Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping
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  • This course allows students to develop their knowledge and skills in order to create further educational and/or employment opportunities.
  • This course allows students to complete specialized tasks and functions in accounting and bookkeeping.
  • The aim of this course is to develop the knowledge and skills required by job roles in financial services and other industries requiring accounting support functions.
  • Individuals in these roles apply theoretical and specialist knowledge and skills to work autonomously and exercise judgment in completing routine and non-routine activities.
Other Relevant Courses A student who successfully completes this course may progress onto:
  • FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting or other related courses at Diploma level in the Financial Services Training Package.


* A free MYOB education version will be included in this course.

FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping consists of 13 units (8 core units and 5 elective units).

Core Units

  • BSBFIA401    Prepare financial reports  
  • BSBSMB412   Introduce cloud computing into business operations  
  • FNSACC311    Process financial transactions and extract interim reports  
  • FNSACC312   Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers  
  • FNSACC408   Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry  
  • FNSACC416   Set up and operate a computerised accounting system  
  • FNSTPB401*    Complete business activity and installment activity statements  
  • FNSTPB402*    Establish and maintain payroll systems

Elective Units

  • BSBITU402   Develop and use complex spreadsheets
  • BSBWRT301  Write simple documents  
  • FNSACC405   Maintain inventory records  
  • FNSACC412   Prepare operational budgets  
  • FNSACC414   Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities


*These units are designed to meet the educational requirements of the Tax Practitioner Board (TPB). (As part of TPB requirement to register as a BAS agent you will need to complete 40% of your assessment under independent supervision.)


Upon successful completion of all the required units of this course, students will receive a nationally recognised qualification of FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping, and a Statement of Attainment.

Students who do not complete all required units may be eligible for a Statement of Attainment in partial completion of a FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping.

Employment Pathway

  • Accounts Administrator
  • Payroll Officer
  • Superannuation Administrator
  • Lending Administrator


Up to 6 months

Students will be required to undertake online learning activities, independent study and assessment activities completed in their own time for approximately 8 hours per week. Total course study commitment is 4 hours/week * 26 weeks = 104 hours.

The indicated hours are approximate as the amount of time different students spend on independent study/open book assessment will vary with individual learner needs and students own individual contexts.

A 3-month extension is available upon application.


  • Knowledge questions
  • Case study/Roleplay
  • Reports
  • Simulated workplace environment

Methods also include simulated workplace environments whereby workplace environments and conditions are simulated and students’ complete tasks to workplace standards. Students must record their performance in simulated workplace environments and submit these to the institute.

*Unit FNSTPB401 and FNSTPB402 are designed to meet the educational requirements of the Tax Practitioner Board (TPB). (As part of TPB requirement to register as a BAS agent you will need to complete 40% of your assessment under independent supervision.)


  • Students must be at least 18 years of age at the time of enrolment.
  • There are no formal educational entry requirements.
  • The student is requested to complete an LLN (language, literacy, and numeracy) assessment and to submit together with the course application prior to the enrolment, the result will be used to determine if the student possesses the required levels of LLN skills to undertake the course. 
  • The student is required to complete a Pre-Training Review Form and submit together with the course application prior to enrolment, and it is used to collect the information that will be analyzed to determine if the course is appropriate for addressing the students’ learning needs.
  • The student needs to have basic capability of manipulating computer and web browser.


  • A computer (Windows recommended) with internet and web browser access
  • Word/text processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software installed (e.g. Microsoft Office)
  • PDF reader

Delivery Method

The course is delivered via online learning. Students also undertake independent study and assessment activities in addition to online learning activities. Examples of online learning activities include reading subject content, undertaking tasks, watching/reading PowerPoint presentations. Independent study activities include research, reading, practicing applying knowledge and skills learned, and preparing for and undertaking assessment tasks.

Time & Venue

Enrol anytime, study anywhere


  • All students are provided with the opportunity to have their prior learning and experience assessed against current standards and gain recognition for this. (Recognition of Prior Learning – RPL)
  • Students who have successfully completed whole units of competency included in this course can apply for Credit Transfer.
  • Credit Transfer and RPL application processes are provided to students in pre-enrolment information in accordance with the policy and procedure.
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