Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

Course Code FNS40217
Campus Shepparton - Fryers Street
Duration 665 hours

Course Overview

The FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping is one of the recognised qualification to obtain a job that provides accounting support functions or performs bookkeeping tasks. This includes BAS Agents and contract bookkeepers.

Work functions in the occupational areas where this qualification may be used are subject to regulatory requirements. Persons providing a business activity statement (BAS) service for a fee or other reward must be registered by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) and this qualification is currently cited as meeting the TPB education requirements for registration. Other conditions apply, including a designated period of experience. Persons seeking BAS agent registration should check current registration requirements with the TPB, as registration requirements are reviewed regularly.

Topics covered include:

  • Preparing and lodging business and instalment activity statements
  • Providing advice or dealing with the Commissioner on behalf of a taxpayer in relation to activity statements
  • Preparing financial reports, operational budgets and financial statements
  • Cloud computing
  • Establishing and maintaining payroll system
  • setting up and operating a computerised accounting system
  • Word, Excel
  • Communicating effectively with clients

This qualification is delivered on campus, but can also can also be undertaken as a traineeship and off-campus.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Please note: this course is available as part of the 2019 Free TAFE Courses for eligible students.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The Qualification Code and Title is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Accounting and Bookkeeping industry.

Job roles may include accounting support roles such as completing Business Activity Statements and operational reporting or perform bookkeeping tasks. This includes BAS Agents and contract bookkeepers.

Working in this industry generally involves working business hours, Monday to Friday with peak busy periods at the end of the month, quarterly and at the end of the financial year

Further studies
After gaining the Qualification Code and Title, you might wish to undertake further study in the FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Shepparton – Fryers Street Night Class – Starts Thurs 9th May, 2 Nights a week, 6pm to 9pm / 2019
Shepparton – Fryers Street Online/Off Campus/Self Paced Learning- Starts anytime 2019
Shepparton – Fryers Street Starts Mon 29th July, 3 Days a week, 9am to 4pm / 2019

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

If attending on-campus classes, students will be required to attend the timetabled 18 hours per week and undertake a minimum of 6 hours per week of self-directed learning, researching, studying and completing the required exercises and assessments.

If you are unable to attend the timetabled on-campus classes you will be required to contact your teacher and catch up before the next class.

If undertaking the course off-campus or via a Traineeship a timetable for completion will be developed with you. You will be expected to complete the required reading, research, exercises and assessments through self-direction. You will be supported by your teachers as required via phone, email and one-on-one face-to-face or Skype meetings.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Ross Opie
Location: Shepparton and Off-Campus studies

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 665 $5.13 $3,411.45 $6.50 $4,322.50
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 665 $1.03 $684.95 $6.50 $4,322.50
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 665 $6.41 $4,262.65 $6.50 $4,322.50
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 665 $1.29 $857.85 $6.50 $4,322.50
Full Fee 665 $6.30 $4,189.50 N/A N/A
Course Materials 665 $0.75 $498.75 N/A N/A

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no Training Package entry requirements or pre-requisites for this qualification.
GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course you must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document your previous work experience and qualifications and assess your suitability for the course
  • Complete a CSPA test to ensure you have the required language, literacy and numeracy levels required for the course

The selection criteria for this course are:

  • Ability to undertake training at this qualification level
  • Literacy and numeracy skills of an appropriate level
  • Keen interest in this Industry sector
  • Ability to communicate with others
  • Computer skills in Word, Excel and use of the Internet to a basic level
  • Ability to organise study and work independently
  • The ability to attend timetabled on-campus classes
Units of Competency

FNS40217 – Core Units

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

FNS40217 – Elective Units

FNSINC401 – Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry
BSBCUS401 – Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies
BSBITU306 – Design and produce business documents
BSBITU402 – Develop and use complex spreadsheets
BSBCUS403 – Implement customer service standards
FNSACC313 – Perform financial calculations
FNSACC414 – Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities
FNSACC412 – Prepare operational budgets
FNSACC411 – Process business tax requirements

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods will vary to best suit the assessment requirements of the unit. These may include class room activities and observation, role plays, assignments, short answer questions, supervised tests and portfolios.
Trainees work through set learning assessments as indicated by their trainer.

Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

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