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Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

Course delivery by Training College of Australia


  • Online: $1950
  • Distance learning: $2860

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Course description

The Certificate IV in Bookkeeping FNS40211 is a nationally recognised qualification that's ideal for aspiring and practising bookkeepers and BAS (Business Activity Statement) agents.

This course will train you to set up and maintain computerised accounting systems, prepare financial statements and carry out payroll procedures. It also includes competencies stipulated by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) for registered BAS (Business Activity Statement) agents and TASA content.

Available as an online course or through distance learning, it offers that flexible study at home option. Upon successful completion, you will also have the advantage of a qualification that is recognised by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers. You have 12 months for completion, if required.

By completing the full course, your qualification could lead to a new career or you can use it towards further studies. Our experienced trainers (Accountants) are available if you need guidance as you progress through your course. After completing this Certificate IV course you can then go on to the Cert IV in Accounting and even the Diploma of Accounting.

If you already have some experience in bookkeeping you may decide to jump straight into the Cert IV in Accounting.

Potential career paths:

  • Small business bookkeeper
  • BAS Agent
  • Contract or staff bookkeeper
  • Trainee Accountant

The Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) will recognise the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping FNS40211 as having met the educational requirements to register as a BAS (Business Activity Statement) agent. This course meets the TPB's current educational requirements for registered BAS agents, as well as the new requirements effective from 1 March 2012. Additional eligibility criteria apply.

Your should visit the TPB website at www.tpb.gov.au for more information on becoming a BAS agent, Bookkeeper or Accountant.

Course Structure

Total number of units: 13 being 6 core units plus 7 elective units

Core Units:

  • BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports
  • BSBITU306 Design and produce business documents
  • FNSBKG401 Develop and implement policies and procedures relevant to bookkeeping activities
  • FNSBKG404 Carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasks**
  • FNSBKG405 Establish and maintain a payroll system**
  • FNSINC401 Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry

Elective Units:

  • FNSACC302A Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers

Electives Group A

  • FNSBKG402 Establish and maintain a cash accounting system
  • FNSBKG403* Establish and maintain an accrual accounting system

Electives Group B

  • FNSACC301 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
  • FNSACC302 Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers

Electives Group C

  • BSBCUS301 Deliver and monitor a service to customers
  • BSBCUS403 Implement customer service standards
  • BSBFRA301 Work within a franchise
  • BSBFRA403 Manage relationship with franchisor
  • BSBITU402 Develop and use complex spreadsheets
  • BSBSMB405 Monitor and manage small business operations
  • BSBSMB412 Introduce cloud computing into business operations
  • BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
  • BSBWOR501 Manage personal work priorities and professional development
  • BSBWRT301 Write simple documents
  • FNSACC303 Perform financial calculations
  • FNSACC404 Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities
  • FNSACC405 Maintain inventory records
  • FNSACC406 Set up and operate a computerised accounting system

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