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Study accountanting and you’ll develop a sound understanding of the business principles that help companies reach their financial goals. A typical day on the job could see you preparing income statements and researching ways to reduce expenses, to reviewing accounting systems and overseeing the company’s financial transactions. 

Unitec’s accounting and finance training courses teach you how to prepare financial statements, manage tax payments and cash flow and provide input into the strategic planning process. You’ll also learn how to operate financial systems and provide advice on growing a client business. In fact, our accounting qualifications are a priceless foundation in economics, marketing and business management practices. 

Study is flexible, with opportunities for industry based learning and double majors in both finance and accounting. Practical assignments and industry-experienced lecturers will also give you a solid base to launch your professional accounting career from.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
PROGRAMMELEVELDURATIONCAREER OPTIONS
Diploma in Professional Accountancy6Full-time for a minimum of one year or part-time options availableAuditor, Business adviser, Financial accountant, Financial controller, Chief financial officer, Management accountant, Divisional accountant, Tax consultant, Chartered accountant
New Zealand Diploma in Business - Accounting6Full-time for two years or part-time options availableAccounts payable/receivable administrator, Assistant accountant, Business administrator, Credit manager, Office manager, Payroll administrator
New Zealand Diploma in Business6Full-time for two years or part-time options availableAssistant accountant, Bank customer services officer, Business administrator, Credit controller, Office manager, Payroll administrator, Recruitment manager
Bachelor of Business (Accountancy)7Full-time for three years or part-time options availableFinancial accountant, Chief financial officer, Management accountant, Chartered accountant, Taxation consultant, Systems accountant, Business analyst, Audit manager
Bachelor of Business (Finance)7Full-time for three years or part-time options available
Business analyst, Finance manager, Financial analyst, Financial planner, Investment analyst, Investment banker, Risk manager, Working capital manager
Graduate Certificate in Professional Accountancy7Full-time for a minimum of one semester or part-time options availableAuditor, Business adviser, Chartered accountant, Chief financial officer, Divisional accountant, Financial accountant, Financial controller, Management accountant, Tax consultant
Graduate Diploma in Professional Accountancy7Full-time for a minimum of one year or part-time options availableAuditor, Business adviser, Chartered accountant, Divisional accountant, Financial accountant, Financial controller, Chief financial officer, Management accountant, Tax consultant

Career paths

To find out more about accounting careers visit: www.nzica.co.nzwww.cpaaustralia.com.auwww.accaglobal.com. For more info on salaries for accounting graduates, check out www.nzica.co.nz/flyhigher.

Want to be an accountant?

  • If you choose the right courses, the Bachelor of Business (Accounting) meets the academic requirements for NZICA's CA and ACA professional pathways.
  • You can progress to the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accountancy for advanced technical requirements.
  • Take advantage of CPA Australia, NZICA and ACCA accreditation agreements.
  • Join an approved training organisation (ATE).

To qualify as an accounting technician you should:

  • successfully complete the New Zealand Diploma in Business accounting option; and
  • have two years' relevant professional experience; and
  • pass the NZICA Foundations Programme.

Other pathway options:

  • The New Zealand Diploma in Business courses can be cross-credited to the Bachelor of Business.
  • Up to 180 credits can be achieved towards the Bachelor of Business.
  • The Bachelor of Business opens doors for other professional pathways.

Industry connections

The New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA), CPA Australia, ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) are all on our frequent caller list. For you this means qualifications that are recognised by industry and reflect current industry practice. In other words, what you learn will be relevant for your accounting and finance career, wherever it might take you.

Industry based learning

Unitec is committed to making sure our graduates add value to the organisations they join. One way we do this is through Industry Based Learning (IBL) in our accounting qualifications and finance training courses. IBL forms part of your final year of study, and gives you the chance to put what you've learnt into practice at a host organisation.

It's a hugely valuable experience: you’ll develop relevant industry skills and knowledge, confidence, and self-discipline. IBL also gives you the opportunity to make an impression – and contacts. Some of our host organisations have offered permanent jobs to their placement students.