University of Technology Sydney

C11206v3 Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting (GradCertProfAcc)
CRICOS code: 061284M
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information


The Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting is a four-subject introductory course designed to provide a general understanding of accounting and related areas of business study. It provides foundation knowledge in the areas of accounting, finance, economics and law.

This course is designed for students who:

  • do not have an undergraduate background in accounting and wish to further their business knowledge
  • have extensive business experience but lack the formal qualifications for direct entry to the master's programs in professional accounting, or
  • want to complete an introductory course in accounting and related fields, and want to prove their ability to undertake postgraduate study and attain a postgraduate qualification.

As this course articulates into the master's programs in professional accounting, this enables students who do not possess formal undergraduate qualifications, including TAFE diplomas, to acquire the relevant academic qualification for membership of CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

Course aims

The course comprises a mix of accounting, finance and related subjects which collectively provide a range of business skills and knowledge which are essential for managerial-level employment in today's dynamic business environment.

Career options

Career options include management-level positions in industry, government, or not-for-profit organisations.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Appraise and apply forward-thinking Accounting strategies in order to facilitate management decision making
2.1 Evaluate implications of alternative accounting models and strategies for relevant business situations
2.2 Use creative problem-solving processes to address business issues
3.1 Use effective written communication skills appropriate for working at a junior level in the Accounting sector
3.2 Use oral communication appropriate to working at a junior level in the Accounting sector to convey information clearly and fluently
4.1 Demonstrate knowledge of ethical and social responsibilities and a show personal autonomy necessary for professional accounting practice
4.2 Demonstrate knowledge of sustainability principles relevant to decisions in professional accounting practice
5.1 Apply technical skills necessary to operate competently in professional accounting practice
5.2 Complete a research-based or professionally focused project

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

All applicants who do not meet the academic requirement may still be considered on the basis of:

• a minimum of at least four years' full time, or equivalent, relevant work experience.

The relevant work experience must be demonstrated through a C.V. and a Statement of Service confirming the dates of employment, and the position held within the organisation.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course may be completed in one session of full-time or one year of part-time study.

Classes are offered over three teaching periods each year (namely Autumn, Spring and Summer sessions). Not all subjects are available in Summer session.

In most cases, subjects are offered on the basis of one three-hour lecture per week over a 13-week period, however, certain subjects may be delivered in intensive mode and completed over a shorter time period.

Course structure

The course totals 24 credit points, made up of four core subjects.

Course completion requirements

22747 Accounting for Managerial Decisions 6cp
25742 Financial Management 6cp
79708 Contemporary Business Law 6cp
23706 Economics for Management 6cp
Total 24cp

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting, the Master of Professional Accounting (C04238), and the Master of Professional Accounting (Extension) (C04237).

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Business School on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
Business (Postgraduate)