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Course Code: HE20542

Locations: TAFE NSW Ultimo, online.

Duration: One semester full time, or two semesters part time.

Course load: You must complete four subjects and achieve 40 credit points. Each subject is worth 10 credit points.

This short course requires the completion of four subjects covering contemporary accounting concepts, financial accounting, and audit and assurance.

Next intake:

  • Classes commence 15 February 2021
  • First round applications close 27 November 2020
  • Second round applications will open on 30 November and close 29 January 2021 subject to availability of places

To be eligible for admission into the Undergraduate Certificate in Financial Accounting Theory and Audit, you must have completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification in accounting or financial services.

In 2021 domestic students will pay a tuition fee of $1,310 per 10 credit point subject (a total of $5,240 for the full undergraduate certificate*). This course attracts FEE-HELP, so eligible students can study now and pay later.

There may be additional costs to purchase resources required for individual subjects. The course coordinator can advise you of any additional course fees.

* Note that tuition fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Please check current fee information in the fee schedule on the Fees and Payments page.

If you have extensive, current, and relevant workplace experience, or you have recently completed studies in a related field, you may be eligible for exemption from some subjects in the Undergraduate Certificate in Financial Accounting Theory and Audit.

Speak with your course coordinator to see if you are eligible. You are required to attend class until you are advised that your application for RPL has been successful.

Please note: Your application for RPL will assess your prior learning against the outcomes of this course. RPL is only granted against full subjects. Partial RPL will not be granted.

Students who complete the Undergraduate Certificate in Financial Accounting Theory and Audit who choose to continue their studies in the Bachelor of Applied Commerce (accounting major) will receive credit for the four subjects completed.

Study pattern

Full time students enrol in four subjects worth 40 credit points, for one semester. Part time students will typically enrol in two subjects, worth 20 credit points, completing the course over two semesters.

Students who study online will be required to engage with subject content, including synchronous lectures, for approximately 4 hours per week, per subject.

Students electing to study face to face, will be required to attend TAFE NSW Ultimo for 4 hours per subject, per week.

It is recommended that students also undertake an additional 4 hours of private study per week, per subject, to maximise their understanding of course content.


A range of assessment methods are used across subjects in this course with most subjects requiring the completion of three to four assessment tasks, with assessments designed to be practical and relevant to finance and business contexts. Most subjects will include an end of semester examination.


You can view the course structure and an overview of study requirements for each subject by downloading the Course Information Brochure.

This course is not available for enrolment by international students studying on a student visa.

While every effort has been made to ensure the above information is accurate and up to date, you are advised to contact the course coordinator for specific and up to date information about tuition fees and academic requirements of the course.

Industry Connections

After successfully completing this course you will be eligible to apply for membership to CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants ANZ (accounting major) or Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) (financial planning major)

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