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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
FNSACC303 Perform financial calculations
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
2017 Study Sequence
If students have not completed FNS30315 Certificate III in Accounts Administration or equivalent they should initially enrol into introductory units FNSACC301 and FNSACC302; otherwise start with FNSBKG402 followed by FNSBKG403.

  1. FNSACC301
  2. FNSACC302
  3. FNSBKG402
  4. FNSBKG403
  5. BSBFIA401
  6. BSBITU306
  7. FNSBKG404
  8. FNSBKG405
  9. FNSBKG401
  10. FNSINC401
Choose 3 more electives from:
  • FNSACC405
  • BSBITU402
  • FNSACC303
  • FNSACC406
2018 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

Course Availabilities

Distance Education

Enrolments are taken throughout the year on a continuous basis.

Duration and dates
12 - 18 months

Thirteen units (13) must be successfully completed. Six (6) core units and seven (7) electives.


This course is available by Distance Education and course material will be available online. Distance Education students require self-motivation and must have 6 - 10 hours per week available for study for each unit. This course is delivered by distance education so students must have access to a computer and the internet.

This course will take approximately 12 - 18 months to complete, but may vary dependent on individual student study loads.

2018 Unit Availabilities

Unit availabilities have not yet been finalised for this course.

Please check this page regularly for updates.

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.