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Diploma of Accounting

Mentor Education's nationally recognised Diploma of Accounting (FNS50215) is an educational qualification requirement as determined in Tax Agent Services Regulations 2009, which sets the professional qualifications and experience required to become an accountant, registered tax agent, registered BAS agent and tax (financial) adviser.

Employers are increasingly looking for candidates who are equipped to meet the challenges of being a successful accountant, tax and BAS agent and graduate at the leading edge of their field.

This course is ideal for those new to the accounting industry or who will be transferring to a position in the future in which they will be providing BAS, GST and/or accounting services.

Mentor Education's Diploma of Accounting (FNS50215) is trusted by one of the leading professional bodies in accounting representing the interests of more than 26,000 members.

Nationally Recognised Training MYOB Education Partner


Mentor Education’s Diploma of Accounting has been designed for those looking to progress further in their accounting career. This course is provided online, and will provide you with the skills and knowledge to allow you to progress into an entry level position as a:

  • Accounts Clerk
  • Accounts Payable Officer
  • Accounts Receivable Officer
  • Assistant Accountant
  • Senior Bookkeeper

By completing this qualification you will learn how to:

  • Prepare financial reports
  • Prepare tax documentation for individuals
  • Manage budgets and forecasts
  • Develop and use complex spreadsheets
  • Establish and maintain accounting information systems

We recognise that employers are increasingly looking for candidates who are aware of the challenges of being a successful accountant. Often a candidate’s Qualification is the only evidence that they possess the technical skills and knowledge requirements to conduct themselves professionally as an authorised representative.

With a Mentor Education qualification you have confidence in the fact that you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge gained from a credible industry-endorsed program that employs best practice assessment standards, helping you graduate at the leading edge of your chosen field.

Course Outcome(s)

Mentor Education's Diploma of Accounting (FNS50215) is a nationally recognised qualification, complying with the AQF standard and ASQA standards for Registered Training Organisations.

Successful completion of this qualification will help you to:

  • Be awarded and recognised as holding the most current nationally recognised accounting qualification
  • Be recognised for completing units covering GST and BAS which are required to become a registered BAS agent
  • Become a competent user of MYOB, the most widely known and used accounting software in Australia

Who Should Enrol?

Mentor Education’s Diploma of Accounting (FNS50215) is suitable for professionals currently in industry in a bookkeeping or accounting role, looking to validate their existing skills and knowledge with a formal qualification. It is also suitable for those seeking to enter the industry in an accounting role in the future.

  • The course can be tailored to meet the needs of BAS agent, accountants and institutions.
  • It is also appropriate for candidates who currently work in accounting and are seeking a formal qualification.

Course Entry Requirement

This is an open entry course with no pre-requisite qualifications.

In order for you to successfully complete this qualification, it is strongly recommended that students have a strong grasp of computer/technical skills, MYOB installed on their computer, Microsoft Excel installed on their computer, access to a reliable high quality internet connection and literacy/numeracy skills.

Versions of MYOB are available for both Windows-based computers and Mac-based computers, however - it is recommended that students have access to a Windows-based computer and Microsoft Excel, making it easier to follow the Windows-based examples and instructions.

Course Durations

It is expected that students will complete this course within a 24-month period. Students who have extensive industry experience should expect to complete the Diploma of Accounting course in a shorter time period.

Course Outline

DA 1 - Accounting Systems

  • Develop and Use Complex Spreadsheets
  • Establish and Maintain A Cash Accounting System
  • Establish and Maintain An Accrual Accounting System

DA 2 - Individual Tax Returns & Business Performance

  • Provide Financial and Business Performance Information
  • Prepare Tax Documents for Individuals *

DA 3 - Budgets, Forecasts & Corporate Reporting

  • Manage Budgets and Forecasts
  • Prepare Financial Reports for Corporate Entities
  • Process Financial Transactions and Extract Interim Reports

DA 4 - Control Procedures & Management Accounting

  • Implement and Maintain Internal Control Procedures
  • Provide Management Accounting Information
  • Prepare Financial Reports

Units of Competency

Core Units

  • Provide financial and business performance information
  • Prepare tax documents for individuals *
  • Manage budgets and forecasts
  • Prepare financial reports for corporate entities
  • Implement and maintain internal control procedures
  • Provide management accounting information

Elective Units

  • Prepare financial reports
  • Develop and use complex spreadsheets
  • Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
  • Establish and maintain a cash accounting system
  • Establish and maintain an accrual accounting system

* Units included in the Tax Practitioners Board approved course in Australian taxation law


We have designed our assessment activities in line with best practice standards to help you deliver quality advice outcomes to your clients.

There are two forms of assessment:

  • Multiple choice knowledge test
  • Assessment Tasks based on the practical application of concepts learned

Association Membership

After enrolling into this program, you will be provided with a student membership with the Institute of Public Accountants free of charge.

As part of your student membership you will have access to the following benefits:

  • Access to IPA's online Magazine Our Public Accountant Digital Hub
  • Introductions to popular IPA Discussion Groups, held all over Australia, with top speakers on a range of subjects
  • Access to the IPA Linkedin global networking forum, allowing you to network and connect with IPA members
  • Mentoring and work-shadowing opportunities
  • Regular email updates, covering industry news and views
  • Discounted CPE offerings at our IPA offices around Australia
  • Invitations to events and networking forums with top accounting and finance leaders

Once you have completed your studies you will have a chance to upgrade your student membership to become a Graduate Associate of the IPA for $175.00 rather than the standard membership fee of $669.00.


Mentor Education specialises in providing professional education and training services to you anywhere, any-time. We appreciate that learning needs differ for each individual and organisation, which is why we allow you to select the approach that works best for you.

Mentor Education's Diploma of Accounting (FNS50215) is a great choice for individuals who are currently in a bookkeeping, accounting or BAS agent role, and those who are looking to break into the industry. If you want to graduate at the leading edge of this field with the skills and knowledge to get ahead in the industry, then this is the course for you.

  • No hidden costs
  • Self-Paced
  • Start any time
  • Online assessment
  • 1300 phone support


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..Mentor Education’s assistance with helping me with both Diploma of Financial Planning and the Adv. Diploma of Financial Planning has been fantastic. I really appreciate their guidance and assistance with helping me obtain my qualifications. Your prompt email responses to my queries are also greatly appreciated..

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