Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping


Course Length

Full time:

6 months

Part time:

12 months


Subsidised Standard:


Subsidised Standard (Concession):


Subsidised Trainee:


Subsidised Trainee (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):




Shepparton - Fryers Street

Delivery Mode

On Campus


Course Overview

The Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping prepares you for a role in the Accounts industry, and meets the education requirements for registration with the Tax Practitioners Board.

You will learn how to prepare and lodge business and instalment activity statements, prepare financial reports and operation budgets, and establish and maintain a payroll or computerised accounting system. You will also learn the basics of Cloud computing, and develop strategies for dealing with the Commissioner on behalf of a taxpayer.

This course can be studied on-campus, or as part of a Traineeship and off-campus.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We’ve had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we’re currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

The Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping gives you the skills to take up a number of roles across the Administration and Accounts industry. Our graduates often find employment in roles such as:

  • Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • 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.

Armed with these essential business skills, you'll have the chance to work across different industries and locations.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Traineeship - Open from 1st Feb - 2021

Off Campus - Starts on 11/02/2021 - Alternating Tues & Thurs - 6pm to 9pm / 2021

On Campus - Starts on 08/02/2021 - Mon, Tue, Thur - 9am to 4pm / 2021

Off Campus - Starts on 13/07/2021 - Alternating Tues & Thurs - 6pm to 9pm / 2021

On Campus - Starts on 26/07/2021 - Mon, Tue, Thur - 9am to 4pm / 2021

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $3,645.00

2. Subsidised Standard (Concession): $729.00

3. Subsidised Trainee: $4,725.00

4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession): $945.00

5. Full Fee: $4,590.00

Course Materials: $574.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

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
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider (australianapprenticeships.gov.au) with your employer to organise your traineeship contract prior to applying for this course (Trainees Only)

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

Course Study Units

Core Units
BSBFIA401 - Prepare financial reports
BSBSMB412 - Introduce cloud computing into business operations
FNSACC311 - Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
FNSACC312 - Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
FNSACC408 - Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry
FNSACC416 - Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
FNSTPB401 - Complete business activity and instalment activity statements
FNSTPB402 - Establish and maintain payroll systems
Elective Units
BSBCUS403 - Implement customer service standards
BSBITU306 - Design and produce business documents
BSBITU402 - Develop and use complex spreadsheets
FNSACC411 - Process business tax requirements
FNSACC412 - Prepare operational budgets
FNSACC414 - Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities
FNSACC505 - Establish and maintain accounting information systems

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Class room activities and observation
  • Role plays
  • Assignments
  • Short answer questions
  • Supervised tests and portfolios

Course Co-ordinator

Ross Opie

Attendance & 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.

Where to From Here

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

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.

Student Support

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.

Learn more about support services

Learner's Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

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

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.