Graduate Certificate in Public Accounting

Why study the Graduate Certificate in Public Accounting at UNE?

The Graduate Certificate in Public Accounting represents the professional educational requirements needed to obtain full membership of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). It is designed for Associate IPA members with an Advanced Diploma of Accounting and relevant work experience or those with a relevant undergraduate degree.

Applicants have the opportunity to undertake studies toward the education requirements of the Tax Practitioner Board or ASIC.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

Up to 2 years Part-time

FEES

Full Fee
International

2017 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 3, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation GradCertPubAcc
Course Type Postgraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Off Campus
Course Duration
  • Up to 2 years Part-time
Fees Full Fee / International
Total Credit Points 24
How to Apply

All students must be members of the Institute of Public Accountants.

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Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

hold current financial Associate membership of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA); and

(a) have an AQF Level 9 Masters qualification in a relevant discipline*; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma qualification in a relevant discipline*; or

(c) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a relevant discipline*; or

(d) hold an AQF Level 6 Advanced Diploma in a relevant discipline* and at least two years (full time equivalent) of relevant work experience** approved by the course coordinator; or

(e) have at least five years of relevant work experience**.

Candidates applying for admission under rules (d) and (e) must submit two referee reports from employers or senior colleagues and a resume.

*Relevant discipline: Accounting

**Relevant work experience: Accountancy or as approved by the course coordinator.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) shall be granted a maximum of 12 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

Candidates admitted under rules (b), (c), (d) and (e) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing. The maximum advanced standing shall be for units counting 12 credit points which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by UNE and approved for the course.

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Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall hold current financial Associate membership of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA);and
(a) hold an AQF Level 9 Masters qualification in a relevant discipline*; or
(b) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma qualification in a relevant discipline*; or
(c) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a relevant discipline*; or
(d) hold an AQF Level 6 Advanced Diploma in a relevant discipline* and at least two years (full-time equivalent) of relevant work experience** approved by the course coordinator; or
(e) have at least five years of relevant work experience**.

Candidates applying for admission under Rules (d) and (e) must submit two referee reports from employers or senior colleagues and a resume.

*Relevant discipline: Accounting
**Relevant work experience: Accountancy or as approved by the course coordinator.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) shall be granted a maximum of 12 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

Candidates admitted unmder Rules (b), (c), (d) and (e) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing. The maximum advanced standing shall be for units counting 12 credit points which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by UNE and approved for the course.

Period of Candidature

For candidates admitted under Rule (a) the period of candidature shall be up to one year as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rules (b), (c), (d) and (e), the period of candidature shall be up to two years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 24 credit points with at least 18 credit points at 400-level and not more than 6 credit points at 500-level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete the program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

For candidates admitted under Rule (a)

Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 12 cps
Core Units 12 cps
Total 24 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rules (b), (c), (d) or (e)

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 12 cps
Listed Units 12 cps
Total 24 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Public Accounting.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Procedures.

Course Aims

The Graduate Certificate in Public Accounting represents the professional educational requirements needed to obtain full membership of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). It is designed for TAFE qualified Associate IPA members.

Candidates have the opportunity to undertake studies toward the education requirements of the Tax Practitioner Board or ASIC.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. integrate theoretical and technical knowledge to demonstrate the ability to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within business contexts;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the importance of making ethical decisions on issues relevant to accounting and demonstrate clear knowledge of the responsibilities and accountabilities for decisions and their implementation; and
  3. communicate effectively with accountants, non-accounting professionals and clients with varied backgrounds.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Demonstrate specialised knowledge within the accounting discipline suitable for professional practice and for progression to further study in the accounting discipline. Demonstrate an awareness of the global and international developments within the accounting discipline, including international regulatory frameworks.

Communication Skills

Communicate to a range of stakeholders using appropriate methods to present technical information and build rapport, whilst recognising the particular importance of adequate disclosure of information and transparency in the accounting profession.

Problem Solving

Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to a range of problems; identify critical issues in the discipline or professional area; conceptualise problems and formulate a range of solutions that are appropriate to the national or cultural context of the problem; collect, collate and analyse relevant information to assist problem-solving.

Information Literacy

Recognise the need for information and the nature and extent of information needed; collect information effectively and efficiently; critically evaluate information; use appropriate technology, methods and techniques to collect and evaluate information; and present information in formats relevant to the accounting discipline.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and importance of the integrity and professional ethics in the accounting discipline, including an awareness of relevant professional codes of conduct, strategies to identify and deal with unethical behaviour and of their professional responsibility towards clients and the community as a whole.

Lifelong Learning

Reflect on limitations of, and have the capacity to evaluate their current knowledge; identify, evaluate and implement personal learning strategies for lifelong personal and professional development; practise critical thinking; learn both independently and cooperatively; learn new skills and apply learning to new and unexpected situations; recognise opportunities for further learning in both familiar and unfamiliar national or cultural settings.

Independence and Collaboration

Work in a team or collaboratively within a multidisciplinary group to achieve common goals and to solve problems; contribute specialist knowledge as required; take responsibility and carry out agreed tasks; take initiative and lead others; operate in a range of supportive roles within teams; negotiate, assert their own values and respect the values and contributions of others; and evaluate team performance. Graduates also become aware of the multicultural environment, acting with dignity and showing respect to the fellow members of the group.

How to Apply

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All students must be members of the Institute of Public Accountants.

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