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Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting
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Integrate theoretical and technical knowledge of auditing, finance, economics, quantitative methods, information systems, commercial law, corporation law and tax law. Learn how to solve accounting problems with regulatory frameworks.
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Upon successful completion of this degree you will be able to:
- 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
- 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
- Critically apply theoretical and technical accounting knowledge and skills to solve routine and complex accounting problems in a number of diverse contexts
- Justify and communicate accounting advice and ideas in a number of diverse collaborative contexts involving both accountants and non-accountants
- Seek constructive feedback and reflect on performance to identify and action learning opportunities and self-improvements and initiate this.
This program is not accredited by a professional body. However, some professional bodies off qualification recognition post-graduation on a base by case basis. Students and/or graduates should contact the professional body of interest directly to seek advice on recognition of their degree.
The information below lists professional bodies who may recognise this program and apply some credit towards their professional qualifications.
- Students and graduates eligible to join CPA Australia Network
- Graduates may be eligible for some credit towards the foundation knowledge requirements for the CPA Australia program
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand [CAANZ]
- Graduates may be eligible for some credit towards the entry requirements for the CA program
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants [ACCA]
- Graduate may be eligible for specified credit in the ACCA Qualification program
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants [CIMA]
- Graduates may be eligible for specified credit in the CIMA program
The Association of International Accountants [AIA]
- Graduates may be eligible for specified credit in the AIA qualification programs
Institute of Public Accountants [IPA]
- Students eligible for membership category: Student
- Graduates eligible for membership category: Associate
On completion of this degree you 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 degree.
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.
Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent or higher level qualification in any discipline.
Work and Life
No prior academic qualifications but a minimum of 5 years full-time (FTE) work experience is required. Applicants will be required to submit a CV.
English Proficiency Requirements
For information on English Language Requirements and acceptable English Language tests please see:
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.
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 degree 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 degree 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.
Recommended Study Pattern
The Master of Professional Accounting is comprised of sixteen subjects, however, students who have been admitted into the Master of Professional Accounting will be exempted from the four (4) Business Enabling subjects and should therefore follow the recommended structure below:
- MPAC10 Accounting, Accountability and Society
- MPAC20 Business and Corporations Law
- MPAC70 Financial Decision Making
- MPAC30 Contemporary Financial and Integrated Reporting
- ACCT2280 Strategic Management Control Systems
- ECON1315 Quantitative Methods for Economic Analysis
- ACCT2270 CPA Ethics and Governance
- MPAC110 Assurance and Forensic Accounting
- MPAC50 Accounting Thought and Ethics
- BUSM4449 Business Research Design
- ACCT2230 Accounting for Sustainable Management
- MPAC120 Forensic Accounting
To meet the requirements of the RMIT Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting students must satisfactorily complete 4 compulsory subjects. These are the first 4 subjects (Stage A) in the Master of Professional Accounting.
Students who successfully complete the RMIT Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting may articulate into the Master of Professional Accounting and will be exempted from completing the four (4) Business Enabling subjects and the four (4) discipline subjects completed in the Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting, and will be required to complete a further eight (8) subjects (96 credit points) in order to qualify for the Masters degree.
The Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting is also an early exit point for the Master of Professional Accounting.
Please Note: The following transition arrangements only apply to students in the Master of Professional Accounting and does not affect students in the Graduate Certificate.
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.
Transition rules for students who commenced prior to 2016:
A student who has still to complete both, MPAC60 - Economic Analysis for Business and MPAC80 - Quantitative Methods for Accounting must enrol in ECON1315 - Quantitative Methods for Economic Analysis.
A student who has completed one of, MPAC60 - Economic Analysis for Business and MPAC80 - Quantitative Methods for Accounting cannot enrol in ECON1315 - Quantitative Methods for Economic Analysis.
A student who has completed both, MPAC60 - Economic Analysis for Business and MPAC80 - Quantitative Methods for Accounting must enrol in an elective.
A student who has not completed MPAC40 - Strategic Information Systems and Accounting must enrol in BUSM4449 -Business Research Design.
2016 Replacement Units:
MPAC100 - Strategic Accounting for Management & MPAC40 - Strategic Information Systems and Accounting have bothbeen replaced by ACCT2280 - Strategic Management Control Systems.
MPAC60 Economic Analysis for Business has been replaced by ECON1315 Quantitative Methods for Economic Analysis
MPAC80 Quantitative Methods for Accounting has been replaced by ECON1315 Quantitative Methods for Economic Analysis