Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting
Level 7

Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting

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  • Locations and dates


    29 November 2021
    21 February 2022
    18 July 2022
    28 November 2022


    29 November 2021
    21 February 2022
    18 July 2022
    28 November 2022
  • Study options

    Full time or part time

  • Length

    1 year full time (or equivalent part-time study); 40 weeks including 6 weeks of study breaks; *see note

  • Total credits


  • Fees


    Compulsory Student Services Fee also applies ($240 for fulltime students).
    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection. View course details for individual fees.

  • National qualification code


Become a Chartered Accountant or Certified Practising Accountant.

This qualification has been specifically designed for those whose aspire to gain membership to one of the professional accounting bodies; Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CA ANZ) or CPA Australia. For further information on the requirements for admission to CA ANZ or CPA Australia, refer to the following websites:

Through the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting you will be prepared to start your mentored practical experience with CA ANZ or CPA Australia.

You will be qualified to work in a range of accounting disciplines including financial accounting, financial management, taxation, auditing, and business consulting in many industries.

Aims of the programme

The Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting give students who already have a business related degree, or extensive business experience, an opportunity to pursue study in accounting directly leading to the opportunity to gain provisional membership with CA ANZ or CPA at an advanced undergraduate level.

The programme provides opportunities for students to further develop their abilities to critically evaluate and analyses data and qualitative information and to identify, implement and promote decision making that is innovative and value adding for their enterprise.

Key features

  • One year full time or longer part time (excluding CA ANZ/CPA requirements)
  • Open entry for any person with an undergraduate business related degree
  • CA ANZ / CPA recognised courses that meet competency area requirements for provisional membership
  • Use recognition of prior undergraduate study, or extensive work experience, to skip courses you already hold the necessary skills and knowledge in (see 'Recognition of Academic Credit’ below)

How long does it take?

*In most cases the NMIT qualification can be completed in one year full time. However, if you want to gain membership to a professional body, you may be required to complete additional courses to meet the requirements of your chosen professional body (see note below) and therefore add time to your total study period.


Study full time over one year (two semesters plus study breaks), or part-time. Courses are run on our Nelson/Marlborough campus.

See 'Classes and study hours' for more information.

Marlborough campus via video link

The majority of classes will be video linked from our Nelson campus for students studying on our Marlborough campus. Video link students meet and study together on the Marlborough campus then interact with their fellow students, and the lecturer, in Nelson via the video linking software.

Marlborough students have full access to Library Learner Services and one on one tutor sessions as required.

Please note : If you wish to become a Chartered Accountant or a Certified Practising Accountant you must submit your Bachelor’s Degree to Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CA ANZ) or Certified Practising Accountants Australia (CPA Australia) who will inform you which courses you will need to study on the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting programme. This process can take up to 12 weeks and you will need to pay a fee to these organisations. Your course selection may vary depending on this information to ensure you meet the requirements of both NMIT and your chosen professional body.

Key information for students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements Learn more

Academic Requirements: A Bachelor s Degree in Business or a related discipline . Alternative Requirements: Applicants who are unable to evidence that they meet Academic Entry Requirements, but who can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, may be approved for alternative entry by the Curriculum Manager (or delegate). English language Requirements: If English is not the applicant s first language, applicants will need to provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Table: IELTS 6.0 Academic (no lower than 5.5 in each band), Note: Applicants who do not have evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, may contact NMIT for an assessment Applicants who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English language skills IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test. Other requirements: Applicants will be required to provide evidence of prior study or work experience relating to introductory accounting.

Detailed requirements
More information about entry to this qualification

Duration Learn more

1 Year

Tuition fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees Learn more $6,427 $6,427
Government tuition subsidy Learn more $6,410 $6,410
TOTAL Learn more $12,837 $12,837
Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information Learn more StudyLink

Student success Learn more

Student success data is unavailable for this qualification.

National Graduate Outcomes Learn more

3 years after completion
Median earnings Learn more $55,502
Earnings range Learn more $46,125 - $64,730
In employment Learn more 87%
In further study Learn more 3%
On a benefit Learn more 1%

Note: All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Learn more about Key Information for Students








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