Accounting courses – more specialist than you think!
For those interested in the accounting industry, it’s a specialist industry meaning you only have a few options when deciding what accounting courses you’d like to do. To be working within the accounting sector you usually need either a degree or diploma in accounting or a VET in accounts administration or bookkeeping.
Bachelor of Accounting
There are several ways of doing an accounting degree. Many universities offer a business or commerce degree with the opportunity to major in accounting. Some universities list a wholly accounting degree such as Southern Cross University who offers a Bachelor of Accounting. This gives students the chance to specialise in taxation, financial services or business management. The course is 3 years full time and can be completed across their Lismore and Gold Coast campuses as well as online. If you’re looking to become a management accountant, credit manager, bursar or an auditor then this could be the one for you.
VET in Accounts Administration
This is a widely available course that can be done through almost every TAFE and often is suitable to do online depending on the institution. If you think that becoming an accounts clerk or a payroll officer then a VET in accounts administration is the perfect starting point. TAFE SA offers a Certificate III in Accounts Administration which can be completed in 6 months. It’s offered at 7 different campuses and also online to give you lots of options. It can also act as a pathway to further study for those interested in the accounting industry.
For those wanting to work within this industry there are several professional bodies which you should know about. Many graduate accountants or those in similar roles apply to either Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, CPA Australia or the Institute of Public Accountants. These bodies offer guidelines and governance to the industry and some employers will expect applicants to hold membership in one of these organisations.
Although their is limited options when seeking qualifications through accounting courses, accounting roles are available in many companies and as such it is a sort after career.