Graduate Certificate of Public Accounting

Postgraduate coursework

The Graduate Certificate of Public Accounting will equip students with the knowledge of recently imposed ethics and the provision of public accounting related advice requirements.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

1 year part-time

Campuses

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

The Graduate Certificate of Public Accounting is an Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) requirement for IPA Associates to become IPA Members. The course includes a core ethics unit in keeping with the IFAC move to bolster ethics training requirements. Depending on the entry pathway, the core ethics unit meets both FASEA and APESB ethics requirements. The course offers a range of electives to enable students to pursue their interests in accounting, tax law, and financial planning. It also offers an articulation pathway into Deakin’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.

To complete the Graduate Certificate, you must satisfy the compulsory core unit MAA769, plus select three elective units (comprising a range agreed by the IPA) to meet your personal and professional development needs, including membership to the IPA. Choose elective subjects that best suit your professional development needs and provide the potential for you to contribute towards any relevant professional requirements (e.g. financial advisers).

 

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Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Public Accounting, students must attain a total of 4 credit points, consisting of 1 credit point of core units and 3 credit points of elective units, plus completion of the compulsory 0-credit point module, MAI010 Academic Integrity Module.

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

 

1

Core units

3

Elective units

4

Total units

Core units

  • Ethics for Financial Services
  • or

  • Governance and Fraud
  • Compulsory 0-credit point module

    To be completed in the first trimester of study:-

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Elective units

    Select 3 electives 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 Electives:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Accounting Systems and Analytics
  • Accounting for Management
  • Corporate Auditing
  • Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Accounting Principles and Practice
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Professional Research and Analysis
  • Tax Law Electives:

  • Business Law
  • Principles of Income Tax Law
  • Business Taxation Law and Policy
  • Financial Advice Regulation
  • Financial Planning Electives:

  • Financial Planning and Economic Fundamentals
  • Superannuation and Retirement Planning
  • Financial Behaviour and Decision Making
  • Financial Planning Development
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Certificate of Public Accounting
    Year

    2022 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.

    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:
      • Cloud Campus

       

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

       

    International students should note that, due to visa regulations, this course can only be undertaken while living outside Australia.

    Additional course information

    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: https://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

    Minimum admission criteria:

    • Bachelor degree or higher OR
    • two years relevant professional 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.

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.

    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.

    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.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    The estimated fee for this course is not currently available, please contact Student Central for further information.
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of study. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. 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 tuition fees.

    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

    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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    How to apply

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

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

    Entry pathways

    N/A

    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 or financial adviser.

    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