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Professional qualification requirements

Otago Accountancy and Finance students can choose to work towards professional qualifications from CAANZ, CPA Australia, or towards CFA certification. Find out more about academic accreditation requirements below:

CAANZ and CPA Australia academic requirements at Otago

Recommended degree structure for BCom (Accounting) students looking to complete CAANZ or CPA Australia accreditation requirements

Level S1 = Semester One, S2 = Semester Two Points
100 BSNS
111
S1 or S2
BSNS
114
S1 or S2

BSNS
115
S1 or S2

ACCT
102
S1 or S2
BSNS
112
S1 or S2
BSNS
113
S1 or S2
Other

S1 or S2
Other

S1 or S2
144
It is recommended to complete all BSNS papers and ACCT102 in the first year. (It is recommended to take two papers that are relevant to a minor for “Other” papers)
200 ACCT
211
S1
ACCT
222
S1 or S2
ACCT
233
S1
BLAW
211
S1
BLAW
212
S2
90
ACCT 211, 222, and 233 are typically completed in year 2
300 ACCT
302 S1
or
ACCT
307 S2
ACCT
315 S1
or
ACCT
310 S2
ACCT
300
S1 or S2
ACCT 300, or
ACFI 300, or
FINC 300
S1 or S2
ACTP
311
S1 (Audit)
ACTP
312
S2 (Tax)
108
ACCT 302 or 307 and 310 or 315, plus one more 300 level ACCT paper, as well as one further 300 level ACCT, ACFI, or FINC paper is typically completed in year 3.
Any
level
Other 18
Total 360

This is for a 3-year BCom, major in Accounting. If you intend to pursue a double degree, double major or to include a minor, this planner will not suit your needs.

Note 1: In addition to University of Otago paper requirements, both CAANZ and CPA Australia further requirements to gain full professional membership.
Note 2: It is preferable for University of Otago students to complete their Audit and/or Taxation papers at Otago.

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Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) requirements

Otago’s Finance curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to students preparing to sit CFA exams.

The University of Otago does not offer a course of study for CFA exams, but we are a programme partner – one of only 125 universities around the world with this status. This means that Otago’s Finance curriculum is closely tied to professional practice, and is well-suited to students preparing to sit CFA exams.

Read the 2017 Course Planner (PDF, 61KB) if you are a student starting in 2017, or read the 2015-2016 Course Planner (PDF 27KB) if you were a students before 2017, for the optimal combination of papers that can be taken in an Otago BCom majoring in Finance, to maximise content coverage for the Level 1 CFA exam.

Visit the CFA Institute website to find out more about the CFA programme.

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