What will I learn?

This course, accredited by CPA Australia and ACCA Global (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), is suitable if you wish to upgrade your accounting knowledge to further your career in commerce, government, industry or public practice. The Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting is nested within this graduate diploma.

In addition to the topics covered in the graduate certificate – such as cost behaviour and financial accounting – you’ll study Australian tax law, corporate accounting, date analytics, microeconomics and macroeconomics in an international context.

It is the perfect opportunity for you to sample the accounting discipline in depth before you decide whether to commence Curtin’s Master of Commerce (Professional Accounting).

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by CPA Australia. With successful completion of the course, you will be eligible for associate membership of CPA Australia.

Career information

Graduates generally find employment with private and public organisations nationally and internationally.

What you'll learn

Apply principles of accounting, economics, information systems, statistics, law and social sciences as they relate to reporting business activity.
Critically analyse issues in collection, recording and reporting of economic activity to enable the development of accounting information systems giving cost effective decision useful information.
Locate, extract and critically appraise decision useful information related to economic activity from sources within an organisation and from external sources.
Relate the significance of commercial events and issues to the business and investing community using effectively structured financial communication and appropriate language.
Use electronic resources to effectively interrogate databases, analyse data, collect information and communicate.
Take responsibility for self directed learning and the development of a career long attitude of continuing professional development.
Recognise the global nature of accounting by applying international financial reporting standards and appreciate the information requirements of a global financial system.
Demonstrate an understanding that cultural practices and differences impact commercial practices and interpersonal relations.
Apply an ethical approach to analysing and reporting commercial activities; advising clients; demonstrate leadership and the ability to delegate tasks to ensure timely outcomes; Work independently and in teams to achieve agreed outcomes.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Business and Law



Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$31,600.00 (US$ 20,638) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

3 August 2020, 1 March 2021, 26 July 2021


Curtin University

Bentley Campus,

Kent Street,


Western Australia,

6102, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must Completed a bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognized tertiary institution. Some courses may require a relevant work experience. English Language Requirements: IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking - 6.0; Overall band score 6.5; TOEFL Score: 79 (overall); Reading 13; Listening 13; Speaking 18; Writing 21; Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE-A) 58, Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing - 50; C1 Advanced (CAE) - 176 with 169 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

For international students

A bachelor degree, graduate certificate or equivalent.

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C; and Pearson Test of English Academic: 60. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking - 6.0; Overall band score 6.5; TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 79 (overall) Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21.

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About this uni

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019.

  • Top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2019)
  • Partnerships with 130+ education institutions worldwide
  • A truly global university, with international campuses
  • Offers a range of internationally recognised courses