Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting (C5B)

Overview  2023

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 0.5 Years, up to a maximum of 2 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1
Launceston
Semester 1
Online
Semester 1

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 0.5 Years, up to a maximum of 2 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1
Launceston
Semester 1
Online
Semester 1
The Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting is a 6 month full-time or part-time equivalent course offered by the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics. The course is full fee-paying, which means that you will be charged at the full fee-paying rate listed for each unit.

This course provides training in accounting for those who do not have an accounting background. Successful completion of this course will give students a solid foundation in accounting fundamentals, and can be built on through further studies to achieve the level of competency required to become an accredited accountant.

Key contacts

Current student enrolment questions and advice UConnect
Course Coordinator Dr Amrinder Khosa

The Professional Accounting suite of courses are primarily designed for graduates with an undergraduate degree, from disciplines other than an accounting major, to develop skills to meet the entry requirements necessary for Associate Membership of the professional accounting bodies.

Students are treated as adult learners with a wealth of experience and with no accounting knowledge. The course utilises a ‘flipped” classroom to deliver content, with workshops used to develop student learning, communication and application skills. The accounting profession now places a strong emphasis on the importance of “soft skills”, and these as well as critical problem solving skills are best practised in a workshop environment.

Through this context, students develop skills to question and find solutions by applying their technical knowledge and ability to research authentic situations in the accounting context. Students also learn to interact within diverse groups and communicate their findings to both accountants and non-accountants through the most appropriate method.

  • 1 Evaluate accounting concepts and financial management strategies and apply them to real world business problems, while using a sustainable business model lens.
  • 2 Justify business ideas in multiple contexts using effective oral and written communication techniques with professionals.
  • 3 Analyse business performance and impacts, and make recommendations to decision makers.
  • 4 Demonstrate collaboration, cooperation and teamwork when working with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Career outcomes

    The units in this course form part of the MPA and on completion of the MPA, it provides a pathway for students to qualify for membership of Professional Accounting bodies, including CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand.  The students are then able to pursue professional year studies with these bodies.

    Course structure

    To graduate from the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting course, a student must satisfactorily complete 50 credit points of study from the course schedule.

    This unit provides managers with an introduction to a comprehensive range of key data analysis, statistics, microeconomic and macroeconomic topics. The emphasis is on the practical application of basic statistical techniques, economic concepts and models to real world business-oriented problems…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    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 students with an understanding of: the scope and nature of the…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    The Accounting Framework is an introductory accounting unit concerned with the fundamentals of financial accounting. The unit includes an introduction to the basic principles of accrual accounting and the five elements of financial reports (i.e. assets, liabilities, owners equity, revenue…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit covers a wide range of interesting legal topics and teaches students how to apply corporate legal theory to solve legal problems. These are essential skills for those wishing to work in both the fields of accounting and business…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Entry requirements

    Applicants with higher education study
    To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have:

    • A completed undergraduate or postgraduate course in any discipline at Bachelor level (AQF level 7) or higher (or equivalent#).

    Applicants with work experience
    To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have:

    • Qualifications, relevant work experience or other special circumstances, as approved by the College Executive Dean or delegated authority.  You must provide evidence to support your application based on work experience, in particular a copy of your CV demonstrating your work experience, and letters of reference from line managers or similar to confirm your work experience. In the case of applicants who have worked as a sole trader or consultant, additional evidence to support the level of experience must be provided.

    In addition to the requirements for domestic applicants, international applicants must also provide one of the following:

    • IELTS 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0)
    • TOEFL (iBT) 88 (no skill below: Reading 16; Listening 16; Speaking 18; Writing 22)
    • PTE Academic 58 with no score lower than 50
    • Successful completion of English for Academic Purposes 2 at the University of Tasmania with a minimum overall score of 65% (no individual score less than 60%); or provide evidence that you have approved Prior Studies in English (https://www.utas.edu.au/international/applying/entry-requirements/english-language-requirements).

    These tests must not be more than 24 months old. 

    #An equivalent qualification from an overseas institution as assessed by the University.

    Students who successfully complete the C5B Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting may articulate with full credit into the C6B Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting or C7S Master of Professional Accounting.

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Options for this course

    This is a full-fee course, which means you’ll need to pay the full amount for your studies. Commonwealth Supported Places are not available in this course. However, there are still support options available for eligible students to help you manage the cost of studying this course.

    You may be able to fund all or part of your tuition fees by accessing a FEE-HELP loan from the Australian Government. FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists domestic full-fee students to pay for University, which is repaid through the Australian Tax System once you earn above a repayment threshold. This means you’ll only have to start repaying the loan once you start earning above a specific amount

    Our scholarships and prizes program also offers more than 400 scholarships across all areas of study. You can even apply for multiple scholarships in one easy application.

    Further information

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

    International students

    2023 Total Course Fee (international students): $17,975 AUD*.

    Course cost based on a rate of $35,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

    * Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

    International students

    International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

    Scholarships

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

    How can we help?

    Do you have any questions about choosing a course or applying? Get in touch.

    Domestic
    1300 363 864
    International
    +61 3 6226 6200
    Email
    Course.Info@utas.edu.au
    Online
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