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Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Certificate

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates

  • Awarded by:

    Swinburne Online (RTO 3059)

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About this course

The business world is dynamic and ruthless, and Swinburne Online aims to help you gain a competitive ledge with this online course. The Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting course teaches you the skills required in a financial or accounting role. You will benefit from the experience of practising accountants, each with their own real-world experience and professional expertise. Throughout the course you will also have contact with industry experts who will be able to answer industry-specific questions and concerns.

Key study areas of this course include accounting principles and their application in accounting reports, information systems and how to evaluate them, business analysis based on statistics, and contract law and its application. The online program is designed to be flexible to meet your industry's needs as well as your own. Whether you want to work in an accountancy, finance or tax position, this course is a key foundation step, teaching you the basic principles and best practices in the key accounting areas. Completion of the course also satisfies one of the requirements for entry into the Master of Professional Accounting.


To gain entry into this course, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed an undergraduate qualification (non-accounting major); OR
  • Complete a statement of purpose

Areas of study

In this accounting course, the subjects you will study include:

  • Accounting principles
  • Accounting information systems
  • Business modelling and analysis
  • Corporations and contract law
RTO 3059
Swinburne Online combines the prestigious name and high-quality education of Swinburne University of Technology with the ease and flexibility of online study. Drawing on over 20 years’ experience in the online tertiary education space, Swinburne Online has already helped over 5,000 students graduate with an industry-recognised qualification. With a range of university degrees and vocational diplomas that cover specialities including education, social sciences, business, design and communication – Swinburne Online is dedicated to helping students achieve their potential.
As a Swinburne Online student, you will have access to variety of support options to help you get the most out of your learning experience. A dedicated team of Student Liaison Officers (SLOs) are available seven days a week to answer any of your questions – be it academic, technical or administrative. You will also be assigned an eLearning advisor for the duration of your course, who will be your academic point of contact.

Career outcomes

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

This course allows you to work in a wide variety of financial roles - from evaluating and communicating the financial position of an organisation to making business decisions. Completion of the course is a pathway to the Master of Professional Accounting, which allows you to work as an accountant.

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 government study loan through FEE HELP. Swinburne Online offers a number of scholarships and grants as a means of promoting equality, recognising excellence, and alleviating financial hardship. Enquire now for more information.

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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