Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting

COURSE (DOMESTIC STUDENTS)

Overview

Learn 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, learn units that interest you. If you’re hoping to apply for the CA program for Chartered Accountants Australia, you might undertake the units required for that pathway.

Once you complete this course, you can progress to the Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting, Master of Professional Accounting, Master of Commerce or Master of Accounting and International Finance.

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Key facts

Duration

0.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

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

Trimester 2

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

Trimester 3

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

M506 was previously titled Graduate Certificate of Accounting.

 

Key information

Award granted

Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting

Year

2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

Not applicable

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.

Entry requirements

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.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Minimum entry requirements

 - Bachelor degree in any discipline

or

 - 5 years relevant work experience

Professional Recognition

Students who wish to enter the:

CA Program of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)
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

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.
   

 

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
  • Commercial and Corporations Law MLC707 1, 2
  • Economics for Managers MPE781 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.

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

    2 Required by the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) 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.

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. 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.

    Apply through Deakin

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

    Course 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

    Am I eligible to receive 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

    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.

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

    • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
    • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. 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 you have.

    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 that course. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.

    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.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Additional course information

    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.

    Offered campuses

    Burwood

    Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.


    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

    Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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