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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. Led by industry experts from Entertainment Partners powered by Moneypenny.

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?

AFTRS Industry Certificates are practical and outcome focussed non-award short courses. The curriculum is developed and delivered by industry experts, and mapped to media industry roles and skills requirements. Industry Certificate short courses involve relevant theory, hands-on learning, career specific advice, and practical exercises which include individual feedback for students. They will give you skills and knowledge to succeed in this increasingly competitive landscape.

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 Xero 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.

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 have no industry experience and would like to do some introductory study in this area we recommend Intro to Producing & Screen Business 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

Jill Hewitt

Jill Hewitt has worked for Moneypenny Services since 1989. Starting out as an accounts assistant she then worked her way…

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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 entirely online through our Online Learning Environment (Moodle) and using Zoom video conferencing, over 12 weeks. You will also be using Moneypenny specialist production accounting and production software which you will have access to online through the course.

You will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a camera, sound and a reliable internet connection for the Zoom video sessions.

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.

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This course is for students aged 18+ only.

If a student 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 penalty.

AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled by AFTRS prior to commencement a 100% refund or credit note of the course fees paid will be provided.

Should AFTRS need to cancel a course after commencement, but before its completion, reasonable efforts will be made to reschedule. If rescheduling is not feasible, it is at AFTRS sole discretion to issue either full or partial credit notes depending on the circumstances.

AFTRS will make every effort to ensure the scheduled run of any course.

If you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with AFTRS that the course is confirmed before you make your travel bookings. This decision is dependent on course enrolments meeting minimum numbers. AFTRS is not liable for any travel or accommodation costs incurred through course cancellation at any time for any reason.

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