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Graduate Certificate of Public Accounting

Postgraduate coursework

Gain knowledge of imposed ethics and public, accounting-related advice requirements. Graduate qualified to become an Institute of Public Accountants member.

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Key facts

Duration

0.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2023 close 29 October 2023

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2024 close 18 February 2024

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate of Public Accounting is an Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) requirement for IPA Associates to become IPA Members. In this course you will choose four course elective units, including an ethics unit in keeping with the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) move to bolster ethics training requirements. Depending on the entry pathway, the ethics unit meets both Financial Adviser Standards (FAS) and the Accounting Professional & Ethical Standards Board (APESB) ethics requirements. The course offers a range of course electives to enable you to pursue your interests in accounting, tax law, and financial planning. It also offers a pathway into Deakin's Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.

To complete the Graduate Certificate, you must complete one ethics course elective (either MAA769/MAI769 or MAA763*), and three additional course elective units from the range agreed by the IPA. Students are advised to choose course elective subjects that best suit their personal and professional development needs and provide the potential to contribute towards any relevant professional requirements (e.g. financial advisers). 

* There is an option for IPA students to complete a summative assessment covering the three CPD modules and one annual refresher. Completion of this program through DeakinCo will provide full credit for MAA763. 

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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Certificate of Public Accounting
Year

2024 course information

Deakin code
M512
Level
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Public Accounting, students must attain a total of 4 credit points of course electives from a list of specified units, plus completion of the compulsory 0-credit point module, DAI001 Academic Integrity Module. 

Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.

Compulsory 0-credit point module

To be completed in the first trimester of study:-

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Course elective units

    Ethics course electives:

    Complete 1 unit from: 

  • Ethics for Financial Services ^*
  • or

  • Governance and Fraud
  • *Students requiring FAS accreditation must complete MAI769 or MAA769.

    Plus

    Complete 3 units chosen from any of the following units listed below:

    (Note: for ease of reference units are grouped into accounting, tax law and financial planning electives)

    Accounting course electives:

  • Accounting
  • Principles of Finance
  • Accounting Systems and Analytics
  • Accounting for Management
  • Corporate Auditing
  • Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Accounting Principles and Practice
  • Tax Law course electives:

  • Business Law
  • Principles of Income Tax Law
  • Business Taxation Law and Policy
  • Financial Advice Regulation ^
  • Financial Planning course electives:

  • Financial Planning and Economic Fundamentals
  • Superannuation and Retirement Planning
  • Financial Behaviour and Decision Making ^
  • Financial Planning Development
  • ^MAI and MLI code denotes Intensive versions of the units.

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    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 standard holiday breaks. Learn about key dates at Deakin.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

    Work experience

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

    Entry requirements

    Admission criteria

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher
    • at least two years’ relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    Admissions information

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    Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Members of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) who have successfully completed IPA001 Ethics for Financial Services unit will receive credit for either MAA769 Ethics for Financial Services or MAA763 Governance and Fraud.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above. 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 this course within the same year as they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by four credit points of study for Graduate Certificates. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four 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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    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    Careers

    Career outcomes

    Graduates of this course are typically already employed and seeking enhanced employment opportunities in areas of accounting such as:

    • financial accounting
    • taxation
    • financial advising.

    Professional recognition

    Completion of the appropriate selection of units within the Graduate Certificate of Public Accounting grants eligibility to higher professional membership levels as administered by the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

    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 accounting and ethical theories and principles to public accounting practice and business decision models

    Communication Communicate the merits of alternate solutions to real-world business issues with reference to relevant accounting and ethical standards
    Digital literacy

    Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award

    Critical thinking

    Critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise information in the application of accounting frameworks for business decision making

    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