Courses & Units

Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting C5B

Hobart

Introduction

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting is the first part of a suite of accounting courses that culminate in eligibility for professional accounting body membership.  The course is a a 6 month full-time (1 year part-time) course of study offered by the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics. This course is full fee-paying, which means that you will be charged at the full fee-paying rate listed for each unit.

The course involves the completion of 4 units of study.  Completion of this course alone does not lead to professional accounting body membership (see Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) and Master of Professional Accounting (Specialisation) (MPAS)).

International students can find additional information at http://www.utas.edu.au/international/how-to-apply.

Summary

Course Name Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting
Course Abbreviation GCPA
Course Duration 0.5 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 2 Years
CRICOS code 048891G
Responsible Faculty Tasmanian School of Business & Economics (TSBE)

Intake

Locations

Location Study periods
Hobart Semester 1, Semester 2

Career Outcomes

The units in this course form part of the MPA and/or MPAS and, once the MPA or MPAS is completed and, depending on the qualifications of the applicant on entry, it is the first part of a pathway for students to qualify for membership of the professional accounting bodies.The students are then able to pursue professional year studies with these bodies.

Prerequisites

For admission to this degree you need to have: 

  1.  the equivalent of an undergraduate or masters degree in a non-accounting degree. International applications are subject to assessment for equivalency; OR
  2. approved relevant work experience or other special circumstances (eg post secondary qualifications) as approved by the Dean or delegated authority.

For entry into all postgraduate courses, international students must provide an IELTS test score of at least Band 6 with a minimum of 6.0 on all bands, or a TOEFL score of 575 with a Test of Written English score of no less than 4.5. This test must not be more than 24 months old. Further information can be found under international admissions http://www.international.utas.edu.au/static/admissionRequirements.php

At the discretion of the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, admission may also include an interview.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting

Master of Professional Accounting (only for students who hold an Undergraduate or Masters degree)

Master of Professional Accounting (Specialisation)

These course rules and specifications apply to students who commenced the course in 2014. For students who commenced prior to 2014 the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement: i.e. students who commenced in 2009 should refer to the 2009 Handbook

Course Structure

Schedule A

Complete the four units below:

  • BFA503Introduction to Financial ManagementDetails

    This unit introduces students to the major concepts and analytical tools used in the theory and practice of financial management within an Australian context. It is designed to provide you with with an understanding of:- the scope and nature of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

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  • BFA506Business LawDetails

    Provides an introduction to the Australian legal system, sources of law such as Parliament and the courts, the Federal system, the legislative process, precedent, alternative dispute resolution, the law of torts, the law of contract, consumer protection law, consumer law,…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

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  • BFA507The Accounting FrameworkDetails

    Provides a foundation for students intending to study units towards the Masters of Professional Accounting. The institutional framework and the fundamental principles underpinning accrual accounting and financial reporting are examined. The elements of the accounting cycle, and techniques of measurement,…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

    View all details for BFA507 The Accounting Framework

  • BFA527Corporate Sustainability and the Triple Bottom LineDetails

    Provides an introduction to the concept of economic, social and environmental (triple bottom line) reporting and performance from both a business and society perspective. The unit looks at the link between triple bottom line (TBL) reporting and the concept of…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    Availability

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Annual Course Cost

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Course Rules


Award Title: Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting

Award Abbreviation: GCPA

Course Code: C5B

Entry
1. Candidates for the Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting shall be qualified for entry if they have:
1. The equivalent of an Undergraduate Degree or a Masters Degree in a non-accounting discipline;
Or
2. A 4 unit Graduate Certificate or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution
Or
3. Approved relevant work experience or other special circumstances as approved by the Dean or delegated authority.

For entry into all postgraduate courses, international students must provide an IELTS test score of at least Band 6 with a minimum of 6.0 on all bands or a TOEFL score of 575 with a Test of Written English score of no less than 4.5. This test must not be more than 24 months old.

2. Candidates for the degree shall complete the degree requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than 0.5 years of full-time study (or its equivalent) and not more than 2 years, from the time of first enrolment.

Course Structure
3. To qualify for the degree, the candidate shall:
Pass a compulsory core of 4 units as outlined in Schedule A.

4. The units which may be included in a course for the degree shall, unless otherwise approved by the Dean, be in accordance with Schedule A, accompanying these specifications.
 
5. Units may be counted towards the degree only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Faculty of Business.
 
6. A candidate normally may not enrol in any semester in units totalling more than 50% weighting.
 
7. Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.
 
8. In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the Dean in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 3.

Credit for Previous Studies
9. Passes in subjects or units in other courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the degree.

Miscellaneous
10. The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedules to these specifications.
 
11. These specifications shall take effect on 1 July 2014 and shall apply to all candidates for the degree, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently and to any candidates who, having commenced their studies for the Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting prior to that date, have not passed in any units towards the degree by that date.

12. Candidates who have passed in appropriate units towards the Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting under the specifications in force prior to 1 July 2014 will be entitled to transfer to the Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting with full equivalent credit, or to graduate in accordance with those degree specifications operating at the time of their admission to candidature.
 
13. Should any difficulty arise for a candidate previously enrolled because of any difference between course requirements (such as required majors) and units offered under these specifications and those previously in force, the Faculty shall ensure that the candidate is not materially disadvantaged by these specifications.
 
14. The approved abbreviation for the degree of Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting shall be GCPA.