Course Overview

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Course price
Payment options
Upfront, payment plan
Funding available
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Start date
Anytime – start today
Course duration
Up to 18 months
Support available
Online, Telephone
Study mode

Potential career outcomes

  • BAS Agent
  • Accounts Payable / Receivable
  • Payroll Officer
  • Accounts Assistant

Course description

Looking for a way to kickstart your career in accounting? Our Certificate IV in Accounting (FNS40611) covers the basic skills and knowledge you need to launch into this dynamic field. This nationally-recognised course teaches you to perform duties like completing Business Activity Statements, using accounting software and preparing complex reports.

Tax and accounting professionals work in one of the most highly regulated industries, so it is important to maintain up-to-date qualifications in this field. This accounting certificate also includes all the competencies provided by the Tax Practitioners Board to become a registered BAS agent. With experienced trainers on-hand and quality course materials online, you can work at a pace that fits your lifestyle. This means you can study anywhere, anytime.

Course Structure

Core units

Process financial transactions and extract interim reports (FNSACC301A)

Prepare and process routine financial documents, prepare journal entries, post journals to ledgers, prepare, bank and reconcile financial receipts, and prepare trial balance and interim reports.

Make decisions in a legal context (FNSACC403B)

Make decisions that show a base understanding of commercial law and Australian legal systems and processes.

Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities (FNSACC404A)

Develop a range of commonly required financial reports for entities that do not have a legal duty to file such documents with government agencies or regulators.

Set-up and operate a computerised accounting system (FNSACC406A)

Modify and operate an integrated computerised accounting system. This includes processing transactions within the system, maintenance, producing reports and ensuring system integrity.

Carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasks (FNSBKG404A)

Carry out tasks relating to business and instalment activity statements, including the completion of these statements.

Prepare financial reports (BSBFIA401A)

Record general journal adjustment entries and to prepare end of period financial reports. This includes maintaining an asset register and preparing final general ledger accounts.

Design and produce business documents (BSBITU306A)

Design and produce various business documents and publications.

Contribute to health and safety of self and others (BSBWHS201A)

Understand how to participate in workplace health and safety processes to protect employees own health and safety, and that of others.

Participate in occupational health and safety processes (BSBOHS301A)

Work in a safe and secure manner to protect health and safety.

Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry (FNSINC401)

Follow set guidelines as required to in a professional and competent manner.

Elective units

Maintain inventory records (FNSACC405A)

Comply with organisational inventory procedures, reconcile inventory records to general ledgers.

Establish and maintain a payroll system (FNSBKG405A)

Process payroll from provided data both manual and computerised systems.

Develop and use complex spreadsheets (BSBITU402A)

Use spreadsheet software to complete business tasks and produce complex documents.

Develop and implement policies and procedures relevant to bookkeeping activities (FNSBKG401)

Run a tight ship with solid repeatable systems that are easy to follow.


There are no formal education prerequisites for this course. But the Bookkeeping School does prefer that you have completed Certificate III in Financial Services or a minimum of two years financial industry experience prior to enrolment.

English requirements

In this online course, you will need to read comprehensive learner workbooks and textbooks, undertake a range of written assessments and independent research activities, and engage in online forums and discussions.

Entry requires the successful completion of Year 10 level English. If you have not achieved this, you can demonstrate this knowledge by:

  • Completion of a nationally-recognised training qualification at a Certificate III level or higher
  • 3 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication
  • completing our pre-course commencement Literacy, Language and Numeracy assessment

Computer requirements

  • A modern up to date internet browser
  • Adobe Flash player plug in
  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Printer and associated software
  • Scanner and associated software