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AccountantAlternative titles

Kaikaute Pūtea

This job is sometimes referred to as:

Accounting Technician
Management Accountant
Taxation Accountant

Accountants provide accounting systems and services relating to taxation and the financial dealings of organisations and individuals. They also advise on associated record-keeping and compliance requirements.

Contact us

Call us on 0800 222 733

Entry requirements

To become an accountant you need to have a commerce degree majoring in accounting or finance.

Most people working in accountancy are members of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA), and employers prefer this.

To become a chartered accountant with the NZICA you must:

  • complete four years of academic study at an NZICA-approved tertiary education institution
  • complete three years of workplace experience
  • pass a postgraduate professional competency programme, which includes workshops and two NZICA exams.

To retain membership of the NZICA accountants must complete 20 hours of training a year by attending courses, seminars and presentations.

Accounting technician entry requirements

To become an accounting technician you need to complete two years of tertiary study. This could be either:

  • a New Zealand Diploma in Business, or
  • degree-level study including coverage of required accounting and business topics.

Accounting technicians must also complete one year of relevant accounting experience before, during or after they complete their tertiary study.

Secondary education

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include accounting, economics, English and maths with statistics and/or calculus.

Personal requirements

Accountants need to be:

  • methodical and accurate, with a good eye for detail
  • able to work well under pressure
  • honest and responsible
  • skilled in analysing and interpreting information
  • skilled in organising and planning
  • good problem-solvers
  • good communicators and able to deal well with people.

Useful experience

Useful experience for accountants includes:

  • accounts and auditing work
  • work in information and technology
  • work in offices and administration.


Membership with the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants is recommended.

Related courses

View information on courses in the course database

Find out more about training

New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA)
04 474 7840 - customer@nzica.com - www.nzica.com 


years of training required

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To become an accountant you need to have a commerce degree majoring in accounting or finance

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Accountants need to have good communication skills

Updated 6 Nov 2014