Graduate Certificate of Chartered Accounting Foundations

Course summary for local students

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Year2014 course information
Award granted Graduate Certificate of Chartered Accounting Foundations
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud (online)Yes
Length1 year part time
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

Indicative annual fee 2014$23,370/0.5 EFTSL-$11685* - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Postgraduate Student Administration
Faculty of Business and Law
Tel 03 5227 3447 Waterfront (Geelong)
Tel 03 9244 5043 Burwood (Melbourne)
Tel 1800 624 316 Customer Service

Deakin course code M537

Please note:

M537 Graduate Certificate of Chartered Accounting Foundations (GCCAF) is currently being proposed for discontinuation. The final intake will be Trimester 3 2014.

Deakin University have  received confirmation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA) that the Deakin GCCAF is exempt  from the additional  knowledge areas  of  Accounting   Information   Systems,   Business   Economics   and  Quantitative Methods until 2014.

M720 Master of Professional Accounting is an alternative pathway to membership of professional accounting bodies.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Graduate Certificate of Chartered Accounting Foundations provides an opportunity for non-accounting graduates to pursue a career in one of the most rewarding and prestigious professions, chartered accounting.

The course has been developed to meet the requirements of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. Deakin University works together with the Institute to address the skills shortage in this area.

Completion of this course will enable you to acquire a basic grounding in financial accounting, management accounting, finance, taxation, auditing, commercial law and corporations law, so that they can enter the Institute's Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting (GradDipCA). The CA Program is only available in Australia, Singapore and Malaysia.

* Please refer to the Institute's website for a complete description of the requirements of the CA Program.

Professional recognition

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Chartered Accounting Foundations will enable you to enter The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia's Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accounting (the CA Program). 

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study. If you are studying a graduate certificate of 4 credit points, your total course EFTSL is 0.5.

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2014, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2014 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

Once qualified as a chartered accountant, career opportunities exist in a wide range of positions within commerce, public practice, government or academia.

Course rules

The course comprises 4 credit points of study (eight core units worth 0.50 credit points each) and can be completed in one year of part-time study.

Course structure

Students must complete the following eight core units:

MAA774Management Accounting


MAA776Financial Accounting 1

MAA777Financial Accounting 2

MAA778Financial Accounting 3


MLC711Commercial and Corporations Law


Entry requirements - general

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 Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Completion of a tertiary program equivalent to not less than 3 years of full-time study at a university or other approved educational institution.

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

To apply for the Graduate Certificate of Chartered Accounting Foundations (offered in partnership with the ICAA) you must apply online via the applicant portal, referring to the Apply website as closing dates for applications for particular courses may vary.

Your faculty may require further information from you when submitting your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.