(FNS40217) Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

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Course Overview

  • This qualification reflects the job roles of workers in the accounting industry, including BAS Agents and contract bookkeepers
  • Learn the basics of current accounting and financial practices from industry experts
  • Develop skills and knowledge in accounting and bookkeeping tasks that can be applied to a number of industries

A career in accounting and financial services is one of the most useful choices a person can make. Accounting is the backbone to all businesses and is a language that crosses international borders. People with a TasTAFE accounting and finance qualification can be found working in a range of organisations in Australia and in overseas countries. These organisations include small businesses, public sector organisations, not for profit organisaitons, public accounting firms, banks, building societies, finance companies, larger corporations, and local government.

This course will provide you with knowledge of accounting concepts and theories of accounting. You will be taught skills and knowledge about the computerised application of accounting practices; accrual accounting; preparing basic financial reports, budgeting principles; communication, use of cloud computing in business operations; completion of business activity and instalment activity statements and processing business tax requirements.

This qualification would suit:

  • Those who require bookkeeping skills to commence work in the industry
  • Those who require the qualification as part of the progression to be a registered bookkeeper or be a member of one of the professional bookkeeping associations
  • Those who want to go on to further study in accounting and finance

Make the most of your critical thinking and problem solving skills and take the next step in your accounting career with TasTAFE.

AQF Code
Course Duration
22 weeks
Intake Dates
February, July
Study Mode
Full Time, on campus
Course Fee
$7,500 (price includes all materials)
English Language Requirements
IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent
Required Prior Study
Certificate III in Accounts Administration

Career Opportunities

This qualification may lead to work in business or the financial services sector in job roles such as:

  • Small business bookkeeper
  • Office Manager
  • BAS Agent
  • Contract or staff bookkeeper
  • Senior Clerk
  • Trainee Accountant

Course Structure

FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping comprises 13 units, packaged as 8 core (mandatory) units and 5 elective units.  All units must be completed successfully to gain the qualification.

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

Assessment Process

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.

Throughout all assessments, Occupational Health & Safety procedures must be followed. Assessment methods may include:

  • Preparing financial records and reports for simulated business situations
  • Being observed performing practical assignments
  • On-line quizzes and tasks
  • Completing short answer questions
  • Completing supervised assessments
  • Performing tasks demonstrating the use of accounting and other business software

All units in this qualification include employability skills of:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Initiative and enterprise
  • Planning and organising
  • Self-management

What will I need to bring?

Students will need to provide the following items:

  • Folder
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • USB
  • Email address

Entry Requirements

  • IELTS 5.5 General Training (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent.

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster, saving you valuable time and money.

Pathways to further study

Diploma of Accounting



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