VET study in accounting

Courses and specialisations

Accounting is a very broad field in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. Courses available include certificate IV, diplomas and advanced diplomas in accounting. In addition to these courses in accounting, which prepare students for roles supporting professional accountants, many other VET courses are available in related areas such as accounts administration, banking services, bookkeeping and financial services.

The most important thing to keep in mind when selecting a course is that a VET qualification in accounting will not allow you to work as an accountant. VET qualifications are lower-level qualifications than bachelor degrees, and they provide entry into a variety of ˜paraprofessional ™ roles that support professional accountants. If you want to work as an accountant, you must complete an accredited bachelor degree in accounting (see Undergraduate study in accounting). VET courses can provide a good pathway to undergraduate accounting degrees. You may choose to complete a VET qualification in accounting before progressing to a bachelor degree, for example.

Applicants must meet academic and English language requirements, which vary between courses, institutions and qualification levels. Subject prerequisites may apply, including the completion of mathematics subjects in secondary school. For more information about VET courses and entry requirements, see Vocational Education.

Where to study

VET qualifications in accounting can be studied in many locations around Australia at TAFE institutes, private colleges and universities with TAFE departments. If you are considering progressing to an undergraduate accounting degree after completing a VET qualification, enquire with institutions about their pathway schemes to see whether you will be awarded credit for your studies.

The course you choose will generally depend on your area of interest (accounting or bookkeeping, for example). Since practical experience is an important aspect of many of the courses in this field, it is important to check that the courses and institutions you are considering have good contacts with industry and are able to assist students to find work experience placements.

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