Institute accredited courses

Key Points

  • Institute accredited course lists
  • How to use the Institute accredited course lists
  • Qualification assessment.

Each year the Institute assesses Australian tertiary accounting courses. Those that satisfy the academic requirements for entry into the Chartered Accountants Program are added to the Institute accredited course list.

Institute accredited course lists

These lists include undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Postgraduate accounting "conversion courses" are designed to enable graduates of other disciplines to gain satisfactory knowledge of the required subjects to meet the academic requirements for entry into the Program.

How to use the Institute accredited course lists

  • Check if your Australian* accounting degree or postgraduate accounting conversion course has been accredited by the Institute
  • Check if your Australian* accounting degree or postgraduate accounting conversion course subjects meet the core knowledge areas required by the Institute
  • Search for Institute accredited courses and core knowledge area modules.

*Includes the Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University, Singapore

Check if your accounting degree or conversion course is accredited

Start by checking the most recent Institute accredited course list. Look for your university and course. If you find an exact match, your course will most likely meet the eligibility criteria. You will not be required to have a standard assessment, however will still need to submit a certified copy of your academic transcript.

Course names and subject module names change over time, so if you can’t find an exact match you may need to check the listing for the year you commenced your degree. If the listing for the year you commenced is not available, you will be required to have your qualifications assessed by the Institute.

Check if your accounting degree or conversion course subjects meet the core knowledge areas

Once you have located your degree on the Institute accredited course list, you can easily establish whether the subjects you have passed meet all the core knowledge areas.

On the Institute accredited course list:

  1. Details of the core knowledge area(s) covered can be found next to the subject heading. Note all of the core knowledge areas that have been covered by the subjects you have passed
  2. Check your list against the core knowledge areas for each Program module.

If all of the core knowledge areas have been met and you have completed an Australian degree or overseas equivalent, you are eligible to enrol in the Chartered Accountants Program.

If there are core knowledge areas that have not been met, you will need to enrol in an Institute accredited course of your choice and pass the missing subjects. You can then enrol in the Chartered Accountants Program.

If you have received advanced standing in any core knowledge area you will also be required to submit an academic transcript of the original study.

Search for Institute accredited courses and core knowledge areas. Refer to the most recent Institute accredited course list to find courses you may undertake to meet your knowledge gaps. The courses vary considerably in their mode of delivery, award offered and fees payable.

Qualification assessment

Apply for a qualification assessment by completing the Standard Assessment Form, if:

  • Your Australian accounting degree is not an Institute accredited course
  • There is no available accredited course list for the year you commenced 
  • You are unsure whether your degree subject passes cover the core knowledge areas.

Assessment applications must be lodged no later than one month prior to the enrolment opening date of your chosen Program module.

When the assessment is complete, the Institute will send you a letter of assessment.

If you have not met all core knowledge areas, the assessment letter will indicate which subjects require further study.

You will then need to enrol in an Institute accredited course of your choice and pass the missing subjects, which will then permit you to enrol in the Chartered Accountants Program.

Article last updated 2 April 2014