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Certificate IV in Bookkeeping (FNS40215)

Course summary

Students will gain skills in some of the following areas: establishing and maintaining manual and computerised accounting systems, BAS statements and general administration.

This qualification is designed to reflect the job roles of contract bookkeepers and employees performing bookkeeping tasks for organisations in a range of industries.

Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire
Study Area
  • - Business, Accounting and Law
Skill Area
  • - Accountancy
AQF Level Level 4: Certificate IV

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements however, a recommended pathway would be to complete FNS30315 - Certificate III Accounts Administration prior to completing this course.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Employment in a bookkeeping job role with functions that include establishing and maintaining manual and computerised accounting systems, completing Business Activity Statements (BAS) and other office financial statements. 

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Standard Course Structure

To successfully complete this course, students must complete 13 units, consisting of:
6 core units and 7 elective units.
Core Units
BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports
BSBITU306 Design and produce business documents
FNSBKG401 Develop and implement policies and procedures relevant to bookkeeping activities
FNSBKG404 Carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasks
FNSBKG405 Establish and maintain a payroll system
FNSINC401 Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry
Elective Units
BSBITU402 Develop and use complex spreadsheets
FNSACC301 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
FNSACC302 Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
FNSACC405 Maintain inventory records
FNSACC406 Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
FNSBKG402 Establish and maintain a cash accounting system
FNSBKG403 Establish and maintain an accrual accounting system
Study Sequence
Online - enrol into one unit at a time, as per the following order:
  1. FNSACC301 
  2. BSBITU306
  3. FNSBKG402 (pre-requisite for FNSBKG403)
  4. FNSBKG403
  5. All remaining units can be completed in any order. 

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Third Party Verification

Course Intakes


There are eleven course intakes, available monthly from February to December.

Duration and dates
12 - 18 months


This course is available online with teaching support available through discussion forums, email and telephone. Online students require self-motivation and must have 6 - 10 hours per week available for study for each unit. There are additional Resource Requirements for this course.

Important Information: This qualification is being superseded by FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping and is not equivalent. This qualification is in teach out. If you would like to enrol into this qualification please call Rhona Strickland on 07 4920 2133 prior to enrolment to discuss units that will transfer to the new qualification.

For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here

Related Courses

Course code Course name Short Course
FNS30315 Certificate III in Accounts Administration No
FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting No
FNS50215 Diploma of Accounting No

Is what I already know taken into account?

Yes. Your history of study, skills and experience does matter. Consideration is given to your prior life and work experiences as well as formal and informal training. This may be applied using the national standard for Mutual Recognition or through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Documentary evidence will be requested.

What else might I find useful?

Financial assistance with fees may be available through concessions or via ‘Time to Pay’ payment plan. This and other information such as student support, study and library assistance can be found at

To ensure a place in this course an enrolment form must be completed and full payment received. Enrolments can be made over the phone with a credit card, in person or via mail. Fees may be paid by credit card, cash, EFTPOS, cheque or money order.

Resource requirements

As this is an online course, students will need access to a computer with good internet capacity. Students will also need to have access to a computer with the latest version of Adobe Reader, Microsoft Office with Access and MYOB AccountRight student edition V19.10.

Textbooks are an optional resource for this course as course materials are available online. If students would like to purchase and use optional textbooks, the teacher will supply the textbook details after enrolment.