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Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping: A Course Overview

As the demand for accounting professionals in Australia rises significantly in the next 3 years, the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping is a valuable asset to give you a head start on your accounting career. At GBCA, we provide quality hands-on training for prospective accountants through the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping training program. In this blog, we’ll explore the overview of this Certificate IV course – including course objectives, structure and content, course delivery, and future career paths.  

Course objectives 

As a course that satisfies the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) guidelines, the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping reflects the job roles of contract bookkeepers and employees performing bookkeeping tasks for organisations in a range of industries. Upon the completion of the course, students will be able to have a sound understanding and practice of: 

  • Establishing and maintaining manual and computerised accounting systems  
  • Completing Business Activity Statements (BAS) and other office financial statements 
  • Developing bookkeeping management systems for organisations 
  • General administration  

Structure and Content 

The Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping course spans over a total of 13 units, which is composed of 10 core units and 3 electives. The course curriculum takes students through a series of different accounting tasks such as designing and producing spreadsheets, preparing operational budgets, preparing financial reports and establishing payroll systems. Students will utilise the MYOB software as well as detailed, step-by-step instructions to perform tasks and will be closely accompanied by trainers.  

To examine students’ knowledge throughout the course, there is a variety of assessment methods incorporated, such as written questions, practical activities, role plays, case studies, and projects. 

Recommended read: What is Bookkeeping? 

Course delivery 

Delivery mode: The course is delivered in a hybrid mode between face-to-face and online learning. 

Duration: The course is delivered over a maximum of one year, including public holidays and term break. Fastrack learners may complete the course in a shorter duration. 

Schedule: Two sessions will take place every week. 

Recommended read: Unlock Your Potential with a Bookkeeper Course at GBCA. 

Future career paths 

With the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping, you can proceed to the following career options:  

  • Payroll Officer 
  • Bookkeeper 
  • Accounts Administrator 
  • Accounts Payable & Receivable Officer 
  • Finance Sector Team Leader 

The Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping is a great way to kickstart your accounting career and open the doors to multiple opportunities. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to make an enquiry now at