Diploma of Accounting

The IPA is committed to providing members with education pathways and continuing professional development that makes a meaningful difference to their careers, as well as to outcomes for clients in the small business arena. If you’re seeking registration as a tax agent, or simply furthering your technical skills, the Diploma of Accounting may be right for you.

Monarch Institute is our training provider of choice. Their Diploma of Accounting course is delivered by skilled practicing professionals, including senior CPAs and chartered accountants. Everything from the learning materials to the great one-on-one support you’ll receive will help ensure you graduate ready to hit the ground running.

Your Monarch Institute learning experience is made to fit around your busy professional and personal life. All your textbooks and learning materials are included. You can study anywhere, any time that works for you; it’s truly self-paced study. Plus, aside from the four two-hour exams mandated by the TPB for tax agent registration, there are no exams – just short, manageable assignments. So the pressure’s off, and you can concentrate on really learning.

Find out more about Monarch Institute’s Diploma of Accounting on their website now.

Becoming a registered tax agent

Want to become a professional tax agent? You’ll need to be registered with the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB). To do that, you’ll need a few prerequisites, including a primary qualification, board approved courses, and relevant work experience.

The Monarch Institute Diploma of Accounting meets the basic education requirements for becoming a tax agent. There’s also an extra module the TPB require, that for a nominal cost, includes the board approved course (units) in Commercial law.

NOTE: For up-to-the-minute tax agent registration requirements, it’s always best to visit the TPB website.

What’s covered in the Diploma of Accounting?

The Diploma of Accounting includes 11 nationally recognised units of competency. They’re grouped in to four modules, so you learn holistically and get to know related concepts at the same time. You’ll cover:

Module 1 - Financial reporting

  • Prepare financial reports (BSBFIA401)
  • Prepare financial reports for corporate entities (FNSACC514)

Module 2 - Budgets, management accounting and economics

  • Prepare operational budgets (FNSACC412)
  • Manage budgets and forecasts (FNSACC513)
  • Provide management accounting information (FNSACC517)Apply economic principles to work in the financial services industry (FNSINC601)

Module 3 - Financial performance and internal control

  • Provide financial and business performance information (FNSACC511)
  • Implement and maintain internal control procedures (FNSACC516)
  • Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry (FNSINC401)

Module 4 - Taxation

  • Prepare tax documentation for individuals (FNSACC512)
  • Prepare and administer tax documentation for legal entities (FNSACC601)

Module 5 (OPTIONAL) - Commercial law

  • Apply legal principles in contract and consumer law (MCL001) (FNSTPB503)
  • Apply legal principles in corporations and trust law (MCL002) (FNSTPB504)
  • Apply legal principles in property law (MCL003) (FNSTPB505)

Entry requirements

It’s worth noting that, as part of the government’s updates to financial services training, the Diploma of Accounting now has entry requirements. To start the Diploma, you must have completed a Certificate IV in Accounting and/or Bookkeeping – OR you must have completed the Accounting Principles Skill Set (FNSSS00014). Monarch Institute offers the Skill Set as a separate course. 

Start your enrolment now

With Monarch Institute there are no term dates or enrolment deadlines holding you back. You can get started any time. So what are you waiting for? Call 1300 738 955 now to chat to one of their friendly course consultants about your study options.

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