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

This programme is an efficient way for accounting graduates to achieve associate membership of the accounting professions. It is specifically designed for accounting graduates or graduates of an accounting-related degree to complete the academic accounting requirements of the professional bodies so they can specialise in an accounting career. However, graduates of other disciplines who are willing to undertake the pre-requisite programme may also apply.


This programme is designed for those who already have a degree with an accounting major but have not yet reached the academic requirements for associate membership of the professional bodies: Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and CPA Australia.

Subject areas include financial accounting, management accounting, auditing, taxation and law.

At the start of the programme you can make an appointment with the Programme Coordinator to discuss your course of study.

As a graduate of the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting you will:

  • Meet academic requirements for membership of CA ANZ (ACA or CA Colleges) and CPA and,
  • Be academically prepared to undertake your practical experience and professional competence components of the requirements to become a full member of CA ANZ (ACA or CA Colleges) and CPA.

Note: Additional degree courses of first year accounting and first or second year Economics, Law, Finance and Statistics/Quantitative Analysis will also be required by the professional bodies.

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

This qualification completes the academic requirements of the accounting professional bodies so you can commence your practical experience to become a chartered accountant. This will lead to a wide number of employment opportunities in professional practice, industry and the public sector.


There are four entry dates per year:

  • February
  • May
  • July
  • October


Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements

Academic Learning Services

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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.