Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting
Course summary for current students
|Year||2018 course information|
|Award granted||Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)|
|Duration||0.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Deakin course code||M506|
|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.|
Looking to start studying in 2017? View our Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting and apply to start this year.
M506 was previously titled Graduate Certificate of Accounting.
- Course overview
- Indicative student workload
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Course Learning Outcomes
- Course rules
- Course structure
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.
Indicative student 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.
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.
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.
Fees and charges
Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.
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.|
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.
Select a minimum of 2 credit points of units from:
|MAA703||Accounting for Management 1, 2, 4|
|MAA716||Financial Accounting 1, 2|
|MAA725||Advanced Accounting Principles and Practice 1, 2, 4|
|MPA701||Accounting 1, 2|
|MPF753||Finance 1, 2, 4|
Select a maximum of 2 credit points of units from:
|MAA705||Corporate Auditing 2, 3, 4|
|MLC703||Principles of Income Tax Law 2, 3, 4|
|MLC707||Commercial and Corporations Law 1, 2|
|MPE781||Economics for Managers 1, 2|
|MPM701/MPM701A||Business 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.
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.
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.