Taught course

Professional Accounting

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology · Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
Conversion DiplomaProfessional Skills Course

Entry requirements

To apply for the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting programme, an applicant MUST have obtained an NZQF listed degree requiring a minimum of 3 years full time academic study or equivalent. In the case of international students, this degree must be recognized by either CA ANZ or CPA Australia.

All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those students whose first language is not English must have:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each band), issued within the last two years or equivalent.

If you do not have an IELTS test score, you may send us other evidence of your English language level. Please see NZQA English Language Entry Requirements (external link) for more details. (external link)

Months of entry

November, July, February

Course content

Become a Chartered Accountant or Certified Practicing Accountant.

If you are looking to become a Chartered Accountant or a Certified Practising Accountant you would choose to study the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting.

This programme is accredited by the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and Certified Practicing Accountants Australia (CPA Australia) and contains all the papers that you need to complete the academic part of your training.

Information for international students

Career outcomes

An CA ANZ or CPA qualified accountant would expect to be involved in a range of business activities within an accounting firm including giving advice, strategic planning, management and providing financial information to support business decisions, as well as preparing financial reports, auditing and providing tax advice. CA ANZ or CPA qualified accountants can expect to earn between $60,000 and $135,000 per annum. (See www.charteredaccountantsanz.com (external link)).

This programme is only available at the Nelson or Marlborough Campus and may take more than 12 months to complete depending on your course requirements by CA ANZ or CPA.

Fees and funding

UK students
NZD $18,000 plus $240 Student Services Levy
International students
NZD $18,000 plus $240 Student Services Levy

Qualification and course duration

Conversion Diploma

full time
12 months

Professional Skills Course

full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations30
Written coursework / continuous assessment70

Course contact details

International Enquiries
+64 3 546 9175