(FNS40615) Certificate IV in Accounting

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CRICOS ID -090774G
Course Duration – 21 weeks
Course Fee – AU$6,800
Location – Hobart, Launceston 
Intake Dates – February, July


Course Overview

This qualification is designed to provide skills for those carrying out functions that involve financial reporting, managerial reporting and ensuring compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements. It is an appropriate course for people who want some legal and accounting background knowledge in order to make more informed judgements.

This qualification builds on the entry-level skills learnt in the Certificate III in Accounts Administration by adding the skills of using accounting applications for different forms of business organisations, the business essentials of tax, and legal essentials.

This qualification would suit:

  • Those who have completed the Certificate III in Accounts Administration and are on a pathway to gain higher level accounting qualifications in the TasTAFE system or a Degree at University level
  • Those currently working in the accounting and finance industry who require a mix of recognition for their existing skills together with training and assessment in skill and knowledge gaps
  • Those who require the qualification as part of progression to be a registered bookkeeper or be a member of one of the professional bookkeeping associations
  • Those wishing to practice as an Accountant and be member of an accounting professional association once they hold a higher level accounting qualification


Career Opportunities

Career options may include:

  • Work as a Clerical Officer, Office Manager, Payroll Officer, Bookkeeper or Assistant Accountant
  • Be a registered bookkeeper on joining a bookkeeping professional organisation
  • As a bookkeeper, submit Business Activity Statement (BAS) returns for small businesses


Pathways to further study

Diploma of Accounting


Course Structure

To achieve a Certificate IV in Accounting, 13 units must be successfully completed:

  • 9 core units
  • 4 elective units
Core units
  • BSBFIA401A Prepare financial reports
  • BSBITU306A Design and produce business documents
  • BSBOHS201A Participate in OHS processes
  • FNSACC301A Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
  • FNSACC403B Make decisions in a legal context
  • FNSACC404A Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities
  • FNSACC406A Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
  • FNSBKG404A Carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasks
  • FNSINC401A Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services
Elective Units
  • FNSACCT401A Process business tax requirements
  • FNSACCT402A Prepare operational budgets
  • BSBRES401A Analyse and present research information
  • FNSACC503A Manage budgets and forecasts

Please Note: units may vary slightly between campuses.


Assessment Process

Throughout all assessments, Occupational Health & Safety procedures must be followed. Options for assessment will include:

  • Preparing financial records and reports for simulated business situations
  • Engaging in simulated business case studies
  • Preparing reports for management
  • Being observed performing practical tasks
  • On-line quizzes and tasks
  • Projects
  • Short answers
  • Examinations where required for some competencies

Employability skills
All units in this qualification area assessed considering the employability skills of:

  • communication
  • teamwork
  • problem solving
  • initiative and enterprise
  • planning and organising
  • self-management
  • learning
  • technology


Entry Requirements

  • Certificate III in Accounts Administration
  • IELTS 5.5 General Training (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent.


Recognition of Prior Learning

At TasTAFE we believe that the things you already know how to do should be formally recognised.

Regardless of how, when or where the learning occurred, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of your skills and experience.  When you apply to attend TasTAFE you can ask for recognition of:

  • schooling
  • formal/informal learning
  • life experience
  • employment/work experience.

You may also be able to apply for credit transfer for units/modules that you have completed previously at another training organisation.

It is also possible to apply for credit for TasTAFE subjects if you decide to study at university.



Course information displayed on this website is subject to change.

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