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Study accounting 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
|PROGRAMME||LEVEL||DURATION||CAREER OPTIONS||START DATES|
|New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)||3||Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available||This programme prepares you for further study at certificate or diploma level.||February or July (depending on NZQA approval)|
|New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business)||4||Full-time.||Small business owner||Starts February and July (depending on NZQA approval)|
|New Zealand Diploma in Business - Accounting||6||Full-time for two years or part-time options available||Accounts payable/receivable administrator, Assistant accountant, Business administrator, Credit manager, Office manager, Payroll administrator||Starts February or July, Summer School also available|
|New Zealand Diploma in Business||6||Full-time for two years or part-time options available||Assistant accountant, Bank customer services officer, Business administrator, Credit controller, Office manager, Payroll administrator, Recruitment manager||Starts February or July. Summer School also available.|
|Bachelor of Business (Accountancy)||7||Full-time for three years or part-time options available||Financial accountant, Chief financial officer, Management accountant, Chartered accountant, Taxation consultant, Systems accountant, Business analyst, Audit manager||February or July|
|Bachelor of Business (Finance)||7||Full-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||Starts February or July. Summer School also available|
|Graduate Certificate in Professional Accountancy||7||Full-time for a minimum of one semester or part-time options available||Auditor, Business adviser, Chartered accountant, Chief financial officer, Divisional accountant, Financial accountant, Financial controller, Management accountant, Tax consultant||Starts February or July|
|Graduate Diploma in Professional Accountancy||7||Full-time for a minimum of one year or part-time options available||Auditor, Business adviser, Chartered accountant, Divisional accountant, Financial accountant, Financial controller, Chief financial officer, Management accountant, Tax consultant||Starts February or July|
|Master of Applied Practice (Professional Accounting)||9||Full-time for 18 months or part-time for two to six years.||Assistant accountant, Intermediate accountant, Accounting technician, Provides a pathway to becoming a Chartered Accountant (CA or CPA)||February and August|
|Master of Business||9||Full-time for two years or part-time options available||Human resources manager, Marketing manager, Business Management||Starts February or July|
To find out more about accounting careers visit:
Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CA ANZ), Association of Charted Professional Accountants (ACCA), CPA Australia.
Want to be an accountant?
- If you choose the right courses, the Bachelor of Business (Accounting) meets the academic requirements for CA ANZ and ACCA professional pathways, or
- If you already have an undergraduate degree in a non-accounting field, the Masters of Applied Practice (Professional Accounting) meets the academic requirements for membership into CA ANZ and CPA Australia.
- You can progress to the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accountancy for advanced technical requirements.
- Take advantage of CPA Australia, ACCA and CA ANZ 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 CA ANZ 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.
The New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA), CPA Australia, and ACCA 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 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. Industry Based Learning also gives you the opportunity to make an impression – and contacts. Some of our host organisations have offered permanent jobs to their placement students.