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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, and CPA Australia. See 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.
  • Flexible 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 the day and/or night classes.

Professional body membership

This programme enables you to work towards the academic requirements for professional body membership (CA ANZ, 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 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.
Internship Based Learning (BSNS7030) 30.0 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 to an approved project and work objectives in industry. To critically reflect upon the processes undertaken in completing the project and work objectives so as to inform their future personal and professional development.

Moving to Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa (New Zealand) is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, in 2023 Unitec will become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa.

This means that while you are enrolling with Unitec now, from Semester 1, 2023 you will become a Te Pūkenga learner.

Te Pūkenga has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including this programme. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

The information contained here is correct at the time of publishing, but as the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time.

Rest assured that we will notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you study, where you study or the ways you learn.