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Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting

Graduate certificate

An entry-level qualification that prepares students to develop foundational knowledge and skills to break into the accounting field.

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Course outline
  • Qualification
    Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting
  • Duration

    Duration

    6 months full-time
  • Credit

    Credit

    100
  • CRICOS

    CRICOS

    051616A
  • Location

    Location

    Curtin Perth
Course outline

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Semester 1, 2024

1 May 2023

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Semester 2, 2024

Applications now open!

4 July 2024

Semester 1, 2025

Applications now open!

6 February 2025

Semester 2, 2025

7 April 2025

3 July 2025

Course outline

Outline

Outline

This qualification is intended to help you step into the field of accounting for the first time. It covers an introductory understanding of accounting and the budget process.

You’ll study a range of specialised topics, including corporations law, cost behaviour, financial accounting, job order costing systems, management accounting, planning and special decision-making issues.

You’ll also learn typical accounting applications such as billing, general ledger, inventory, purchasing and sales.

When you successfully finish this course, you can progress to the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting.

What jobs can the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting course lead to?

Careers 

  • Bookkeeper
  • Account clerk

Industries 

  • Accounting
  • Finance and investment
  • Government
  • Law
  • Resources and renewables

What you'll learn

  • apply principles of accounting, economics, information systems, statistics, law and social sciences as they relate to reporting business activity.
  • critically analyse issues in collection, recording and reporting of economic activity to enable the development of accounting information systems giving cost effective decision useful information.
  • locate, extract and critically appraise decision useful information related to economic activity from sources within an organisation and from external sources.
  • relate the significance of commercial events and issues to the business and investing community using effectively structured financial communication and appropriate language.
  • use electronic resources to effectively interrogate databases, analyse data, collect information and communicate.
  • take responsibility for self directed learning and the development of a career long attitude of continuing professional development.
  • recognise the global nature of accounting by applying international financial reporting standards and appreciate the information requirements of a global financial system.
  • demonstrate an understanding that cultural practices and differences impact commercial practices and interpersonal relations.
  • apply an ethical approach to analysing and reporting commercial activities; advising clients; demonstrate leadership and the ability to delegate tasks to ensure timely outcomes; Work independently and in teams to achieve agreed outcomes.

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

A bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a field of study other than accounting, or significant relevant work experience (typically three to five years). Applicants must also meet Curtin's English language proficiency requirements.

This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.5

Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees and charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

2024 Fee year:

$15,907*

Domestic

Domestic

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

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Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online

2025

Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online

2026

Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Semester 2
  • On campus
  • Online

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: GC-PRFACC
  • CRICOS code: 051616A
  • Last updated on: 18 May 2024

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