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Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Certificate

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    4 units

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    RMIT University

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What you'll learn

About this course

Whether you're looking to formalise your years of accounting experience with an accreditation, or you're keen to upgrade your undergraduate qualification to postgraduate level, this online Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting course is the perfect pathway to achieving your career goals. The online accounting course has been designed to provide students with relevant industry skills, and has a strong practical philosophy to its structure.

Through a combination of guest speakers, industry-employed lecturers and industry-relevant assessments, students will gain a foundational understanding of modern accounting principles. Students will learn about business and corporation law, understand how financial decision making can impact accounting processes, and will also be taught sound financial reporting practices that align to industry regulations and legislative requirements. Upon completion of this course, students may be able to go on to complete the Master of Professional Accounting - a qualification that entitles graduates to apply for associate membership with CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Public Accountants.


To be eligible for this course, applicants must:

  • Hold a bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 1.0 out of 4.0; OR
  • Have 8+ years of relevant work experience

Areas of study

  • Financial accounting and business
  • Business and corporations law
  • Financial reporting and regulation
  • Financial decision making
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting from RMIT University.

This postgraduate degree in professional accounting will reflect your advanced understanding of accounting principles, and prepare you to take on more accounting responsibilities in your existing role, or take your career in a completely new direction. For those with industry experience under their belt, but without the qualifications to certify their expertise - this course is the perfect way to gain a postgraduate-level degree, and will open up the possibility of continuing onto a Master of Professional Accounting.

Curious about where a career in accounting could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Accountant
  • Accounts Officer
  • Finance Officer
  • Bank Branch Manager
  • Bookkeeper Assistant
  • Accounts Assistant

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive a FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Find out more information about FEE-HELP here.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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