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Industry Certificate: Production Accounting

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Become a Production Accountant

In this course, delivered 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 in the production of 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 a yen to work to 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.

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

During the course there are two mandatory face to face weekend workshops in Sydney, the rest of the course is delivered online through our OLE and using Zoom video conferencing. You will 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 evening Zoom video sessions.

There is regular weekly online work to be completed between face-to-face sessions, we recommend allowing at least 8-10 hours per week of study time.

The Mandatory workshop dates are: 8th & 9th February and 7th & 8th March 2020 at AFTRS in Moore Park, Sydney.

Zoom Video tutorials lecture/tutorials will be held on Monday evenings through the course.

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.

This course is only open to students aged 18 +.

Industry Certificate: Production Accounting Offerings


03 Feb 2020 to 26 Apr 2020
Online + 2 weekends 8th & 9th Feb, 7th & 8th March

Early Bird Industry Price:

This price is available to all Australian screen and broadcast practitioners and includes the early bird discount as it currently more than 28 days from commencement of the course.

Early Bird Course Price:

This is the standard course price and includes the early bird discount as it currently more than 28 days from commencement of the course.

AFTRS, Building 130, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park NSW 2021

For more information call 1300 131 461, 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.

Find out more information about discounts and refunds.