Qualification Level



1 year full time or equivalent part time

Start Date

Mar, Jul, Nov



Take the next step

Take the next step towards a career in accountancy with a Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting. 

Taught by practising accountants, a graduate certificate in accounting gives you the skills you need to work in a broad range of financial roles. You'll learn to evaluate, analyse and communicate the financial position of an organisation, as well as guide investment decisions and identify opportunities. Once you graduate, you will be eligible to apply for the Master of Professional Accounting, which is recognised by CPA Australia and will qualify you to work as an accountant.

Career opportunities

Accounts Officer

Analyse the financial activities and maintain the growth targets of a business.

Finance Administrator

Manage the accounts, budgets and financial objectives of an organisation. 

Further study in accounting can lead to a range of careers, including:

Tax Accountant

Prepare financial statements and income tax returns for clients.

Company Accountant

Provide financial, compliance and strategic support to a business. 

Learning at Swinburne Online

Designed by accountants,
for accountants

The Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting is an accredited qualification taught by practicing accountants, from a university ranked among the top 3% in the world. Whether you have an undergraduate degree or prior workplace experience, this course has been designed specifically to help you further your business knowledge and progress your career. It also provides a pathway into our industry recognised Master of Professional Accounting.

A community of professionals

At Swinburne Online, you will form part of an online community of switched-on business students. You’ll learn from accounting professionals, gain insights into areas of business you may not be familiar with, and form a valuable industry network. The connections you make could lead to your next career, or business venture.

A unique learning experience

We know many of our students are already working, so we have created a degree that can fit around your professional life. The flexibility of online study means you don’t have to put your career on hold to progress in your field. You’ll work on real-life scenarios, and develop practical skills and techniques you can apply straight away.

What you will learn

  • Accounting Principles

    Explore the main accounting principles and learn how to interpret accounting reports.

  • Information Systems

    Examine and evaluate both manual and computer-based accounting information systems.

  • Business Analysis

    Apply statistical analysis tools to business problems.

  • Contract Law

    Gain an understanding of how companies employ contracts in today’s economy.

Support and assistance

Everyone has questions from time to time. That’s why we have a dedicated team of tutors and support staff on-call to help you, seven days a week. So whether you need help with analysing financial statements or have a technical issue, there’s always someone you can talk to.

Course units

Entry criteria

To gain entry into this course, applicants need to meet the following entry criteria:

  • Have completed an undergraduate
    (non-accounting major)

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