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We take your success as a student of The Career Academy seriously!

Our students receive a very high level of support from our course tutors. Click here to meet our team.

Meet our team at The Career Academy

Our tutors are highly experienced in teaching online education and supporting students to encourage them to complete their course in order to improve their career prospects.

We’re committed to providing world class customer service for our students

All our staff are committed to helping students at The Career Academy achieve their career goals and dreams.

Westpac Business Awards Finalist Award for Excellence in C ustomer Service

The Career Academy received a finalist reward for Excellence in Customer Service at the Westpac Business Awards! Michael Barnett (centre) Chief Executive of the Chamber of Commerce presented the award to Daniel Hunt (left), Managing Director & CEO of The Career Academy.


The Career Academy

The Career Academy is New Zealand's leading provider of online courses. Our education driven team of developers and tutors are located in Parnell, Auckland. We are committed to providing exceptional online courses and personal tutor support. We offer a range of specialist courses to improve job performance. Our focus is on mentoring, inspiring and supporting people through training so their career or business can reap the rewards. The Career Academy’s course delivery is flexible, so our students can study with minimal disruption to their daily life. We offer flexible payment plans so anyone wanting to learn has the opportunity no matter their circumstances. Our tutors are either qualified in the National Certificate in Adult Education and Training or currently completing this qualification. Follow us on LinkedIn

Our Vision

We aim to provide our students with an outstanding online learning experience that will empower them to embrace new opportunities and advance their career.

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Our promise to you!

We believe the most important part of a promise is not the making of the promise, but rather the keeping of it. We work hard to meet our students’ expectations and strive to deliver high quality educational support to help candidates learn new skills and become qualified.

We promise:

  • To deliver a range of interactive online courses with relevant, up to date content developed by industry experts of educational support specifically developed to meet the different needs of our students.
  • Our tutors are highly experienced in teaching online education and supporting students to encourage them to complete their course in order to improve their career prospects..
  • To listen. We want to hear from you; let us know what we’re getting right as well as what we can improve on. See course reviews and testimonials.

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Daniel Hunt – Managing Director & CEO

Daniel Hunt is a qualified chartered accountant, business advisor and the founder of The Career Academy. Daniel completed his postgraduate qualifications while working at PriceWaterhouse Coopers and was selected for a NZ Herald article promoting accounting as a profession. During this time he was encouraged to pursue teaching in business, accounting and bookkeeping, and saw a need for people other than those working toward a tertiary qualification to receive high quality education.

Daniel has been a writer for earlier versions of the Chartered Accountants Program which is delivered by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. This is a professional program which is completed by almost 4,000 aspiring chartered accountants each year. He has also contributed to a number of accounting and taxation articles published by the NZ Herald, contributed to a number of text books and works closely with the New Zealand Bookkeepers Association, Xero and MYOB to provide training & education for bookkeepers and business owners.

Daniel has worked for a significant number of New Zealand Tertiary Institutions to gain his experience including:

  • Auckland Univertity of Technology (Lecturer 4 + years)
  • Lincoln University (Lecturer)
  • Massey University (guest lecturer and expert marker)
  • Auckland University (guest lecturer and expert marker)
  • Unitec Institute of Technology (Lecturer 4+ years)
  • Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) (Lecturer)
  • UUNZ (RPL Assessor)
  • CPIT (now Ara) (provision of course content and marking)
  • Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) - Lecturer
  • NorthTec - Lecturer
  • Otago Polytechnic - Lecturer
  • Aroaki Polytechnic (video conferencing workshop)
  • Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) - Online course tutor and content developer
  • Waiaraki Institute of Technology (provision of course content)
  • Winter (provision of course content)
  • Whitireia Polytechnic - lecturer

Daniel has been involved in developing and delivering courses at multiple levels and has a passionate interest in distance and online education.

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Tony Adams – Tutor Manager

tony-2Tony qualified as a chartered accountant in London with KPMG before moving into teaching the CA qualification to PWC, EY, Deloitte and KPMG graduates. Prior to KPMG, he spent an enviable few years teaching sailing on an island from a beach in the Mediterranean.

What he enjoys the most about his role is the problem solving, trying to come up with constant improvements for the students learning environment and he thrives on giving high quality feedback for students. The most satisfactory aspect of his role is watching the tutor team work their socks off and consistently delivering an outstanding level of helpful and supportive feedback to every student that passes through the Career Academy.

Tony grew up in London and spent most of his youth sailing on the South Coast of the UK, he’s looking to start sailing the 12ft skiffs in Auckland harbour. He wants to improve on his surfing and has recently started open water swimming which is pretty apt given his poor surfing ability.

Andy Leader – Expert Trainer from QED Associates

Andy has extensive experience in quality management of education and training. He has personally assisted over 40 training providers with a full range of quality provision and compliance such as; NZQA Regulation; Course Approval and Accreditation. Andy works with QED Associates who
works closely with The Career Academy tutor staff to ensure they are adequately trained and qualified to deliver quality education to students.

QED provide ongoing training for our tutorial staff and have supported them in unit standard and non-unit standard assessment and moderation.



Zac de Silva – Chairman

Zac de SilvaZac is a goal-orientated business coach focusing on growing profitability, strategy, cashflow & owner/manager performance. He's won International Coach of the Year 2 years in a row.

Having been a chartered accountant/CFO has helped with the commercial-nous aspect of business. He likes to pass on his experience having ran  "Best Workplace in NZ 2009" (MD of Barker's).
He's a big believer in customer experience, both internal and external. He was the first ever winner of the MYOB Awesome Customer Service Award in 2008 when running (as MD) Barkers Mens Clothing.

He's passionate about helping/teaching clients, often getting high ratings as a speaker at conferences and is able to facilitate workshops spanning a range of subjects. Zac is passionate about education and The Career Academy and has played a large part in the success of the firm. In May 2017, Zac was appointed Chairman of Career Academy Global (which includes Career Academy in New Zealand, Australia, UK and Ireland).

Jessie Nankivell – Academic Manager

Jessie is a Chartered Accountant and one of life's natural engineers. If something's broken, she'll fix it. This strong personality trait was well-honed during her time with Xero, and now she's always looking for ways to improve processes for staff and students alike*. This not only helps people understand their learning concepts and have a positive experience with their studies, but provides Jessie with tremendous job satisfaction.

Her best piece of advice to anyone considering a course with The Career Academy? "That's a great idea! Online learning means you can work at your own pace around work and life commitments. Our tutors are genuinely here to help; if you need a hand, all you have to do is ask."

David Parasol, Strategic Advisor and Director of International Operations

David Parasol is the managing director of CT Solutions. CT Solutions works closely with The Career Academy in offering high qualify CA Program support to candidates. David has written Management Accounting material for the earlier versions of the CA Program and was previously involved in writing and delivering training sessions for the Institute of Chartered Accountants. David provides strategic direction and advice for The Career Academy.


Murray Taylor, Strategic Advisor

Murray Taylor is the former New Zealand General Manager Members of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ). Murray’s involvement with CA ANZ and it’s predecessor organisations spans over twenty years with time spent on various committees and eight years as an elected Councillor for the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. Murray’s contribution to the accountancy profession was recognised with a Fellowship in 2011.

Having joined NZICA as an Accounting Technician and then progressing through the various colleges CA ANZ offers Murray is a true believer in the value of ongoing education.

Outside of CA ANZ Murray’s experience has been gained working in a number a New Zealand’s leading corporate organisations including Carter Holt Harvey, Fletcher Building and latterly Northpower. In his personal time Murray likes to keep fit cycling and is an active surf lifedsaver.

Philip Keeling – Co-Founder/Educational Consultant

Philip Keeling was the General Manager of the education division at NZICA (now CAANZ). Philip worked with the Institute to develop and deliver earlier versions of the CA Program. He was responsible for the development, delivery and assessment of the Program.  Philip brings a wealth of experience to the Prep2Pass program and enjoys seeing candidates succeed in their studies

We’re qualified in Adult Education and Training

The Career Academy is an Approved Training Organisation, certified by the New Zealand Bookkeepers Association, Xero, MYOB, Reckon, New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, International Live Events Association, Accountants and Tax Agents Institute of New Zealand and the Association of Administrative Professionals New Zealand. The International Association for Counselling has approved us as an Education Institute Member and the Institute of Hospitality has endorsed our Hospitality & Tourism courses. We are also an Approved Training Employer, certified by Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and have been approved as a CPA Australia Recognised Employer Partner. Many of our courses are Internationally accredited by ICOES, the International Council for Online Educational Standards, which guarantees you a high standard of content with measurable outcomes from an ethically run training organisation. The Career Academy is Internationally Recognised by the International Accreditation & Recognition Council and is a Registered Service Provider with NZTE Regional Business Partners Network.