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Graduate Certificate in Professional Accountancy

Do you have areas you wish to target to improve your accounting knowledge and skills? The Graduate Certificate in Professional Accountancy offers advanced accounting courses designed to develop your technical capabilities.

60 (0.5 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Full-time for a minimum of one semester or part-time options available

Programme overview

The knowledge you gain from this programme will help you work towards a professional accounting body membership and improve your accounting technical skills and knowledge. You can choose your area of study from financial and management accounting, auditing, taxation, business finance or risk management, and take your career to the next level.


  • Develop technical accounting skills and knowledge to an advanced level.
  • Work toward the academic requirements for professional body membership such as CA ANZ, CPA Australia and ACCA.
  • A focus on application of technical skills for business practice.
  • Flexible study options - day clases and night classes available.

Professional body membership

This programme enables you to work towards achieving the academic requirements for professional body membership (CA ANZ, ACCA, CPA Australia). To reach this goal, you will need to ensure you carefully select the courses required for the relevant professional body's membership.

To find out more about professional body membership visit:


Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. A recognised degree, a professional qualification in a relevant discipline or the ability to demonstrate competencies equivalent to the above
2. A minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing) 
3. If English is your second language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2019; please check back again soon.

Courses Credits Aim
Advanced Financial Accounting (ACTY7201) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to critically examine accounting theories, current financial accounting issues and apply advanced financial accounting techniques.
Advanced Auditing (ACTY7209) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with an understanding of the role and practice of external auditing of financial statements.
Advanced Taxation (ACTY7210) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to critically examine contemporary taxation issues affecting the New Zealand business environment.
Advanced Management Accounting (ACTY7212) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to critically evaluate those management accounting techniques that contribute to business strategy and enhance organisational performance.
Advanced Business Finance (ACTY7290) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the students to apply advanced analysis of financial decision-making at the business level and discuss recent developments in the field of business finance.
Financial Statement Analysis (ACTY7292) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with advanced analytical skills in using a company’s financial statements to understand its past, present and future performance and assess its current value.
Financial Risk Management (ACTY7295) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To examine the theoretical and practical aspects of financial risk management with an emphasis on the effective use of derivatives, including futures, swaps, options and other financial instruments.
International Finance (ACTY7299) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To critically examine the impact of international trade and investment in the business environment.





The 'Key Information for Students' below does not reflect any international student information.

Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.

Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirementsInfo Icon: A recognised degree, a professional qualification in a relevant discipline or the ability to demonstrate equivalent competencies and English language requirements or relevant and equivalent qualifications, special and discretionary admission also accepted.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.


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Tuition Fees


Total Qualification

Student fees:  $2,956Info Icon $2,956Info Icon
Government tuition subsidy:  $3,068Info Icon $3,068Info Icon
Total: $6,024Info Icon $6,024Info Icon

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings $55,502Info Icon
Earnings range $46,125 - $64,730Info Icon
In employment 87%Info Icon
In further study 3%Info Icon
On a benefit 1%Info Icon

Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.