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Certificate IV in Accounting (FNS40615)

Course summary

This course is for those wanting to undertake a career in the accounting area. Some of the skills students will gain will be knowledge in BAS reports, compiling budgets, non-complex reports and computerised accounting systems.

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. It is also recommended students have sound literacy and numeracy skills.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

This qualification reflects accounting job roles in financial services and other industries requiring accounting support functions. Work functions in the occupational areas where this qualification may be used are subject to regulatory functions.

Students interested in registering as a BAS Agent with the Tax Practitioner’s board must complete the units FNSBKG404 & FNSBKG405.

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Standard Course Structure

Approximately 640 hours of study time may be involved. Distance students require self motivation and must have 4-6 hours per week available for study for each unit.

  • Distance
BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports
BSBITU306 Design and produce business documents
FNSACC301 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
FNSACC302 Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
FNSACC402 Prepare operational budgets
FNSACC404 Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities
FNSACC406 Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
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
BSBITU402 Develop and use complex spreadsheets
FNSACC401 Process business tax requirements
FNSACC405 Maintain inventory records
Optional Electives
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
BSBWRT301 Write simple documents
FNSACC303 Perform financial calculations
FNSACC403 Make decisions in a legal context
FNSACC407 Produce job costing information
FNSACM401 Evaluate and authorise payment requests
Study Sequence

1. FNSACC301

2. BSBFIA401

3. BSBITU306

4. FNSACC302

5. FNSACC402

6. FNSACC404

7. FNSACC406

8. FNSBKG404

9. FNSBKG405

10. FNSINC401

11. BSBITU402

12. FNSACC401

13. FNSACC405

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Third Party Verification

Course Availabilities

Distance Education

Enrolments are taken throughout the year on a continuous basis.

Duration and dates
12 months

Thirteen (13) units must be successfully completed. Ten (10) core units and three (3) electives.


This course is available by Distance Education and course material will be available online. Distance Education students require self-motivation and must have 4-6 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 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
FNS50215 Diploma of Accounting No

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

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.

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.