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What is Professional Year?

The Accounting Professional Year Program (Accounting PYP – formerly
SMIPA) is a Professional Year Program developed by the Institute of
Chartered Accountants, CPA Australia and the Institute of Public Accountants.

The Professional Year Program is designed to improve the career prospects of
international accounting graduates from Australian universities.

Accounting Professional Year Program Approved by:

Program Components

The Professional Year in Accounting is a 44 week program. It includes the following:

Task Schedule Subject
Orientation Week 1
  • Program Overview
  • Accounting job market analysis
  • Program requirements
Australian Business Enviroment & Workplace Culture 15 Weeks
  • Understand workplace culture differences
  • Develop an effective resume & Job interview skills
  • Develop career management and job search strategies
Professional Communication Skills and Working In a Team 15 Weeks
  • Use of verbal, non-verbal and written communications skills as a professional accountant
  • How to work and interact with work colleagues, supervisors, clients, ATO (Australian Tax Office – representatives), ASIC and other third parties
  • Understand the preparation of routine documentation and requirements in relation to accurate and timely record keeping
Professional Internship Work Experience 12 Weeks
  • Perform, complete and apply accounting and compliance skills into tasks assigned by the employer
  • Understand and apply firm’s systems and procedures on a daily basis
  • Understand and apply time management procedures in a workplace
  • Follow the legislation in firms such as occupational health and workplace safety regulations
Graduation and Conclusion Week 44
  • Program review and achievement
  • Supporting services and resource
  • Awards Ceremony
  • Feedback
Practical Accounting In House Training
  • Systems and procedures used in accounting firms and their accounting function
  • Supervisors, employers and industry work requirements and expectations
  • Issues and problem solving for clients
  • Use of accounting software including tax accountant software in daily works


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