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Up to 18 months
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Potential career outcomes

  • Bookkeeper
  • BAS Agent
  • Payroll Officer
  • Accounts Payable/Receivable
  • Accounts Supervisor

Course description

Bookkeepers are in high demand. Gain the skills and knowledge you need to build a profitable career with our Certificate IV in Bookkeeping (FNS40215). This nationally-recognised course provides the information you’ll need to perform all the crucial bookkeeping functions essential to most businesses. This includes meeting legal and compliance requirements.

Tax professionals and bookkeepers work in one of the most highly regulated industries, so it is important to maintain up-to-date qualifications in this field. This online bookkeeping certification also includes all the competencies provided by the Tax Practitioners Board to become a registered Business Activity Statement agent. Access experienced trainers, quality course materials and work at a pace that suits your lifestyle. Enrol now and start studying online today.

Course Structure

Core units

Prepare financial reports (BSBFIA401)

Complete and submit financial reporting paperwork or computer records as required by your organisation.

Design and produce business documents (BSBITU306)

Keep accurate records of cash flow as needed.

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

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

Carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasks (FNSBKG404)

Follow procedures and complete paperwork and computer records as required by legislation.

Establish and maintain a payroll system (FNSBKG405)

Keep staff members happy with a functional and efficient payroll system.

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

Establish and maintain a cash accounting system (FNSBKG402)

Keep accurate records of cash flow as needed.

Establish and maintain an accrual accounting system (FNSBKG403)

Work within an accrual accounting system and build upon it, or create from scratch if required.

Develop and use complex spreadsheets (BSBITU402)

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

Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities (FNSACC404)

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.

Maintain inventory records (FNSACC405)

Comply with organisational inventory procedures, reconcile inventory records to general ledgers, record inventory flows, prepare schedules and produce ad hoc reports.

Set-up and operate a computerised accounting system (FNSACC406)

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

Contribute to health and safety of self and others (BSBWHS201)

Work in a way that is healthy, in relation to self and others, and respond to emergency incidents.


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