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Graduate Diploma in Professional Accountancy

This is an advanced accounting programme for accounting graduates working towards the academic requirements for professional body membership. It is relevant for students with overseas degrees in accounting wanting to get a New Zealand qualification and practical experience, and for those wishing to move into accounting from a related discipline.

120 (1.0 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Full-time for a minimum of one year or part-time options available

Programme overview

Are you an accounting graduate working towards the academic requirements for professional body membership? Do you have a New Zealand business degree or equivalent overseas qualification and would like to become an accountant?

This advanced-level programme will strengthen your accountancy skills. You will apply technical and professional standards, become a better team member and debate current issues in the field of accountancy. The programme provides an opportunity to apply your practical skills in the workplace.


  • Carry out accounting work at an advanced level applying relevant technical and professional standards.
  • Work toward meeting the academic requirements for professional body membership such as NZICA, CPA Australia and ACCA. See the CAANZ Recognised Qualifications and the CPA Australia Accredited Courses list for further details.
  • Complete a work placement and apply your skills within an organisation.
  • The programme has been developed with input from accounting professionals.
  • Flexibile programme content - select the courses that best meet the requirements for your accounting career.
  • Industry experienced lecturers.
  • Flexible study options - full time, part time, in day and/or night classes.

Professional body membership

This programme enables you to work towards 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:

Notes on courses

Please note that if you don't meet the prerequisite course requirements, you may need to achieve more than 120 credits and take longer than one year to complete the programme.

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 are required to have 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 including timetables, please click on the course names below.

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.
Internship Based Learning (Accounting) (ACTY7419) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) To provide students with the opportunity to integrate their learning across their programme of study and to apply theoretical and practical business skills at an approved project and work objectives in industry. To critically reflect upon the process undertaken in completing the project and work objectives so as to inform their future personal and professional development





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 competencies equivalent to the above 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.


1 YearInfo Icon

Tuition Fees


Total Qualification

Student fees:  $5,912Info Icon $5,912Info Icon
Government tuition subsidy:  $5,971Info Icon $5,971Info Icon
Total: $11,883Info Icon $11,883Info 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.