The Institutes nationally recognised Diploma of Accounting will prepare you for professional accounting job roles in financial services and other industries.

This qualification will give you skills in financial reporting, managing budgets and forecasts, implimenting internal financial control procedures in quality systems, maintaining accounting systems, preparing tax returns for individuals and processing business tax requirements.

Potential career outcomes

Employability skills relevant to this qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification at:

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Potential job titles include:

National code




Delivery mode(s)

External FT/PT (distance study);


Written/oral questions, projects

Total units


Course duration

Full-time: 6 mths
Part-time: 12 mths

Nationally recognised


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Qualification units

Requirements to complete this qualification are
9 units total consisting of 6 core units and 3 elective units.

Nat. Code
Unit name (**Core unit)
Nominal hrs
**Provide financial and business performance information
**Prepare legally compliant tax returns for individuals
**Manage budgets and forecasts
**Prepare financial reports for corporate entities
**Implement and maintain internal control procedures
**Provide management accounting information
Establish and maintain accounting information systems
Develop and use complex spreadsheets
Process business tax requirements
480 hours
Optional elective(s)

Minimum education

While there are no formal entry requirements the Institute suggests students have sound english language and literacy skills and basic word processing skills. As a guide, students should have completed schooling to Year 10.

Minimum age

Minimum age of 16 years. If students are under 18 years of age, the enrolment form must be signed by a parent or guardian.

English language requirements

Units in this qualification requires students to read comprehensive study workbooks and undertake a range of written assessments and communicate through email and telephone (depending on enrolment type). As such, students should at least have english proficency to year 10 level.

Preferred pathways to qualification

Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

Pathways from qualification

A learning pathway utilising qualifications such as Advanced Diploma of Accounting would support career progression.

Enrolment dates

Enrolments are open all year.

Enrolment options

1. Full-time (FT) or part-time (PT) external enrolment (distance study)
No class contact with study requiring more than 221 hours per semester (more than 15 hours per week) if full-time or study requiring less than 221 hours per semester (less than 15 hours per week) if part-time. With external enrolment, students will work through a study guide and textbook or resource at their own pace and submit assessments through email. They will receive telephone tutorial support on a regular basis. The qualification must be completed within:

  • Diploma: FT=6 months, PT=12 months
  • Certificate IV: FT=6 months, PT=12 months
  • Certificate I-III: FT=3 months, PT=6 months

2. Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
RPL is the formal recognition of skills and knowledge which have been aquired as a result of skills and knowledge which have been aquired as a result of work or life experiences and formal and informal training or qualifications. A successful RPL application where you have demonstrated aptitute in a qualifications "unit of competency" enables one to complete a qualification quicker.

After the RPL process a student/client may:
  • have sufficient recognition credit and be deemed to have completed the qualification;
  • have insufficient recognition credit and will complete any remaining units and assessments to complete the qualification;

Enrolment form

The enrolment form can be downloaded from the link below. This form is a PDF fillable form that can be completed in any Adobe Reader, saved then emailed to

If for some reason you cannot read the PDF or see the form fields, download and install the newest Adobe Acrobat Reader per the link below.

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About fees

All fees are based on a scheduled cost per nominal hour (SCH) and this varies depending on delivery method (e.g. FT/PT, RPL, eLearning, Fast-Track). Fees advertised for this course are based on default or scheduled units in the qualification. Students wishing to select or change units should be aware of fee changes due to SCH.

Resource fees

FT/PT external enrolments: students are required to purchase their own textbook(s)/workbook(s)($620-$650). Study guides and other resources are included in the total fee schedule for this qualification.

Government funding and incentives
Government funding may exist to cover part or all of the course costs for this qualification. This is dependent on your circumstances. Please enquire with the Institute to see if you qualify for Government funding-incentives.

Full-time/Part-time external enrolment (distance study)

For students externally enrolled, study will be support by allocated tutors who will contact them regularly, generally fortnightly. A support timetable will be determined between the tutor and student at the beginning of the course. Tutoring sessions are opportunties to discuss study material and clarify any issues.

What is RPL?

RPL is the formal recognition of skills and knowledge which have been acquired as a result of work experience, life experience, and previous formal or informal training. If you believe you are competent in any of the qualifications units, you may wish to apply for RPL. If successful, you can obtain credit for units reducing the time it will take to complete the qualification. Gap training is provided as part of the RPL process for a unit.

How to apply

Firstly, read the Institutes RPL Information Kit to familiarise yourself with the process. Contact an Institute course advisor if you have further questions. We strongly suggest you request and undergo the qualifications RPL self-assessment to help you guage if you are ready and have sufficient evidence to successfully RPL the courses units.

When you are sure about committing to RPL, download and complete an Enrolment form (Form: CS.FOR.019), tick the RPL box and fill in the required details. The Institute will then action the RPL process.

Standard exemptions and credit transfers

Students may be granted credit for the completion of formal accredited learning with a school, University or other accredited Registered training organisation such as TAFE. If you have academic qualifications, you may wish to apply for an exemption from the relevant “Unit of competency” (UOC) within a course or qualification.

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Training for organisations

Specialist training services
Businesses and organisations seeking bulk professional development training can request Fast-Track delivery at any time. Our specialist services include:

  • Course customisation: working with your business / organisation, our staff can customise course content and activities;
  • Flexible delivery location: the Institute can deliver at a nominated or other pre-arranged location;;
  • Training needs assessments: to customise the training package according to your workplace needs.

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