Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting

Postgraduate coursework

Undertake postgraduate study in accounting and finance with Deakin's Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting. Learn more about this course.

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Key facts

Duration

0.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Current Deakin Students

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Course information

This course enables you to study the principles of accounting and finance or take the first step towards becoming a qualified accountant.

Our Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting gives you the flexibility to choose units that are right for you. For example, if you’re just looking to add accounting skills to progress your career, you have the option to study units that match your interest. If you aspire to apply for the CA program of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, you might undertake the units required for this pathway.

After completing this course, you can progress to the Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting, Master of Professional Accounting, Master of Commerce or Master of Professional Accounting and Finance.

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Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting, students must attain a total of 4 credit points of core units. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.

Units

Select a minimum of 2 credit points of units from:

  • Accounting for Management MAA703 1, 2, 4
  • Financial Accounting MAA716 1, 2
  • Advanced Accounting Principles and Practice MAA725 1, 2, 4
  • Accounting MPA701 1, 2
  • Finance MPF753 1, 2, 4
  • Select a maximum of 2 credit points of units from:

  • Corporate Auditing MAA705 2, 3, 4
  • Principles of Income Tax Law MLC703 2, 3, 4
  • Business Law MLC707 1, 2
  • MPT781/MPE781Economics for Managers 1, 2^
  • MPM701/MPM701ABusiness Process Management 1, 2*
  • Or any unit(s) not previously studied as listed in the Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting.

    Other postgraduate units may be taken subject to the approval of the Course Director.

    * MPM701A is a Start Anytime unit

    ^ MPT code denotes Study Tour version of the unit

    Notes:
    1 Required by CPA Australia for Associate (foundation level) Membership.

    2 Required by the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) for entry to the CA Program.

    3 For candidates who have completed an accredited degree in Australia, this unit may be taken as part of the CPA program. Other students must complete the unit before becoming an Associate Member of CPA Australia.

    4 For candidates who would like to obtain exemptions to the ACCA program.

    Students should carefully note the trimesters when units are offered to ensure that all required units can be completed in the appropriate time frame.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting
    Year
    2019 course information
    Deakin code
    M506
    Level
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    M506 was previously titled Graduate Certificate of Accounting.

    Additional course information

    Credit for prior learning
    Credit for prior learning into the Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting may be granted to students who have successfully completed appropriate postgraduate studies.  There are negotiated credit for prior learning arrangements in place for CPA members.

    Mandatory student checks
    Any unit which contains work-integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. Refer to the relevant unit guide.

    Course duration
    - additional information
    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.

    Workload

    As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Participation requirements

    Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: http://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    This course does not require students to complete compulsory work integrated learning units.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Minimum admission criteria:

    • Bachelor degree or higher OR
    • two years of relevant work experience, OR
    • evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

     For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit Deakin Policy Library.

     

     

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
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    The available fee places for this course are detailed above.

    Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:

    • If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
    • If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning.

    * One year full-time study load is typically represented by four credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 4 credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

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    Please note that the fees shown by the calculator are indicative only and actual fees may vary. Users are advised to confirm the actual course fee with Prospective Student Enquiries prior to enrolment.

    The estimated course fee is based on the tuition fee costs applicable to a domestic full time student commencing the course in Trimester 1 and studying full time for the duration of the course but:

    • does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
    • does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 15% Deakin Alumni Postgraduate Course Fee Bursary);
    • assumes the maximum number of units that need to be successfully completed actual number completed may be reduced if Credit for Prior Learning is granted;
    • assumes that no exceptional, or non-typical, circumstances apply to the proposed course of study;
    • assumes that the options that the user selects are appropriate for the course of study that they intend to undertake;
    • where fees are estimated for future years those fee will be subject to annual increases in accordance with increases in the cost of course delivery.

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    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

    Professional recognition

    Students who wish to enter the:

    CA Program of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ)
    Associate membership for the CPA Program, CPA Australia
    IPA Program of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) and
    Exemptions may apply for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

    are advised that it is their responsibility to ensure that they take the appropriate units required for entry.

    Students who have completed prior undergraduate or graduate units in accounting or other core knowledge areas are advised to have their qualifications assessed by their preferred professional organisation to ensure they complete the correct units.

    Please note: The eligibility of students for membership of any of the accounting accrediting bodies is subject to meeting the requirements of that body and that Deakin makes no representations that individuals will meet those requirements.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities Demonstrate conceptual knowledge on basic accounting, and techniques in auditing and financial management including simplified applications to real world problems.
    Communication Draft user-friendly reports that clarifies the merits of alternate solutions and makes simple recommendations.
    Digital literacy Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.
    Critical thinking Identify potential alternative solutions and evaluate the financial costs and benefits of such solutions.
    Problem solving Determine ways to resolve a firm’s financial constraints through appropriate match with the theoretical solutions.
    Self-management Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.
    Teamwork Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.
    Global citizenship Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.
       

     

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal if you are only applying for one course. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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    Entry pathways

    Upon completing the Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting you can progress to the Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting, Master of Professional Accounting, Master of Commerce.

    Further study options

    M696 Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting
    M720 Master of Professional Accounting
    M794 Master of Accounting and International Finance
    M755 Master of Commerce

    Credit for prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Faculty contact information

    Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
    Tel 03 9244 6555
    Email buslaw@deakin.edu.au

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