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Diploma of Accounting

  • Diploma

If you have a head for numbers and your eye on the financial industry, Melbourne Polytechnic's Diploma of Accounting will prepare you for employment in the industry within six months, as a qualified assistant accountant.

Key details

Degree Type
Diploma
Duration
6 months full-time
Course Code
FNS50217, 098373E
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Feb, Jul

About this course

Put your analytical mind to use in an international industry

If you have a head for numbers and your eye on the financial industry, Melbourne Polytechnic's Diploma of Accounting will prepare you for employment in the industry within six months, as a qualified assistant accountant. Support clients with regular financial monitoring and analysis, preparation of documents, reports and accounts advice. With only 67% of vacancies for accountants filled in the past year, your skills will always be in demand.

Balance your skills with industry experience

Melbourne Polytechnic's accounting students benefit from instructors and exercises that have been integrated from the industry. Your teachers have real-world experience as tax agents, BAS agents and CPAs, and guest lecturers from peak industry accounting bodies will share their knowledge and their networks. This course also provides an alternate pathway to the Bachelor of Accounting for students who have not completed secondary schooling in Australia.

The first step in your accounting career

Qualifications in accounting can be taken around the world. This course completes some of the education units required by the Tax Practitioners Board for registration as a tax agent, and successful completion of this diploma entitles you to join the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). With this qualification you might find work as an assistant accountant, office manager, financial services assistant, or tax assistant at a multinational, boutique or government accounting service. Alternatively, Melbourne Polytechnic Diploma of Accounting students can pursue further study to advance their career in finance.

Entry requirements

You must have access to a computer or laptop with a camera, headset and internet connection.

Students can apply for this course if they completed a previous qualification in Certificate IV in Accounting (FNS40615), Certificate IV in Bookkeeping (FNS40215), Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping (FNS40217), or have completed the following seven (7) pre-requisite units:

  • FNSACC311 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
  • FNSACC312 Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
  • FNSACC408 Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry
  • FNSACC416 Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
  • FNSTPB401 Complete business activity and instalment activity statements
  • FNSTPB402 Establish and maintain payroll systems
  • BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports

The preferred pathway for entry to this qualification is the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping (FNS40217). For additional information, we encourage you to attend one of our Information Sessions.

Please bring a statement of attainment to your interview.

Study locations

Preston

Career pathways

Careers in accounting are international and cross-industry. Opening your own accounting practice, working for a multinational, or somewhere in between, this qualification provides the essential fundamental building block to your career in the diverse world of accounting

  • Accounting Clerk
  • Payroll Officer
  • Auditor
  • Account Manager
  • Bookkeeper
  • Tax Specialist
  • Financial Analyst

Credit for prior study or work

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Business & Management courses at Melbourne Polytechnic.
68%
Overall satisfaction
72%
Skill scale
88%
Teaching scale