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Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting

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CSU's Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting provides a pathway to postgraduate study in accounting for graduates from other disciplines who wish to either embark on a career in Accounting, or to simply gain some accounting knowledge to complement their existing skills. This flexible program allows students to choose which four subjects best meet their professional and career needs.

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting is related to:


  • Why study this course?

    The Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting provides a general professional accounting education to graduates of non-accounting disciplines. The degree is designed to build upon previous non-accounting undergraduate studies and work experience and to add conceptual depth by concentrating on studies in accounting and related disciplines. The course includes the concepts of spiral learning and the integration of communication skills, computer applications and quantitative analysis within the discipline of accounting.

    CSU's Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting consists of four subjects and is designed to allow students to choose subjects from the list of core Master of Professional Accounting subjects to best meet their individual needs.

  • Career opportunities
    CSU's postgraduate accounting programs are designed for students looking for a change in career. Students who go on to complete the Master of Professional Accounting will meet the academic requirements of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and CPA Australia, opening the way to many vocational choices in areas of financial management, public practice, commerce and industry, government and semi-government organisations, and accounting education.

  • Credit and pathways

    Students may receive up to 50% (two 8 point subjects) worth of credit into the Graduate Certificate program for related prior studies. Credit will not be awarded for work experience.

    Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting will receive credit for the subjects they have completed if they proceed to enrol in the Graduate Diploma of Accounting or the Master of Professional Accounting.

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure
    Course Structure

    Master of Professional Accounting (12 subjects)

    The course consists of 12 subjects as follows:

    ACC566 Accounting Systems & Processes
    ACC512 Management Accounting for Costs & Control
    ACC539 Accounting Information Systems
    ACC514 Financial Accounting
    ACC515 Accounting & Finance
    ACC544 Decision Support Tools
    ACC567 Financial Accounting 2
    ACC568 Auditing
    ACC518 Current Developments in Accounting Thought
    ECO511 Economics for Business
    LAW504 Business and Corporations Law
    LAW505 Taxation 1

    Master of Professional Accounting (16 subjects)

    The course consists of 16 subjects (128 points) as follows:

    ACC566 Accounting Systems & Processes
    ACC512 Management Accounting for Costs & Control
    ACC539 Accounting Information Systems
    ACC514 Financial Accounting
    ACC515 Accounting & Finance
    ACC544 Decision Support Tools
    ACC567 Financial Accounting 2
    ACC568 Auditing
    ACC518 Current Developments in Accounting Thought
    ECO511 Economics for Business
    LAW504 Business and Corporations Law
    LAW505 Taxation 1

    Restricted electives

    Plus 4 restricted electives from the following list:

    ACC501 Business Accounting & Finance (available only in the first session of study)
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    HRM512 Values and Conflicts in Organisations
    HRM514 International Human Resource Management
    HRM528 Strategic Human Resource Management
    MGT501 Management Theory & Practice
    MGT510 Strategic Management
    MGT530 International Business
    MGT540 Management of Change
    MKT501 Marketing Management
    MKT510 Customer Behaviour
    MKT520 Managing Product and Service Innovation
    MKT550 Global Marketing

    Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting

    The course consists of 4 subjects and is designed to allow students to choose subjects from the list of core Master of Professional Accounting subjects to best meet their individual needs. Students may make up their course from the following subjects:

    ACC566 Accounting Systems & Processes
    ACC512 Management Accounting for Costs & Control
    ACC539 Accounting Information Systems
    ACC514 Financial Accounting
    ACC515 Accounting & Finance
    ACC544 Decision Support Tools
    ACC567 Financial Accounting 2
    ACC568 Auditing
    ACC518 Current Developments in Accounting Thought
    ECO511 Economics for Business
    LAW504 Business and Corporations Law
    LAW505 Taxation 1

    Graduate Diploma of Accounting

    The course consists of 8 subjects. At least 4 subjects must be accounting subjects and no more than 4 subjects can be drawn from the list of restricted electives.

    ACC566 Accounting Systems & Processes
    ACC512 Management Accounting for Costs & Control
    ACC539 Accounting Information Systems
    ACC514 Financial Accounting
    ACC515 Accounting & Finance
    ACC544 Decision Support Tools
    ACC567 Financial Accounting 2
    ACC568 Auditing
    ACC518 Current Developments in Accounting Thought
    ECO511 Economics for Business
    LAW504 Business and Corporations Law
    LAW505 Taxation 1

    Restricted electives

    Maximum of 4 restricted electives from the following list:

    ACC501 Business Accounting & Finance (available only in the first session of study)
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    HRM512 Values and Conflicts in Organisations
    HRM514 International Human Resource Management
    HRM528 Strategic Human Resource Management
    MGT501 Management Theory & Practice
    MGT510 Strategic Management
    MGT530 International Business
    MGT540 Management of Change
    MKT501 Marketing Management
    MKT510 Customer Behaviour
    MKT520 Managing Product and Service Innovation
    MKT550 Global Marketing

    See Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting enrolment pattern

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    ACC515 Accounting & Finance
    ACC567 Financial Accounting 2

  • Admission information

    Applicants without a tertiary qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting on the basis of professional attainment and/or work experience. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, students will then be eligible for admission to the Master of Professional Accounting and receive credit for applicable subjects.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Free textbook - online students receive one free textbook per subject.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.


    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPPGYYYOBAE
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYYYJBCA

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 32 points (4 eight point subjects)

  • How to apply
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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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  • About the School
    School of Accounting and Finance

    The School of Accounting and Finance offers subjects across a range of disciplines including accounting, economics, finance, financial planning and law, in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Subject material, incorporating industry specific learning and teaching aids, is kept up-to-date to ensure the latest issues and topics are included. Many of the staff within the School are industry experts who bridge the gap between the theories taught in subjects and their application in the workplace. Courses are practically focused, and include workplace learning, either through work placements or case studies in our undergraduate courses, or practical work related assessment in our postgraduate areas. This ensures graduates are work-ready and equipped with qualifications recognised globally. The School is committed to providing quality teaching informed by research and backed by a supportive learning environment. The School of Accounting and Finance designs subjects with input from industry professionals to ensure courses meet the academic requirements for accreditation with key professional bodies including CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand, the Financial Planning Association and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners; and to satisfy ASIC core knowledge areas.

  • Preparing for Study
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    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS014 Stepping into Statistics
    • SSS018 Foundation Mathematics
    • SSS021 Transition to University Study
    • SSS033 Transition from TAFE / VET to University (face-to-face workshop)

    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects. A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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