Accreditation and professional bodies

The School of Accounting and Commercial Law is accredited by a number of prestigious bodies.

Faculty accreditation

Wellington School of Business and Government is the first Faculty in New Zealand to have obtained accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in both Business and Accounting, and fewer than 2 percent of business schools worldwide hold this distinguished hallmark of excellence.

Prior to gaining AACSB accreditation the Faculty already held AMBA accreditation for the Victoria University of Wellington MBA programme. Since gaining AACSB accreditation, the Faculty has also been awarded EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development.

The Business School is also among just 1 percent of business schools worldwide that hold the 'Triple Crown' of international accreditations:

Accreditation by professional accounting bodies

Accounting, like other professions such as law and medicine, has professional bodies. These bodies regulate members' behaviour, promote issues relevant to the profession and determine the entry requirements for membership of their organisations.

The accounting professional bodies which Victoria University of Wellington is accredited by are:

Each professional body has different requirements that must be met before full membership of the body can be obtained. These requirements cover three areas:

  1. University study (both length of study and papers required to be taken);
  2. Professional study; and
  3. Professional experience.

To meet the academic requirements, you will need to complete at least a BCom degree with a major in Accounting. In addition, you need to include specific courses in your degree.

For further information on meeting these academic requirements, refer to the section on the Accounting Profession and careers. For information on the professional study and practical experience requirements, refer to the professional body websites linked above.