Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping [FNS40217]

Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping (CRICOS Course Code: 097766G)

This qualification reflects the job roles of workers in the accounting industry, including BAS Agents and contract bookkeepers; and of those employees performing bookkeeping tasks for organisations in a range of industries. It includes preparing and lodging business and instalment activity statements, and providing advice or dealing with the Commissioner on behalf of a taxpayer in relation to activity statements. Individuals in these roles apply theoretical and specialist knowledge and skills to work autonomously, and exercise judgement in completing routine and non-routine activities.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Work functions in the occupational areas where this qualification may be used are subject to regulatory requirements. Refer to the FNS Financial Services Training Package Companion Volume Implementation Guide or the relevant regulator for specific guidance on requirements. Persons providing a business activity statement (BAS) service for a fee or other reward must be registered by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) and this qualification is currently cited as meeting the TPB education requirements for registration. Other conditions apply, including a designated period of experience. Persons seeking BAS agent registration should check current registration requirements with the TPB, as registration requirements are reviewed regularly.

Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • Accounts Officer
  • Accounts Supervisor
  • Bookkeeper

After achieving the FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping, students may undertake further study to Diploma of Accounting Level

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. Learners are over 18 years of age. All international students must be able to demonstrate an IELTS 5.5 level of English language or equivalent. They have either completed their education to a level which is equivalent to an Australian Senior High School, College or University

Course Duration

This program is delivered 20 hours /week full time study face-to-face, entirely off-the-job at SIBN campus through a combination of face-to-face trainer-led classes and practical classes involving small group and individual activities.

  • Calendar Year: Thirty -nine (39) weeks
  • Academic Year: Thirty (30) weeks
  • Term breaks: 3x3 weeks
  • Allocated hours: 600 contact hours

Core Unit

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 instalment activity statements
FNSTPB402 Establish and maintain payroll systems

Elective Units

BSBWHS201 Contribute to health & safety of self and others
FNSACC412 Prepare operational budgets
FNSACC411 Process business tax requirements
FNSACC405 Maintain inventory records
FNSACC414 Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities


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