GC119 - Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting

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Plan: GC119 - Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting
Award abbreviation: GradCertProfAcc
Total credit points: 48
Career: PGRD
Duration: 0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Location: Melbourne City campus
Owning school: Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain (665H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/accounting-information-systems-and-supply-chain
ASCED code: 080101
CRICOS code: 084995A

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Purpose of the Program

The Graduate Certificate in Accounting is a stand-alone award that offers a pathway for further learning leading to the Master of Professional Accounting, or can be an early exit point for those enrolled in the Master of Professional Accounting.  The program aims to broaden knowledge and skills for students entering with a qualification in an unrelated discipline, while students from a related discipline will deepen their existing knowledge and skills. 

The program provides you with practical and theoretical knowledge, skills and expertise to become a literate and analytical practitioner in accounting. This program is designed for graduates of non-accounting disciplines who wish to broaden their career prospects.  The Graduate Certificate in Accounting aims to develop essential knowledge and skills in core areas of accounting and business with an appreciation of the social, environmental, cultural and ethical issues impacting on contemporary business environments.

You will experience a variety of learning experiences which may include: lectures and tutorials, assignments, presentations and collaborative projects.  Assessment includes formal examinations, written assignments, both on an individual, and group basis, in-class tests evaluations of case studies and completion of projects.

Graduates may gain employment in various sectors including public accounting practice, commercial and government organisations and in a wide range of roles.

This program will be delivered on-campus.

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Articulation and pathways

1. Students who successfully complete the RMIT Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting will articulate into the Master of Professional Accounting and will be exempted from completing the four (4) discipline courses completed in the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting, and will be required to complete an additional twelve (12) courses (144 credit points) in order to qualify for the degree.

2. GC119 Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting is also an exit award for the Master of Professional Accounting. It is available to students upon successful completion of the four (4) courses (48 credit points) specified in the program structure.

Credit outside of the above arrangements will be assessed consistently with the RMIT University credit policy and procedures. If you wish to apply for a credit transfer/RPL, please refer to Apply for credit.

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Entrance requirements

Academic Entrance requirements 

Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent or higher level qualification in any discipline.

Alternate Entry

No prior academic qualifications but a minimum of 5 years full-time equivalent (FTE) work experience is required. Applicants will be required to submit a CV and personal statement that outlines relevant work experience.

Entrance requirements for international onshore applicants

All non-Australian residents and overseas full-fee paying students are required to meet RMIT English language requirements. For more information on these requirements and acceptable English Language tests please see www.rmit.edu.au/study-with-us/international-students/apply-to-rmit-international-students/entry-requirements/english-requirements/recognised-qualifications.

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External accreditation and industry links

This program is not accredited by professional bodies. However, some professional bodies may offer qualifcation recognition post-graduation on a case by case basis. Students and/or graduates should contact the professional body of interest directly to seek advice on the recognition of their qualification.

The table below lists the professional bodies who may offer membership to students and/or graduates as a career enabler which could include opportunities for networking and access to discipline specific resources. Application for membership is the student's/graduate's responsibility.

Professional Body Membership and Opportunities

CPA Australia


  • Students and graduates eligible to join the CPA Australia Network 

Institute of Public Accountants [IPA]


  • Students eligible for membership category: Student
  • Graduates eligible to apply for IPA program
  • Graduates eligible for membership category: Associate or Graduate Associate

An extensive network of industry links supports this program. Business practitioners, lecturers from industry, guest speakers and industry-relevant projects underpin the work integrated learning components of this program. An advisory board ensures current standards and practice are reflected in this program.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study space. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases. Computers, printers and group study rooms are available at each Melbourne Library location. You can access the Internet and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library. Contact Ask the Library for assistance and further information www.rmit.edu.au/library.

Study Support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, maths and study skills.

Online learning tools and content

As a student in this program, you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal www.rmit.edu.au/students.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. Services are available face to face and online assisting with: 

  • transition to tertiary study and learning 
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant 
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning 
  • career development and employment 
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters) 
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad. 

We also offer a dedicated support service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students/support-services/indigenous.

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