Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting [Level 7]

Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


1 year, part-time options available


Level 7

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Real Life, Real Learning, Real Business: Begin Your Chartered Accountant's Pathway

The Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting (GDPA) is a qualification specifically designed for those working towards membership of one of the accounting professional bodies: Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ); or CPA Australia.

We outline the requirements of the professional bodies here (see the ‘Download info’ button), for more detailed information see the relevant bodies’ websites where you will see EIT is specifically identified as a training provider.


The GDPA is structured to provide maximum opportunity for you to meet the academic requirements of the professional bodies.  Graduate diplomas consist of eight courses; both professional bodies require further courses which most students provide via their first degree.  For this reason the best route into GDPA is a degree in accounting.  For further details see the ‘Download info’ button.

Upon application we can also advise on the likelihood of further courses being required to fully meet chartered accountant requirements.

Please feel free to make an appointment to discuss your study options. You can meet with our staff in person at our Hawke’s Bay campus, or simply give us call on 0800 22 55 348. And you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

This qualification will lead to many employment opportunities in professional practice, industry and the public sector. Once awarded this graduate diploma you’ll:

  • Have met the academic requirements for provisional membership of CA ANZ (CA College) or CPA Australia;
  • Be prepared to start your practical experience and CA ANZ CA or CPA’s equivalent programme.
  • Have met the requirements to become an Associate Member (ASA) of CPA Australia*

* CPA Australia would conduct an assessment to ensure correct papers have been studied.


There are four entry dates per year:

  • February
  • May
  • July
  • October


Entry Requirements

International entry requirements

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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Hawke’s Bay Campus


EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.