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Industry Certificate: Production Accounting

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Become a Production Accountant

In this course, delivered 100% online over 12 weeks, you will learn knowledge and skills to prepare you for a career as a Production Accountant for film and screen content production. You will become familiar with and learn how to apply accounting technologies and workflows while developing a strong understanding of the stages of productions and their financial reporting obligations and requirements. You’ll gain specialised skills to work as an assistant production accountant with the aim to fast track to a career to production accounting, or be immediately able to be a production accountant on a low budget production.

Gain an understanding of the financial requirements and reconciliation at each stage of production and an understanding of compliance requirements

Skill up in payroll, accounts payable, petty cash, cost reporting and funding reporting as it relates to screen production

As well as a thorough understanding of the role of the production accountant for a project, you’ll gain skills and knowledge complimentary to production management, producing and/or screen business.

Is the Production Accountant Industry Certificate right for you?

This course is suitable for people with an accounting or bookkeeping background. You’ll already understand double entry bookkeeping and accounting to trial balance. Prior use of standard accounting packages like Zero or MYOB will be an advantage. Good communication skills are also vital for a good Production Accountant as you will be constantly dealing with a variety of people from key creatives to funding agencies.

There is a shortage of production accountants in the screen industry, so if you are someone with the above skills but are keen to work in a more creative field, this might be a good path to follow. There will be some opportunities to explore internships in the industry at the end of the course.

This course is only open to participants 18 years and over.


If you would like an introduction to the role of the production accountant, we run a two-day Production Accounting Fundamentals course. If you are more interested in production management we run Industry Certificates in Production Management for both Scripted and Unscripted productions.

If you have no industry experience and would like to do some introductory study in this area we recommend Intro to Producing and Budgeting Fundamentals.

If you are interested in developing your skills as a producer you may consider our Master of Screen Arts: Producing.

Meet Your Tutors

Jane Corden

Jane Corden is Managing Director of Moneypenny Production Accounting Services, a company specialising in financial solutions for the film, TV…

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What you will need

The course is delivered online through our Online Learning Environment (Moodle) and using Zoom video conferencing. You will also be using specialist Production Accounting and Production software, mydaEs, which you will have access to online through the course.
You will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with camera, sound and a reliable internet connection for the Zoom video sessions.

Course Dates

Enrolments close 10th August 2020, or when the course is full.

Online Sessions: Wednesday evenings, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

  • 12th August, 19th, 26th August
  • 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th September 2020
  • 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th October 2020

Saturdays: 9am to 5pm

  • 15th August 2020
  • 5th, 12th, 26th September


In addition to the sessions above, there are regular weekly exercises and assessment tasks. We recommend allowing at least 8-10 hours per week of study time minimum.

Payment Plan

This course is eligible for a payment plan.

25% to confirm enrolment in the course
25% due 14 days from beginning of course
25% due by the end of week 3 of the course
25% due by the end of week 6 of the course
NOTE: If you enrol 14 – 1 day before course commencement, 50% payment will be required to confirm enrolment.

For more information call 1300 223 877, or register for future offerings.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ** AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled a full refund of course fees will be provided. If you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with us via email that the course will be proceeding before you make your travel bookings. AFTRS is not liable for any travel costs incurred due to course postponement, cancellation, or any other circumstance.

If an attendee wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a fee.

This course is only open to students aged 18 +.

Find out more information about discounts and refunds.

For more Information and to get a copy of the course outline email shortcourses@aftrs.edu.au or phone 1300 223 877.