Eight months part-time

Advanced standing

Call us to see if you qualify

Study periods

Feb, Apr, July, Sept, Oct, Dec


$2450 per unit, FEE-HELP available




CPA accredited units

Delivery mode

Online or on-campus

Do you have a head for numbers?

Accounting, finance, economics, business and the law. What do they all have in common? Numbers, which are the language of business. If you want to take the next step in your career or transition from your current role into accounting, and you have a head for numbers, a Graduate Certificate in Accounting online can help you make it happen.

Your selection of units can focus your online Graduate Certificate towards the four pillars of accounting: finance, economics, business and law, or you can add a theoretical and managerial spin to your certificate. It’s entirely up to you. Either way, you’ll be studying subjects accredited by CPA Australia, making applying for the CPA Program simpler.

This course is a great way to “test the water”. If you’re new to study or returning after a break, a Graduate Certificate in Accounting online can help build your practical skills, hone your analytical abilities, and grow your confidence. If you find you love it, everything you study can be credited towards progressing to a Graduate Diploma in Accounting.

Career opportunities

With a postgraduate certificate in accounting as part of your arsenal, you might find yourself working in a wide variety of roles, like:

Accounts Officer

As an accounts officer may be responsible for raising and receipting of purchase orders, processing invoices, reconciliation, processing payroll and providing administration support.

Bank Branch Manager

You’ll lead your team to serve customers, process transactions and manage lending applications to help make customers’ dreams a reality.

Finance Officer

Reporting to the Divisional Finance Manager, you will be working within a team who are responsible for producing consolidated financial reports on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis.

Bookkeeping/Accounts Assistant

Reporting to the Accountant your daily duties may include accounts receivable and payable, bank reconciliation and carrying out various office administration duties.

If you want to become a certified accountant, you’ll need to complete further study. Our online Graduate Diploma of Accounting satisfies all CPA foundation units, and provides a clear path to becoming a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) – a professional title that will open doors all over the world.

The good news is, if you undertake a postgraduate certificate in accounting, every subject you study will count towards earning your masters, and set you on the path towards certification recognised the world over.

What you can study

Attended examinations

CPA Australia requires exams to be invigilated. This means that you must be in attendance at an approved examination centre to sit your postgraduate certificate in accounting exams (one per unit).

If you’re within Australia and 120km or more from your nearest exam centre we’ll arrange, with your assistance, a suitable location and supervisor. If you require disability support and adjusted exam arrangements please contact the Disability Support Office by emailing disability@scu.edu.au. Overseas exams can also be arranged; a fee of $200 per exam will apply.

To find out more about the examination process please call us on 1300 589 882.

Entry criteria

To be eligible for entry to the online Graduate Certificate in Accounting, you must:

  • Demonstrated professional standing – either a bachelor’s degree (or a similar qualification) from a university, or have other experience that we regard as equivalent to a degree.
  • Be proficient in English.

Find out more about Rules Relating to Awards and Specific Award Rules.

Learning with SCU Online

Southern Cross University’s Graduate Certificate in Accounting online fits around your work and your lifestyle. Units are delivered by tech-savvy academics via a fresh, smart, collaborative and interactive interface.

  • 100% online and flexible – complete six units a year, or skip a study period if life or work demands your full attention.
  • Student success support – from enquiry to graduation, we are there for you.
  • Networked for success – meet your future colleagues and collaborators.

Find out more about studying online.

This information is correct at time of release and subject to change without notice. Copyright Southern Cross University September 2016.