This course is ideal for motivated people seeking to develop a career in accounting. Students in this course will begin to develop business and accounting skills in line with requirements from the major Australian professional accounting bodies. Postgraduate students wanting to develop a career in accounting but who do not meet the criteria for the Master of Professional Accounting should consider enrolling in this course.
Students who successfully complete this course will be allowed to enrol in the Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting, and will receive credit for the units completed in the Graduate Certificate.
Students who have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting have made the first steps on the way to a successful accounting career. It is recommended that graduates of this course enrol in the Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting and continue to progress their accounting career.
|Duration||0.5 years full-time or 1 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||24|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 8 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 8, 16, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Postgraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||GradCertProfAcct|
|AQF Level||Level 8: Graduate Certificate|
To gain entry to this course, students must have:
- An undergraduate degree in any discipline from an Australian university; or
- A qualification from an overseas institution or organisation assessed as being equivalent to the above by the professional bodies that accredit this course of study, or
- a recognised diploma and two years relevant business experience, or
- A minimum of five years of relevant accounting experience, or
- A minimum of ten years of relevant business experience.
Relevant business experience is considered to be any experience in the conduct or administration of a business enterprise.
There are no recommended study requirements.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
|Professional Accreditation||Not applicable|
|Learned Society Accreditation||Not applicable|
No Residential School for this course.
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|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have specialised knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area|
|2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review,analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas|
|4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice|
|5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts|
|6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences|
|7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters|
Work Experience Definitions
Managerial or professional work experience must have included direct, personal involvement in decision-making responsibility in a range of areas such as budgeting, marketing, HRM, staffing, project management, financial management, process management, or other relevant professional experience.