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- Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting
Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.
- 6 months full-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
- Curtin Perth
Change to an accounting career and expand your prospects.
Get the Curtin edge
Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.
Top 1 %
Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).
You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.
In this course you’ll study a range of specialised accounting topics. You will be introduced to management accounting and cost terms, exploring job order costing systems and new costing methods, cost behaviour, planning and special decision-making issues. The budget process is also a key feature in this course. You’ll learn typical accounting information systems applications such as sales, billing, purchasing, inventory and general ledger. Key topics in financial accounting are also explored.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
- Step into the field of accounting for the first time or upgrade your working knowledge to obtain a qualification and expand your career prospects.
- These courses will help expand your understanding and skills through theoretical study and real-life cases.
- Qualified accountants who possess professional knowledge and expertise experience upward mobility towards management roles in many organisations.
Graduates generally find employment with private and public organisations nationally and internationally.
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.
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.
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
Tel: 1300 222 888
Fees & charges
Domestic fee paying postgraduate
Fee year: 2020
What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?
A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.
Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.
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).
For start dates, please view the academic calendar.
On Campus and Online
Semester 1 and Semester 2
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
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- Curtin course code: GC-PRFACC
- CRICOS code: 051616A
- Last updated on: December 12, 2019