Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting

Federation University Australia - Federation Business School

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00103D

The Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting has been developed as both an entry point and exit point for the Master of Professional Accounting. The Master of Professional Accounting has been designed for students whose first degree is in a non-accounting field and provides them with a comprehensive program of study in accounting theory and practice that is recognised by both CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, enabling them to pursue a pathway to qualification as a professional accountant. Students will be introduced to related disciplines, including business law, taxation, information systems, economics and quantitative methods. The program is offered via flexible delivery, allowing students to study at the Mt Helen Campus, Gippsland Campus (Churchill), or via online delivery. This program also offers two exit points, the Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting (8 courses) and the Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting (12 courses).


To graduate with this program students need to complete the following courses, totalling 120 credit points. Knowledge Suite - Core Courses BULAW 5914, Commercial Law, BUECO 5903 Business Economics, BUACC 5930 Accounting Concepts and Practices, BUACC 5937 Information System Design and Development for Accountants. Unless students have been granted RPL for four courses, they must complete approved business electives to bring the total course-count to eight. If this is the case, one such elective must be BUGEN5930 (Business, Society and the Planet). Note that BUACC5901 (Accounting and Finance) and BUACC6925 (Financial Policy) are not permitted as elective courses for this program.


  • Professional accounting

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree in a non-accounting discipline. In exceptional circumstances, applicants who do not have a bachelor's degree may be admitted on the basis of relevant work experience, and demonstrated capacity to undertake the program as determined by the school.


This program is recognised by Certified Practising Accountants Australia.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
Mount Helen (Ballarat) International: $28,000 No No information available
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