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Accounting courses can provide a pathway towards specialist accounting careers in everything from forensic to chartered accounting, as well as roles related to bookkeeping and management.

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Banking and finance courses can help you channel your love of numbers and economics into a career in bookkeeping, forensic or chartered accounting, money management, and more.

Financial planning careers give you the power to empower other people. Combine a love of numbers, statistics and economics with the satisfaction of working with and for people. TAFE NSW courses are always in tune with industry and regulatory requirements.

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“Considering all I have achieved in such a short time, it makes me thankful that TAFE Digital was my first choice.”

Yuki Stavely-Alexander - Certificate IV in Bookkeeping, and Accounting

When Yuki started a Certificate III in Accounts Administration, she had no idea how far she would go. As a mature-aged mother, Yuki was worried about balancing study with her other commitments. But she hadn’t realised the level of support she’d get from TAFE NSW.

The staff support and study flexibility that TAFE Digital provided helped Yuki build an amazing career pathway, going from the Certificate III, to Certificate IV in both Bookkeeping and Accounting.

Thanks to her TAFE Digital teacher’s connections, Yuki gained employment as a bookkeeper and is progressing her career with a TAFE Digital Diploma of Accounting.

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A Certified Practising Accountant is an accounting professional with a specific qualification that signifies a high degree of professional competency and knowledge. Successful completion of the TAFE NSW Bachelor of Applied Commerce (majoring in Accountancy or Financial Planning) will make you eligible to apply for a CPA membership.


TAFE NSW has several accounting courses on offer from short courses, to the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping to the Diploma of Accounting all the way to the Bachelor of Applied Commerce (Accounting) through TAFE Degrees.

Our banking and financial services courses include Certificate III in Financial services, Certificate IV courses in Banking Services, Finance and Mortgage Broking and Financial Services and Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management.

Depending on the level of study you choose, in an accounting course to prepare financial reports and statements, how to process financial transactions, how to use payroll systems and how to create and lodge Business Activity Statements (BAS). You will also learn the essentials of bookkeeping and money management.

In a TAFE NSW financial service course, you could learn to provide advice about superannuation and life insurance, develop your professional relationships, research and review financial plans and understand and implement legal and regulatory frameworks into your practice.

Graduates of our accounting and finance courses go on to roles such as:

  • Accountant
  • Payroll officer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounts officer
  • Financial advisor
  • Finance sector supervisor
  • Customer services Officer in Financial Services or credit management

Both accounting and financial advising are highly regulated professions, and you will need to complete specific training in order to practice professionally.

To begin your accounting journey, you could start at the Certificate III in Accounts Administration or Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping and progress your study to the Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Accounting. From there you can enrol in the Bachelor of Applied Commerce (Accounting) with TAFE NSW Degrees.

To begin your journey in the financial services sector, you could start at the Certificate III in Financial Services or Certificate IV in Financial services or Banking services and progress your study to the Bachelor of Applied Commerce.

The Bachelor of Applied Commerce has two majors you can choose from, accounting or financial planning. Once you’ve graduated, you will be eligible to apply for membership to Certified Practicising Accountants of Australia (CPA), Chartered Accountants (CAANZ) or the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) (financial planning major).

The degree is also recognised by the Taxation Practitioners Board (TPB) and Financial Advisors Standards and Ethics authority (FASEA).

Employment in the financial and insurance services industry is expected to grow by 13.7%, faster than other Australian industries.

Demand for accounting services is expected to increase due to increasing capital expenditure by the private sector, rising business numbers and positive business confidence. The demand is particularly high in NSW, as employers require accountants who can drive performance and impact business strategy.


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What job opportunities could an accounting or finance course lead to?

An accounting and finance course can lead to a number of job opportunities; from working to keep a small business within budget, and helping individuals to manage their finances or taxes, to big banking and top floor corporate negotiations.

Qualifications in accounting and finance can lead to a job as:

  • an accountant
  • a bookkeeper
  • a payroll clerk
  • a financial planner
  • an accounts officer

The average weekly salary for an accountant is $1,350. Whether you're just starting out in your accounting and finance career, or you want to gain more qualifications, want to add to your previous experience, or you simply want to broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you. TAFE NSW courses in this area include:

  • Accounting
  • Bookkeeping
  • Financial Services
  • Business Administration
  • Project Management
  • Human Resources
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