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Accounting with Excel

This course will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of Microsoft Excel, including but not limited to the key functions within the software including formulas, functions and data manipulation, how to add content to spreadsheets as well as formatting styles. 

Accounting Principles 

This course provides an introduction to accounting and business in Australia, including but not limited to the relationship between accounting, the legal system and business, the importance of the Australian framework, as well as the components of the Financial Statements. 

This course will provide an overview of accounting for revenue and expenses and will include but not be limited to the accounting equation, a look at revenue expenditure and capital expenditure, and the components of a classified Income Statement for a small business. 

This course will take a look at accounting for balance sheet items that influence the Profit and Loss, and will include but not be limited to how to apply correct treatment to property, plant and equipment (PP&E), how to determine inventory valuation, and how to apply fair value to accounts receivable. 

Complete an assessment covering all content from the Accounting Principles program. 

Advanced Accounting Principles 

This course will take a look at accounting for cash, including but not limited to the importance of tracking cash for the survival of a business, how to prepare and maintain a cash tracking spreadsheet to plan cash flow, and how to prepare a Statement of Cash Flows and reconciliation to the Profit and Loss. 

This course will provide an overview of how to support business for future internal decision making, including but not limited to preparing budgets and forecasts, how to report on variances between budgeted performance and actual performance, and a look at breakeven analysis. 

This course provides an introduction to analysing financial reports and will include but not be limited to the users of financial analysis, the importance of the solvency test, analysing business performance and report on trends, problems and possible remedies. 

This course provides an overview of the reporting filing requirements for different entities, including but not limited to the Statutory Financial Reporting Framework vs the Accounting Standards Framework, how to determine the appropriate accounting standards to be applied for general purpose financial reporting, and the foundations of the Special Purpose Financial Reporting Framework for For-Profit Entities.

Complete an assessment covering all content from the Advanced Accounting Principles program. 

Management Accounting 

This course will provide an introduction to cost classifications in Management Accounting, including but not limited to the differences between Product costs and Period costs, management accounting vs financial accounting, and the concept of different costs for different purposes. 

This course will provide an introduction to variable and absorption costing methods, including but not limited to the definitions of variable and absorption costing and a look at the components that make up product and period costs for both types of costing. 

This course will provide an introduction to the two product costing systems: job order costing and job process costing. It will include but not be limited to the weighted average unit cost method and the formula to calculate it, support department cost allocation, and a look at unit cost and processing departments.  

This course will provide an introduction to standard costing and the importance of measuring (and reporting on) the variance between actual costs and standard costs. It will include but not be limited to the meaning of standard costing, the difference between quantity standards and cost/price standards, and a look at the variance analysis cycle.  

Complete an assessment covering all content from the Management Accounting program. 

Advanced Management Accounting

This course will provide an introduction to activity based costing and how this tool is used to assign costs to cost pools. It will include but not be limited to the definition of Activity Based Costing (ABC), the advantages of using an ABC system, cost hierarchies and a look at activities and activity pools. 

This course provides an overview of budgeting & CVP analysis, including but not limited to the key purposes of budgeting, types of Financial & Operating budgets, a look at Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis as well as the Equation Method and Contribution Margin Method. 

This course provides an introduction to performance management and measurement, including but not limited to the purpose of a Balanced Scorecard, a look at SMART KPIs, the benchmarking process and Performance Evaluation systems and their uses. 

This course will provide an introduction to inventory management and planning, including but not limited to a close look at Just In Time Inventory Management, Economic Order Quantity Inventory Management, the Reorder Point formula, and how to make pricing decisions.  

This course will provide an introduction to the use of budgeting for planning, coordinating and authorising the activities of an organisation, and for controlling costs. It will include but not be limited to how to improve the performance of an organisation by setting targets, constructing achievable plans and monitoring results. 

This course will provide an introduction to the use of budgeting for planning, coordinating and authorising the activities of an organisation, and for controlling costs. It will include but not be limited to how to improve the performance of an organisation by setting targets, constructing achievable plans and monitoring results. 

Complete an assessment covering all content from the Advanced Management Accounting program. 

Taxation 

This course will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of income tax with regards to small businesses. It will include but not be limited to the concept of assessable income and allowable deductions, and a look at how to calculate the income tax liability and income tax payable for an entity.

This course will provide an introduction to Goods and Services tax (GST) and how this affects small businesses. It will include but not be limited to an overview of GST in Australia, the key terms and basic principles of GST, the obligations a business has once they are registered for GST, how to calculate GST on a product or service as well as how to complete a basic BAS return.

This course will provide an introduction and overview of depreciation and will include but not be limited to the purpose of depreciation, how to calculate depreciation and the different calculation methods, as well as how to prepare journal entries using the straight-line method or the diminishing balance method.

Accounting with Xero 

Complete an assessment covering all content from the Accounting with Xero program. 

Advanced Xero 

This course will take a look at putting accounting principles into practice using the Special Purpose Financial Reporting Framework for For-Profit Entities (SPFR for FPEs). It will include but not be limited to the reporting requirements for revenue, inventories, property, plant & equipment, as well as the reporting requirements for intangible assets and the impairment of assets. 

This course will take a look at putting accounting principles into practice using the Special Purpose Financial Reporting Framework for For-Profit Entities (SPFR for FPEs). It will include but not be limited to the reporting requirements for financial instruments, provisions and contingencies, leases, as well as the reporting requirements for employee benefits and equity. 

This course will take a look at putting accounting principles into practice using the Special Purpose Financial Reporting Framework for For-Profit Entities (SPFR for FPEs). It will include but not be limited to the reporting requirements for income taxes, GST, related party transactions and recognising events after balance date and their reporting requirements.  

This course will provide an overview of the processes and tools that ensure the values in the Financial Statements are justified, including but not limited to the purpose of workpapers, balance sheet validation documents and referencing protocols. 

This course will take a close look at a case study and the process of importing a trial balance into Xero. It will include but not be limited to how to prepare a full accounting analysis for the case study given and how to enter a trial balance and chart of accounts into Xero to prepare draft financial statements. 

This course will take a look at how to prepare horizontal and ratio analysis, budget analysis, and forecasts, including how to create a two-year forecast using an Excel template and how to construct a Brief Management Report. 

This course will provide an introduction to drafting, analysis and interpretation of financial statements of limited companies, including but not limited to identifying and recording transactions in accounts and ledgers following the principles of double-entry bookkeeping, and drafting the financial statements of unincorporated organisations from the accounts and records prepared. 

This course will take a look at the role of the accounting function in an organisation and the importance of internal controls in minimising the risk of loss, and will include an evaluation of an accounting system to identify weaknesses and assess the impact of those weaknesses on the operation of the organisation. 

Complete an assessment covering all content from the Accounting Practices program. 

Auditing 

This course will take a look at external audits of financial statements, including but not limited to the concept of assurance and the objective of audits conducted under International Standards on Auditing (ISA). 

CAT Program Modules

In this module, you will look at the Evolution of the Accounting Technician, Public Practices and Market Trends Affecting Practice Owners and gain an understanding of Growth Opportunities and Business Planning Fundamentals.

In this module, you will look at the Code of Ethics and Accounting Standard board and gain an understanding of Professional Conduct for BAS agents, Statutory Regulations and Compliance.

In this module, you will look at the Research and Knowledge Management, discover the advantages of Professional Development and Association Education, and gain an understanding into Leveraging Industry Connections.

In this module, you will look at the Fee Structure and Terms of Engagement, understand Professional Quality and Standards of Work. Look at Insurances and how to Manage your Clients Expectations.

In this module, you will look at Risk Management, understand how to Protect your Practice with Internal Accounting Controls and Cyber Security. Gain insight into Privacy Policy and Confidentiality.

In this module, you will look at the People and Culture, define an Employee and a Contractor. Discover Offshoring and look at Training and Development and learn how to Identify Bottlenecks and Practice Workflow.

In this module, you will look at the Business Planning Strategies for Growth. How to Finance for Growth and some Insightful Client Accounting and Advisory Services. Learn how to Market Yourself as an Expert.

In this module, you will look at the Online Strategy and creating a Digital Transformation framework. Create a Digital Leadership mindset and adapt with Agility and Change.

In this module, you will look at the Prioritising Wellbeing and Sustainable Business

The final assessment consists of 26 questions from across the nine modules, it includes multiple-choice, multiple responses, and correct order/selection questions. You have 2 hours to complete the assessment once started. If you do not reach the passing mark of 50% you have another chance to re-sit the assessment once within three months.

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FAQs about our Accounting courses

There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites to enrol into this course. You can enrol online directly by selecting your course and clicking on “Enrol Now” and follow the prompts. Alternatively, you can enrol over the phone with our friendly student advisors. Give them a call on 1800 837 550 or email them at info@thecareeracademy.com.au

This course costs $1,895 + GST or only $25 per week on a no deposit, interest free payment plan. Click here to get started now.

This course takes approximately 200 hours, and you’ll have up to 12 months to complete. Study in your own time, at your own pace. Most of The Career Academy courses are designed so that you do one module a week. But if life gets busy you can take longer and even apply for a course extension if you need more time.

Upon the completion of this course, you can obtain a job as an Accounting Technician. These jobs in Australia earn approximately $92,509 per year but can be as high as $116,741 per year. (Payscale)

Contact a friendly student advisor on 1800 837 550 to find out about potential career outcomes and see where our courses can take you. Employers also constantly approach The Career Academy looking for students and employers also advertise jobs in the Career Centre (available once you enrol). You’ll also receive a FREE CV review.

This qualification is Internationally recognised. Our qualifications are highly sought after by employers around the world and accredited by global industry bodies such as ICOES.

Your course will be delivered through our online learning platform. You can access our online learning platform from any web browser 24/7 so you can work whenever and wherever you want. You can also interact with your tutors and other students within the learning environment. Online learning allows you to make the best use of your time and puts all the resources you need at your fingertips. There are no set course start dates, you can start whenever you are ready. Your tutors and student services will check in on your progress and help you every step of the way.

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Absolutely! You’ve got a 10 day cooling off period (or trial period) at the start of your course. Take that time to look through all your learning material and get a feel for online learning. If you decide the course isn’t for you within the trial period, you’ll get a full money back guarantee.

It’s an advanced qualification that builds on the practical accounting skills and knowledge gained through the Certificate in Accounting. It’s also a pathway to become a qualified Accounting Technician and member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).
Approximately 300 hours. Learn at your own pace, but ideally complete one module per week. Most students take up to 12 months to complete.
If you’re eager to enhance your accounting skills, and pursue a career in accounting, finance or business, then the Advanced Certificate in Accounting is a must.
Once you qualify with the Advanced Certificate in Accounting, your job prospects will soar. This qualification prepares you to take on a huge range of practical Accounting roles. The Career Academy’s Accounting graduates are often employed in small businesses or within the finance department of larger companies. On completion of this course, you may apply for jobs such as Accountant, Bookkeeper, Accounting Technician, Senior Finance Officer, Payroll Manager, BAS Agent or Management Accountant.

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