least 5 years business experience.

Students will be required to successfully complete a Business Academic Skills Program (BASP) which will be of 6 weeks duration.  The BASP will be non-fee based and can be completed concurrently with courses in the Graduate Certificate.

Only after the successful completion of the Graduate Certificate and the academic skills program will students be eligible to formally enrol in the Masters Program. They will, however, receive 40 units credit by virtue of the studies they will have already completed.  Therefore they will be required to do an additional 80 units to complete their Masters Degree.

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

You can look at Uni prep for options to brush up on knowledge before you start.

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Applications to study are now open. Submit your application now.

Important: If you are applying for recognition of prior learning for this program, you will need to provide a statement detailing how your professional experience prepares you to undertake postgraduate study.

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Applications to study are now open. Submit your application now.

Important: If you are applying for recognition of prior learning for this program, you will need to provide a statement detailing how your professional experience prepares you to undertake postgraduate study.

Assocation to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

The Newcastle Business School is accredited with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), earned by fewer than 5% of the world's business programs. AACSB is the premier, and longest-standing, international accrediting body for business programs and is the international benchmark for excellence in business education.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.