Accountants carry a lot of responsibility on their shoulders. They ensure that individuals and companies pay the right amount of tax at the right time; that salaries are paid on time; that invoices are sent and creditors paid. Most of this can be learnt via the accounting courses on offer from higher learning institutions in Adelaide. There are, however, some things that aren’t included in accounting study units, in Adelaide or anywhere else in the world. Things like personal hygiene, trustworthiness and congeniality.
Would you trust someone with dirty, raggedy nails to keep your finances clean and neat and tidy? What about someone with shirt stains and a lingering BO? Would you like to do business with someone who can doesn’t bother with hello or good bye during telephone calls or who acts surly and distracted during meetings? What about someone who is flighty and thinks that the latest celebrity gossip is a good ice-breaker?
Accounting is about a lot more than being a whiz with numbers. Like all business professionals, no matter the profession, accountants need to ooze professionalism and confidence – without being arrogant; they have to be friendly and personable – without being too intimate and immature; and they have to take pride in their appearance. These are things very seldom dealt with in accountancy courses but which are nevertheless essential for a flourishing accounting career.
Of course that doesn’t mean that accounting qualifications come a poor second to integrity and well pressed trousers.
Well-rounded accounting courses ensure that graduates are equipped with all the skills necessary to succeed in Adelaide’s competitive accounting environment. Courses, whether they’re online or from an Adelaide-based college or university, should include creative problem-solving, conflict resolution, and time management, as well as study units that cover the different kinds of bookkeeping and accounting software packages available.
More accounting courses available in Adelaide
TAFE SA offers two accounting diplomas at its Adelaide North, South and Regions institutes. The Diploma of Accounting incorporates Certificate III in Accounts Administration and Certificate IV in Accounting. The Advanced Diploma of Accounting incorporates both certificates and the diploma course.
Kaplan, which is one of the leading business and accounting institutions in Australia with campuses in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, offers Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) and Master of Accounting Studies (MAS) courses. The courses are accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) and are also recognised by the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). Kaplan also offers a Graduate Certificate in Accounting for those without an accounting major but who want to enter the Master Accounting courses.
The range of distance learning or online accounting courses in Adelaide is incredibly diverse. You’ll find anything from bridging courses for bookkeepers to advanced diplomas in accounting and short courses in SAP – Financials: Financial Accounting. Some courses are ASIC (Australian Securities and Investments Commission) RG 146 approved. Distance course providers vary but often include the Australian Institute of Financial Services and Accounting (AIFA) and Open Colleges.
These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to accounting courses in Adelaide. See our range of accounting courses to find even more.