Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting - 2016

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

The 2017 course information for this course is now available. View 2017 course details.

Course summary

Course summary - 2016

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Certificate
Number of units: 4 units to complete
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The Graduate Certificate in Accounting is a stand-alone award that offers a pathway for further learning leading to the Master of Professional Accounting, or can be an early exit point for those enrolled in the Master of Professional Accounting.  The course aims to broaden knowledge and skills for students entering with a qualification in an unrelated discipline, while students from a related discipline will deepen their existing knowledge and skills. 

The course provides you with practical and theoretical knowledge, skills and expertise to become a literate and analytical practitioner in accounting. This course is designed for graduates of non-accounting disciplines who wish to broaden their career prospects.  The Graduate Certificate in Accounting aims to develop essential knowledge and skills in core areas of accounting and business with an appreciation of the social, environmental, cultural and ethical issues impacting on contemporary business environments.

You will experience a variety of learning experiences which may include: lectures and tutorials, assignments, presentations and collaborative projects.  Assessment includes formal examinations, written assignments, both on an individual, and group basis, in-class tests evaluations of case studies and completion of projects.

Graduates may gain employment in various sectors including public accounting practice, commercial and government organisations and in a wide range of roles.

On completion of this courseyou will have developed the capabilities to work as an accountant in a range of diverse organisations. You will further develop the skills and knowledge from your undergraduate studies throughout this course.

Your knowledge and skills to apply technical accounting and theories to accounting problems and make logical judgements will be developed through the study of a broad range of business disciplines and a specialised accounting major. You will develop your knowledge, application, judgment and communication in the accounting discipline within a broad business context. 

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to :

  1. Integrate theoretical and technical accounting knowledge which includes a selection of auditing and assurance, finance, economics, quantitative methods, information systems, commercial law, corporation law and taxation law.
  2. Exercise judgement under supervision to solve routine and complex accounting problems in a number of diverse contexts using social, ethical, economic, regulatory and global perspectives.
  3. Critically apply theoretical and technical accounting knowledge and skills to solve routine and complex accounting problems in a number of diverse contexts.
  4. Justify and communicate accounting advice and ideas in a number of diverse collaborative contexts involving both accountants and non-accountants.
  5. Seek constructive feedback and reflect on performance to identify and action learning opportunities and self-improvements and initiate this

Successful completion of the Master of Professional Accounting entitles graduates to apply for associate membership of CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Institute of Public Accountants.

http://www.cpaaustralia.com.au
http://www.charteredaccountants.com.au

http://www.publicaccountants.org.au

Business practitioners, lecturers from industry, guest speakers and industry-relevant projects underpin the work integrated learning components of this program. An industry advisory board ensures current standards and practice are reflected in this program.

Academic Entrance requirements
Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent or higher level qualification in any discipline except Accounting

Alternate entry
No prior academic qualifications but significant work experience (8-10 years)
 

English Language Requirements:

For information on English Language Requirements and acceptable English Language tests please see:

www.rmit.edu.au/international/english-equivalent

To qualify for the RMIT Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting students must complete 4 compulsory units.

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting is an early exit point for the Master of Professional Accounting.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Accounting, Accountability and Society
MPAC10 RMIT Sess 1 Sess 2 Sess 3
Business & Corporations Law
MPAC20 RMIT Sess 1 - -
Contemporary Financial and Integrated Reporting
MPAC30 RMIT - Sess 2 -
Financial Decision Making
MPAC70 RMIT Sess 1 - -

Subject to successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting, students will be admitted into the Master of Professional Accounting.

Credits and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT University's Credit Policy.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

The Master of Professional Accounting has undergone a major change. All students beginning their studies from 2016 will need to study the new course structure.

Students who commenced the MPA course prior to 2016 must follow the basic transition rules below:

1. A student who has still to complete both, Economic Analysis for Business and Quantitative Methods for Accounting must enrol in Quantitative Methods for Economic Analysis.

2. A student who has completed one of, Economic Analysis for Business and Quantitative Methods for Accounting cannot enrol in Quantitative Methods for Economic Analysis.

3. A student who has completed both, Economic Analysis for Business and Quantitative Methods for Accounting must enrol in an elective.

4. A student who has not completed Strategic Information Systems and Accounting must enrol in Business Research Design.

EQUIVALENT UNITS:

Prior to 2016

Replacement Unit from Session 1, 2016

MPAC100 Strategic Accounting for Management

ACCT2280 Strategic Management Control Systems

MPAC40 Strategic Information Systems and Accounting

ACCT2280 Strategic Management Control Systems

MPAC60 Economic Analysis for Business

ECON1315 Quantitative Methods for Economic Analysis

MPAC80 Quantitative Methods for Accounting

ECON1315 Quantitative Methods for Economic Analysis

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