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Certificate IV in
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    Course outline (Domestic)

    Course Code: FNS40217

    What can I do with a Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping?

    The Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping course is part of the Financial Services Training Package and satisfies the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) guidelines. This qualification reflects the job roles of contract bookkeepers and employees performing bookkeeping tasks for organisations in a range of industries.

    This may include:

    • 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.

    Under certain conditions, successful students may meet requirements for registration with the Tax Practitioners Board.

    This Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping qualification is suitable for candidates currently working in bookkeeping roles who are seeking a formal qualification to enhance and confirm their existing knowledge and skills, or would like to start a career in accounting and bookkeeping in Australia. 

    This accounting and bookkeeping course is currently delivered in Melbourne city at GBCA’s Latrobe Campus

    Entry requirements

    Applicants must satisfy all requirements as below:  

    Academic requirements:  

    There are no set requirements for the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping course. It is recommended that domestic students would meet one of below requirements:

    • Satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills to undertake this course, or
    • Mature age and have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake this course, or
    • Satisfactory complete year 11.

    Domestic applicants will undertake a language, literacy and numeracy test as part of the Pre-Training Review.

    Material Requirements:

    • Students are required to bring their own laptop with Microsoft Office 2007 or a later version installed for face to face classes.
    • Students will be required to work on MYOB throughout the course. MYOB educational version will be provided by GBCA.

    How long does it take to do a Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping?

    This 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. 


    Two (2) sessions per week 

    Is Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping hard?

    Accounting is generally not mathematically hard. It is more about following the rules of how to record different business transactions (I.e how to account for them). … Its not difficult once you grasp the basic accountancy concepts but there is a lot of homework. Most of the assessment is exams.

    Assessment methods

    A variety of assessment methods will be used throughout the course, including: Project, Observation of students performing practical tasks, Portfolio of Work, Written report, Analysis of case study/Response to simulated work scenario or Written questioning.

    Can I Study Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping Online? Yes You Can!

    GBCA is currently offering students the option to study Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping Online or on-campus during the pandemic.

    Is this Course Government Funded?

    This course is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding under the Skills First Program. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply for training subsidised through the Skills First Program.

    For more information about our government-funded courses, please visit The Skills Funding Page

    Study A Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) Approved Course​

    The Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping Course meets the education requirements of the Tax Practitioners Board for BAS preparers from the Tax Agent Services Act 2009, as a Board-approved course in basic GST/BAS taxation principles (GST/BAS course).

    Unit CodeUnit Name
    BSBFIA401Prepare financial reports
    BSBSMB412Introduce cloud computing into business operations
    FNSACC311Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
    FNSACC312Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
    FNSACC408Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry
    FNSACC416Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
    FNSTPB401Complete business activity and instalment activity statements
    FNSTPB402Establish and maintain payroll systems
    BSBWRT301Write simple documents
    FNSACC313Perform financial calculations
    BSBWOR501Manage personal work priorities and professional development
    BSBITU306Design and produce business documents
    BSBTEC302Design and produce spreadsheets

    Course Factsheet

    You May Be Eligible For Victorian Government Funding*

    To do subsidised training, you have to meet eligibility criteria, if you are eligible, you pay less for your training. Domestic Students Only.

    Course Accreditations

    Nationally Recognised Training
    Australian Qualification Framework

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