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Graduate Certificate in Public Accounting

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Certificate

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    Up to 2 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

About this course

The Graduate Certificate in Public Accounting, offered online via the University of New England (UNE), is your essential educational pathway to obtaining full membership of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

If you're an Associate IPA members with a TAFE qualifications and experience, or hold a relevant undergraduate degree, this course will give you the tools to progress your accounting career. You'll learn to identify and address issues, make ethical decisions and communicate effectively within the accounting and finance sectors.

This qualification will equip you with the specialised knowledge necessary for professional practise within the Australian accounting sector. Candidates also have the opportunity to pursue studies towards fulfilling the requirements of the Tax Practitioner Board or the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold an AQF Level 9 master's qualification in a relevant discipline; OR
  • Hold an AQF Level 8 graduate certificate or graduate diploma qualification in a relevant discipline; OR
  • Hold an AQF Level 7 bachelor's qualification in a relevant discipline; OR
  • Hold an AQF Level 6 advanced diploma in a relevant discipline, at least two years' (full-time equivalent) of relevant work experience approved by the course coordinator and provide a resume; OR
  • Have at least five years of relevant work experience, including at least three years in management* and provide a resume and a 500-word essay detailing the following:
    • their most significant experiences or professional achievements to date
    • their long-term objectives and expectations of this award in fulfilling these obligations
    • where they see themselves five years from now
    • why they have the capacity to be admitted to this program without a prior degree and the skills they hold that will enable them to meet the learning outcomes of the course
    • any other information they consider relevant to their admission.

*Management can refer to the management of resources and/or people; relevant work experience will be determined by the course coordinator.

All applicants must also hold a current financial Associate membership of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

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

Core units:

  • Strategic planning and management
  • Professional ethics

Plus two of the following units:

  • Intermediate financial accounting
  • Accounting theory and research
  • Financial planning
  • Financial statement analysis
  • Advanced financial accounting
  • Issues in management accounting
  • Small business finance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Managerial finance
  • Security analysis and portfolio management
  • Fraud prevention and investigation
  • Issues in auditing and professional practice
  • Superannuation and retirement
  • Banking and finance
  • Econometric analysis of financial markets
  • Commercial law: principles of Australian law
  • Legal studies
  • Law of commercial associations
  • Taxation law
  • Advanced taxation law
  • Marketing management
  • Strategic human resource management
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Graduate Certificate in Public Accounting from the University of New England.

This qualification is necessary for those wishing to obtain a full membership of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), one of three legally recognised professional bodies for accountants practising in Australia.

Graduates will possess specialised skills and knowledge relevant to working in the accounting sector or pursuing further accounting studies.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

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

Students must pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

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