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Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping


Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping FNS40217

Course Overview

The Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping is designed to prepare students for a role in the Accounting industry. The ideal candidate is someone who is looking for an entry-level role in the industry or is seeking a career change.

This course is offered virtually either as a full-time day class, a part-time evening class, or as a traineeship, where students are employed in a junior accounting role and are looking to progress their careers.

Units will cover topics such as:

  • Recording of financial information in manual and computerised systems
  • Preparing and lodging business and installment activity statements
  • Preparing financial reports and operation budgets
  • Establishing and maintaining a payroll or computerised accounting system
  • Basic cloud computing skills

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme as well as the JobTrainer initiative, for eligible students.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

The Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping gives you the accounting administration and finance skills to take up a number of roles across all industries. Graduates often find employment in roles such as:

  • Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • BAS Agent (Please note there are additional Tax Practitioner Board requirements associated with registration as BAS agent)
  • Bookkeeper

Working in this industry will give you exposure to a broad range of people and operations. You may be dealing with customers, working with Microsoft Office or specialist software packages, or entering and processing financial information. It will generally involve 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.

Job roles may include accounting support roles such as completing Business Activity Statements and operational reporting or performing bookkeeping tasks.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting or consider pathways into University by enquiring about GOTAFE articulation arrangements.

Course Dates & Times

Online Campus

Traineeship - Open from 10th January / 2022

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of 3 different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) - contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
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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:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits your needs and aspirations, and that you are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • For those looking to study as part of a traineeship, an application through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your traineeship contract must be completed prior to applying for this course.

Selection criteria for this course:

  • Ability to undertake training at this qualification level
  • Keen interest in the industry sector
  • Comfortable working with numbers
  • An eye for detail and interest in interpreting the application of rules and logic as accounting is more than just maths
  • Ability to communicate with others
  • Ability to organise study and work independently

Technology requirements:

  • Computer skills in Word, Excel and use of the Internet to a competent level
  • Access to a computer with a Windows operating system as two units require Windows (all other units can be completed on a Windows or Mac)
  • Webcam
  • Headset
  • A second monitor is a great benefit when studying virtually and is highly recommended
Core Units
Prepare financial reports
Introduce cloud computing into business operations
Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry
Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
Complete business activity and instalment activity statements
Establish and maintain payroll systems
Elective Units
Design and produce business documents
Develop and use complex spreadsheets
Process business tax requirements
Prepare operational budgets
Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities

Assessment methods may include:

  • Virtual classroom activities and observation
  • Role plays
  • Assignments
  • Short answer questions
  • Supervised tests and portfolios

Trainees will also be required to demonstrate competency in their workplace.

Course Co-ordinator: Wilna Fourie

Trainers in this course have decades of experience in the accounting, bookkeeping, and finance industry and are excited to share their knowledge with students in this course. GOTAFE trainers include Ross Opie, Sue West and Leanne Drake.

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.

Trainers will be available to support students as required via online meetings, by phone, email, and face-to-face where required.

At the start of the course, students are provided with a study plan which outlines their course structure and they are also given an induction into Microsoft Teams, where their units are delivered. Students are provided with their textbooks one week before the unit commences and learning materials provided through Teams are available two days prior to the unit commencing.

Study Options

Full-time Online Day Classes (Virtual Classroom):

  • Students have virtual classes 3 days per week, 6 hours per day for 18 weeks.
  • Students have an additional day per week (3 hours), online, to seek support from the trainer and work through the course material
  • Complete at least 17 hours per week of online reading, research and completion of their assessment tasks.
  • Each week students spend at least 10 hours working through their learning materials in Teams.

Part-time Online Night Classes (Virtual Classroom):

  • This course is offered to students with 2 virtual night classes per week.
  • Classes are 3 hours per class and run for 18 months (50 weeks of classes).
  • Students have 3 hours of trainer access per week
  • Complete at least 6 hours per week of online reading, research and completion of their assessment tasks.
  • Students can choose either the Monday/Wednesday option, or a Tuesday/Thursday option.


  • This course is delivered to trainees on a block basis, with their course materials and assessments provided online. Additional information is also provided through Teams.
  • Students work through their learning materials, research, exercises and assessments through self-direction at their own pace during each block period.
  • The flexible structure of the course allows each student to work through their materials during their structured study time as per arrangement in their particular workplace with their employer.
  • The trainer will conduct 3-hour site visits or virtual catchups at least four times a year.

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Further information is provided at course induction.

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

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

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.

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