Bookkeeping and Accounting Courses

Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

Course Code: FNS40215

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Quick Facts

Course Code: FNS40215
(for Course Units click here)
Course Name: Certificate IV in Bookkeeping
Course Duration: Up to 12 Months (Self-Paced)
Delivery Method: Online Learning via Inspire Education (RTO# 32067)
Career Pathways: Contract Bookkeeper, Certified Bookkeeper, Accounts Receivable or Payable Clerk, General Clerical Assistant, Payroll Clerk, Small Business Bookkeeper, Manage your Own Accounts (if self-employed or small business owner).


Certificate IV in Bookkeeping Course Outcomes

The Certificate IV in Bookkeeping course will assist you in developing the principle skills you need to be a professional in the financial industry. You’ll learn bookkeeping basics all the way up to advanced skills such as the production of business documents, implementation of bookkeeping policies and how to contribute to business bookkeeping systems.

You will also learn how to prepare and maintain both financial and inventory records, establish cash and accrual accounting systems and carry out tasks associated with business activity and installment activity statements.

Completing your Certificate IV Bookkeeping course is an important step towards a challenging, yet rewarding career!

Certification Outcomes

Once you complete this Certificate IV in Bookkeeping course, you will fulfill one of the minimum training requirement options for BAS agent registration with Australia’s Tax Practitioners Board (TPB). This bookkeeping course also includes 2 units in GST/BAS principles and Payroll which are recognised by the TPB and assessed using TPB approved methods. As a result, you can complete all the training requirements for BAS agent registration with just this one course!

Course Pathways

Before Studying the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

This is an ideal course to develop your bookkeeping skills to use in the financial services industry. This bookkeeping course aims to enhance your skills and continue your growth in the financial services field. It is suitable for anyone who has already completed the Certificate III in Accounts Administration, or a similar qualification. It may also be a new career path if you have studied courses like the Certificate III or IV in Business Administration and want to develop more skills or specialise in bookkeeping.

After Studying the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

After completing this course, you can continue to develop your skills with the Diploma of Accounting. The Diploma will help you develop the abilities you need to tackle roles like assistant accountant, supervisor of accounting, executive officer in accounting or company bookkeeper. You can use the Diploma of Accounting to fulfill some of the educational requirements for tax agent registration which will allow you to complete personal and company tax returns.

Complementary Training

Other courses you might find useful:

  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment – to become a financial services trainer or enhance your workplace training skills.

Certificate IV in Bookkeeping Training Structure

The Certificate IV in Bookkeeping – FNS40215 is a nationally recognised and accredited Australian bookkeeping qualification comprised of 6 core units and 7 electives (13 units total).

Core Units

FNSINC401 – Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry
FNSBKG401 – Develop and implement policies and practices relevant to bookkeeping activities
FNSBKG404 – Carry out Business Activity and Installment Activity Statement tasks
FNSBKG405 – Establish and maintain a payroll system
BSBFIA401 – Prepare financial reports
BSBITU306 – Design and produce business documents

Elective Units

BSBWHS201 – Contribute to health and safety of self and others
FNSACC303
– Perform financial calculations
FNSBKG402 – Establish and maintain a Cash Accounting System
FNSBKG403 – Establish and maintain a Accrual Accounting System
FNSACC405 – Maintain inventory records
FNSACC406 – Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
BSBITU402 – Develop and use complex spread sheets

Assessment Methods

These course units are assessed using a range of methods, including written questioning, problem solving in scenarios or simulated activities, projects, case studies, research, other written activities, and by gathering and creating documents.

Nominal Hours

It is expected to take about 600 hours to complete all the units for this course. If you study at a steady pace over 12 months, that is around 12 hours of study per week.

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites to study the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping.

You will need to:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a reasonable level of literacy and numeracy (at least year 10 English and Maths or equivalent).
  • Have basic computer skills and be able to use applications like Word and Excel.

Preferably you will have some financial services industry experience OR hold a Certificate III in Accounts Administration.

Support and Resources

The Certificate IV in Bookkeeping course is delivered by Inspire Education (RTO #32067). Throughout your course, you will have the support of Inspire’s experienced bookkeeping trainers, as well as access to their excellent resources and learning materials to assist you in gaining your qualification.

Inspire Education will provide you with:

  • Online Course Materials and Resources
  • Templates, Samples and Simulated Data
  • Australian Accounting and Auditing Standards
  • Online Forums and Student Community
  • Student Edition of MYOB Software
  • Ongoing Trainer Support via Phone and Student Messaging System

You will need to make sure you have:

  • Access to a Computer (PC or Mac) with Internet (ADSL 2+ and Google Chrome is recommended)
  • Latest Adobe Flash Player
  • Latest Adobe Acrobat Reader (Essential for Mac Users)
  • Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Webcam and USB Headset (if you wish to participate in webinars)
  • Skype, Radmin and Team Viewer (free downloads)
  • Basic Calculator
  • Downloaded materials from the ATP and TPB

Ambition Training Institute is responsible for the quality of training and assessment provided and for the issuing of all qualifications and statements of attainment. Any changes to the arrangements will be communicated to students.

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have work experience in the financial services industry or have completed relevant training in the past, you can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL). The RPL process begins after enrolment – simply indicate you’d like to apply for RPL on your enrolment form and a trainer will send you an RPL kit and discuss your RPL opportunities. To receive RPL, you will need to provide up to date evidence of the competencies required for this qualification.

For policies on refunds, extensions, other fees, complaints, appeals, replacement certificates or statements of attainment, please see the Ambition Training Institute Student Handbook.