Course Overview

SMIPA (Accounting) Professional Year Program - Overview

The SMIPA Professional Year program in Accounting is developed by CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Institute of Public Accountants. It provides international Accounting graduates from Australian universities with the practical skills and training required to enhance their career prospects.

As a leading accredited provider with campuses in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth, Performance Education's SMIPA (Accounting) Professional Year program provides Accounting professionals with an additional pathway from university to employment within Australia, offering job readiness training and an invaluable 12 week Accounting Work Integrated Learning (Internship) placement.

The SMIPA (Accounting) Professional Year is an initiative of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIPB) to address Australia’s skills shortage through enhancing the employability of recent international Accounting graduates. Upon completion of the SMIPA Professional Year Program, qualifying candidates may be eligible to receive points towards their permanent residency under the Skilled Migration pathway.


Course Structure

SMIPA (Accounting) Professional Year Program – Course Structure

The SMIPA Professional Year Accounting course is a 44 week program comprising of three stages:

Stage 1: Face to Face Classes

The first stage of the SMIPA Professional Year program encompasses seven 4 week long subjects. It is designed to provide you with the theoretical knowledge and communication skills to successfully integrate into the Australian business setting in the accounting field. Students are required to attend the Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide or Perth campus one day a week. Find out more about the Professional Year subjects.

To support the integration of technology in learning Professional Year students are required to bring their own compatible device to specified classes. The device must be capable of internet searches, creation and saving of .docx files and access to MS PowerPoint is desirable.

Stage 2: Professional Work Integrated Learning Placement (Internship)

To help you apply your learnings and gain workplace experience, you will take part in a 12 week professional internship in the accounting field organised by our specialist internship placement division, Performance Careers. We work with 3,500 host companies across Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. View some of our accounting Professional Year Work Integrated Learning placement opportunities.

Stage 3: Practical Applications

During this final stage of your program you will consolidate your Professional Year classroom studies and accounting internship placement experiences and prepare to successfully begin the next stage of your life – working in your nominated profession of Accounting in Australia. Practical Applications is run on campus in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth, and is unique to the Performance Education Accounting Professional Year Program.


Intake Dates

SMIPA Professional Year Accounting Program – Intake Dates

For your convenience and work/life/study balance, we offer the flexibility to study one day a week with a choice of weekday and weekend days available.

  • Melbourne Accounting Professional Year Course Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
  • Sydney Accounting Professional Year Course Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
  • Adelaide Accounting Professional Year Course Days: Monday, Tuesday, Sunday.
  • Perth Accounting Professional Year Course Days: Sunday.

That means there are 18 guaranteed intake dates every month. We encourage students to apply sooner to ensure they get their preferred day of study. View our 2017/2018 SMIPA Accounting Professional Year Program start dates.

SMIPA Professional Year Course Duration: 44 weeks (minimum) including a 12 week accounting Work Integrated Learning (internship) placement.
Professional Year Class Size: Maximum 25


Entry Requirements

SMIPA (Accounting) Professional Year Program – Entry Requirements

To be eligible for the SMIPA Professional Year in Accounting you must have:

  • Completed a recognised Accounting degree in Australia that provides a minimum of 2 years credit points. This must be completed over a minimum of 18 months
  • Obtained or applied for a Graduate (Temporary) Visa (subclass 485) with a minimum 12 months validity
  • A current IELTS score of 6.0 overall and not less than 6.0 in any skill, or equivalent English test result
  • A Migration Skills Assessment (or evidence of the application thereof) from an accounting professional association



*These promotions are for intakes up till 19th November 2017. Adelaide classes and prices are only for Monday, Tuesday and Sunday. To access this offer, students must submit all the required documents and have the appropriate visa at time of application. The price is only valid for applications received between 23rd October 2017 and date of commencement. Students must commit to a similarly priced study day throughout the duration of their Professional Year. If they want to change their study day, the difference in fees must be paid regardless of when the study day is changed. 


For more information Steven Nguyen for Sydney (email | 02 8036 4291), Jose Ponce for Melbourne (email | 03 9049 9107) or Brendan for Adelaide/Perth (email | 02 8036 4258). Be quick to secure your preferred study day and price!

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