Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting
Prepare for further study in accounting
This introductory course will teach you the basics of accounting and help you work towards membership with Australia's professional accounting bodies. You'll cover crucial areas like economics, financial management, accounting systems and reports.
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Australia’s fourth oldest university, the University of Tasmania, is highly regarded internationally for teaching and academic excellence. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and more than 50 postgraduate programs across a range of disciplines. The university offers students a diverse range of opportunities, the chance to learn from leading experts, and excellent preparation for their future careers.
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Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Evaluate accounting concepts and financial management strategies and apply them to real world business problems, while using a sustainable business model lens.
- Justify business ideas in multiple contexts using effective oral and written communication techniques with professionals.
- Analyse business performance and impacts, and make recommendations to decision makers.
- Demonstrate collaboration, cooperation and teamwork when working with people from diverse backgrounds.
The subjects in this course form part of the C7S Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) and, once the MPA is completed, and depending on the qualifications of the applicant on entry, it is the first part of a pathway for students to qualify for membership of Professional Accounting bodies, including CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand. Students are then able to pursue professional year studies with these bodies.
Completed AQF7 bachelor’s degree or above, or equivalent#, in a non-accounting discipline;
If applicant has already obtained an Australian qualification (onshore, by distance or on an offshore campus) with an accounting major please do not offer for this course. If 6-8 specific Accounting subjects and no major are listed – check Senior Admissions Officer before referring to College.
If applicant has an overseas qualification with an accounting major, an offer can still be made but please add the following in the offer letter:
“The Professional Accounting suite of courses are designed for applicants who have no accounting qualifications – at any level. The Master of Professional Accounting, which this course articulates to, provides a basic accounting qualification, designed as a conversion course for people who have degrees in areas other than accounting and now wish to change careers. Hence, it is based on providing knowledge to students with no understanding of accounting. If you already have a qualification in accounting you may wish to change your course preference. Please note that the Master of Professional Accounting also does not lead into a research degree, such as a PhD.”
# An approved equivalent from an overseas institution is as assessed by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR).
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Qualifications, relevant work experience or other special circumstances, as approved by the Executive Dean or delegated authority. Refer all applications to UTAS.
The University of Tasmania grants credit and recognition of prior learning that may include formal and/or informal prior learning. More information is available here.
Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting (GCPA) will provide students with a solid foundation in accounting practice and can be built on through further studies to achieve the level of competency required to become a fully accredited accountant. Upon successful completion of this course, you are eligible to enrol in the Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting
The GCPA provides you with an opportunity to understand accounting and business concepts and apply them in real business settings while applying the sustainable business model approach. You also will learn to present and justify business ideas in multiple contexts to a wide range of audiences using professional communication skills.
Recommended Study Pattern
For students undertaking full-time study the following study pattern is recommended.
Completion of 4 core subjects from the schedule below:
- TAS-BEA603 Statistical and Economic Analysis for Decision Making
- TAS-BFA503 Principles of Financial Management
- TAS-BFA507 Accounting and Accountability for Decision Making
- TAS-BFA601 Business and Corporate Law in Practice
Satisfactory completion of 4 subjects, as required in the schedule, within 0.5-2 years from commencement.
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