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Professional Accounting

Graduate Certificate

GC-PRFACC

Course
Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting
CRICOS
051616A
Duration
6 months full-time
Credit
100
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

Change to an accounting career and expand your prospects.

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Accelerated learning

Learn through real-life cases on topics such as corporate law, financial accounting and management accounting.

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).

This course 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.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • Expand your understanding and skills through theoretical study and real-life cases.
  • Lifelong learning is key to a successful career in accounting. Qualified accountants who possess professional knowledge and expertise experience upward mobility towards management roles in many organisations.
  • The Curtin Accounting Association can help grow your network and connect you with industry. The association is run by Curtin accounting students and is sponsored by Chartered Accountants, EY, KPMG, CPA Australia and the Curtin Student Guild.

Career information

This qualification provides entrance to the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting at Curtin University as a pathway to formal professional accounting qualifications.

Industries

  • Accounting
  • Finance and investment
  • Government

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.

Entry requirements

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)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

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

Essential course prerequisites

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.

Advanced standing

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 at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

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:

Email: ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

International student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $15,500*
Total indicative course fee $15,500*
Indicative year 1 fee $15,500*

Fee year: 2021

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $15,800*
Total indicative course fee $15,800*
Indicative year 1 fee $15,800*

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).

It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.

Location

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

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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