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Certificate in Accounting

This course will provide an overview of the accounting equation and the basic principles underlying the double entry system of accounting. It will include but not be limited to the function and purpose of accounting and its key concepts, a look at the principal qualitative characteristics and their effect on financial statements, and the basic and expanded accounting equation and its connection to the double-entry method of accounting.

This course will take a close look at the difference between the general journal and the general ledger, the chart of accounts, and fundamental rules in respect of when to debit or credit an account. It will include but not be limited to the definition and purpose of general journals, account categories, and how to prepare journal entries.

This course will provide an introduction to the General Ledger and the Trial Balance, and will include the process of posting source journals to the general ledger, how to calculate closing balances of general ledger accounts, as well as the purpose of a trial balance and how to prepare one.

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 value method.

This course will provide an introduction to cash basis and accruals basis accounting concepts, and will include but not be limited to an overview of adjusting entries, a look at the key adjusting entries that need to be made at the end of the financial year, and how to prepare the balance day adjustments for a range of adjusting entries.

This course will take a close look at the purpose of financial statements, and will include but not be limited to the Profit & Loss Statement and the Balance Sheet and how to prepare these statements, the purpose of inventory and the two common inventory systems, how to prepare journal entries, and how to calculate the year-end stock adjustment.

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 the key terms and basic principles of GST in New Zealand, the different methods to account for GST, how to calculate GST on sales and purchases as well as how to complete a simple GST return.

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of income tax with regard to small businesses. It will include but not be limited to the concept of assessable income and allowable deductions, how to calculate the income tax liability and income tax payable for an entity, and the accepted home office expense calculation.

This course will provide an overview of how to use Xero, including but not limited to the benefits of using Xero and cloud computing, Bank Reconciliation & Managing Accounts in Xero, Xero Sales, Invoicing, Quotes & Inventory, plus Purchase & Bills.

This course will provide an overview of the MYOB Essentials accounting software package, including but not limited to understanding the chart of accounts & banking, managing contacts and managing sales within MYOB.

This course will take a close look at the preparation of budgets, forecasts and cash flow management, including but not limited to the purpose of a budget and forecast, the importance and advantages of budgeting, how to prepare a budget and how to compare actual results with analyse variances as well as a look at the cash conversion cycle.

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.

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.

Diploma in Accounting: Accounting Practices

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.

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).  

Diploma in Accounting

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.

This course provides an introduction to accounting and business in New Zealand, including but not limited to the relationship between accounting, the legal system and business, the importance of the New Zealand 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.

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 will provide an overview on reporting filing requirements for different entities, including but not limited to the Statutory Financial Reporting Framework vs the Accounting Standards Framework, how to use the New Zealand Financial Reporting framework to determine reporting assurance and filing requirements, and a look at the Appropriate Accounting Standards applied for General Purpose Financial reporting.

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

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 variance analysis.  

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

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.

This course will provide an introduction to accounting for taxation and residency requirements for taxation, as well the determination of business income and which business income is assessable for income tax. It will include but not be limited to the purpose and the main objectives of taxation, the tax obligations for residents, non-residents and transitional residence, a look at assessable income and how to compare the tax requirements between employees and contractors. 

This course provides an overview of Goods & Services Tax (GST), including but not limited to the meaning of GST, how to apply basic rules and obligations of GST, a look at GST adjustments and how to fully complete a GST return.  

This course will provide an introduction to companies from a taxation point of view, including but not limited to how losses are generated and how these can be carried forward/utilised, the importance of shareholder continuity, a look at dividends and imputation credits. 

This course will provide an overview of Look through Companies (LTC), including but not limited to the impact of electing to be an LTC for tax purposes, when and why an LTC may be used, and how the loss limitation rule applies to restrict losses from being passed onto the shareholders.  

This course will provide an overview of the different types of benefits that are included in the fringe benefits tax regime, including but not limited to the purpose of the fringe benefits system, how to calculate the taxable value of various fringe benefits, and how to complete a quarterly FBT taxable value calculation sheet (IR 427) and quarterly FBT return (IR 420). 

Complete an assessment covering all content from the Taxation program.

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There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites to enrol into this course. You can enrol online directly by 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 080 0342 829 or email them at info@careeracademy.co.nz

This course costs $2,450 + GST or only $25 per week on a no deposit, interest free payment plan. Click here to get started now.

This course takes approximately 400 hours, and you’ll have up to 18 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. In New Zealand, this job earns approximately $54,907 per year but can be as high as $67,000 per year(Payscale)

Contact a friendly student advisor on 0800 342 829 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 8 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 less a $50 + GST administration fee.

Once you successfully complete an AAT Qualification, you will become a certified accounting technician and member of the Association of Accounting Technicians and the Institute of Public Accountants.

An AAT Qualification is an internationally recognised certification. Being AAT Qualified gives employers the confidence that you meet internationally recognised standards.
AAT stands for the Association of Accounting Technicians, a membership organisation with over 140,000 members worldwide. An AAT qualification is equivalent to a CIMA or ACCA qualification.
AAT is widely recognised in New Zealand. Employers in New Zealand value candidates who hold AAT Qualifications.

Varies between 6 to to 18 months.

Most New Zealand employers prefer AAT as it is more recognised in New Zealand. Furthermore, being a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians gives employers the confidence that you meet internationally recognised standards.

A fully qualified accounting technician can earn up to $60,000 per annum or more.

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