FNS40615, FNS50215 & FNS60215Accounting Pathway Program

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  • Awarded by

    Open Colleges (RTO 90796)

  • Qualification

    Certificate IV

  • Study Mode

    Online

  • Payment Options

    Payment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    Max 48 months

  • Start Date

    Anytime – start today!

  • Course Fee

    Price may vary Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes

    Payroll Officer | Accounts Clerk | Employee Bookkeeper | Accounts Payable Officer | View all

This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

Last modified: 01 Feb 2018

In a Nutshell

The online Accounting Pathway Program provides the unprecedented opportunity to combine three accounting qualifications within a single program. In this comprehensive program, only available through Open Colleges, students are guided through completion of each of the following nationally recognised qualifications:

  • FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting
  • FNS50215 Diploma of Accounting
  • FNS60215 Advanced Diploma of Accounting

The program acts as a direct entry qualification, enabling students to gain these industry-standard qualifications without specific accounting experience.

Through its comprehensive course load, students will learn the fundamentals of accounting practice, and be able to gain key competencies like preparing financial statements, operating computerised accounting systems and performing financial calculations. As students advance through the program's content, they will receive the progressively in-depth education and training required to work in more senior accounting roles.

The program also has a strong commitment to producing industry-ready graduates. By completing this program, students will be meeting the Tax Practitioners Board's (TPB) educational requirements to register as BAS (Business Activity Statement) agents and will partially satisfy the requirements to become registered tax agents.

Graduates will also receive complimentary membership to the Tax Institute, and will be admitted to the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

  • What You'll Need to Get In

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  • Subject Breakdown

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    In this accounting course, the subjects you will study include:

    Certificate IV in Accounting (FNS40615):

    • Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
    • Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
    • Prepare financial reports
    • Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities
    • Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
    • Establish and maintain a payroll system
    • Carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasks
    • Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry
    • Design and produce business documents
    • Prepare operational budgets
    • Develop and use complex spreadsheets
    • Provide financial and business performance information
    • Implement and maintain internal control procedures

    Diploma of Accounting (FNS50215):

    • Manage budgets and forecasts
    • Provide management accounting information
    • Prepare financial reports for corporate entities
    • Prepare tax documentation for individuals
    • Apply economic principles to work in the financial services industry
    • Interpret and use financial statistics and tools
    • Establish and maintain accounting information systems
    • Evaluate business performance 

    OR Diploma of Accounting (FNS50215) specialising in Tax:

    • Manage budgets and forecasts
    • Provide management accounting information
    • Prepare financial reports for corporate entities
    • Prepare tax documentation for individuals
    • Apply legal principles in contract and consumer law
    • Apply legal principles in corporations and trust law
    • Apply legal principles in property law
    • Prepare and administer tax documentation for legal entities
    • Implement tax plans and evaluate tax compliance 

    Advanced Diploma of Accounting (FNS60215):

    • Monitor corporate governance activity
    • Evaluate organisation's financial performance
    • Prepare and analyse management accounting information
    • Implement organisational improvement programs
    • Conduct internal audit

    OR Advanced Diploma of Accounting (FNS60215) specialising in Tax:

    • Apply economic principles to work in the financial services industry
    • Interpret and use financial statistics and tools
    • Monitor corporate governance activity
    • Develop and manage financial systems

    OR Advanced Diploma of Accounting (FNS60215) specialising in Managerial Accounting:

    • Monitor corporate governance activity
    • Evaluate organisation's financial performance
    • Develop and implement financial strategies
    • Prepare and analyse management accounting information
    • Prepare complex corporate financial reports
    • Comply with financial services legislation and industry codes of practice
    • Evaluate financial risk
    • Determine and manage risk exposure strategies
    • Develop and manage financial systems
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  • Why Open Colleges?

    RTO 90796
    Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. Most courses are delivered online or via blended learning, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.

    As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.

  • STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

    "My motivation is simple really. I just want to secure a well-paying career that allows me to support my family. I have a busy life so I need to be in control of my study, not the other way around. You get a lot of help through the support of your course coordinator. It makes study easy. And the online programs are very user-friendly. If you’re hoping to study a university degree the Open Colleges courses are a good grounding. They offer the core skills that can lead people to becoming a good accountant or bookkeeper."

    Michael Davidson , Accounting Pathway Program
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    "It was very grounded in reality and it was practical as well as theoretical. I recommend doing the training before starting to write. I see people that will come to our writers group and say ‘I’ve got this lovely story, my kids love it, my grandchildren love it,’ and it would never get published because they haven’t done any training and they don’t know how to write."

    Yvonne Mes , Certificate in Professional Children\'s Writing

    "Because it’s so flexible, it was easy for me to do it. I’ll be in the middle of an assignment and I can just pause it if my son is asking for lunch. I’ll quickly make him lunch or get a drink and I can just open it back up and go straight back into it to continue. The trainers have been great. They really try to get back to you on time and make sure they give you the best possible answers. They always seem to come back with a quick response."

    Emma Christian-Hayes , Certificate IV in Allied Health specialising in Physiotherapy

    "It’s given me a different mindset. I used to think you’d go out and do a job, like mechanics, for years and that you’d just get the qualification after years on the job. But with this, you can study for a couple of months and then you can go out into the world fully qualified and ready for the job and just go for it."

    Amy Stephenson , Certificate III in Accounts Administration

    "I think the Open Colleges model is particularly good because you’re not tied down to due dates, you just have as much time as you need. You have people to get in touch with if you’re having trouble. I’ve actually had emails back at 10pm at night from my teacher. I’ve been sitting here and I’ve shot one off and they’ve got right back to me within that hour. You don’t get that anywhere."

    Marcia Lindsay , Diploma of Hospitality

    "I am a farmer and I run a family farm with my husband. I was given the opportunity to study any course I wanted that would help our business, and that may help me earn some money off the land, so I chose to learn bookkeeping. The course is so useful and beneficial for our farm. It’s great to learn how to set journals out so our accountant can do the BAS and income tax, without them being all over the place."

Where Will This Course Take You?

This comprehensive, nationally recognised program opens up innumerable employment opportunities within the accounting sector.

This program meets the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) education requirements for registered BAS (Business Activity Statements) agents as well as partially satisfying the requirements to become a registered Tax Agent. You'll also receive complimentary membership to the Tax Institute.

Graduates of this program are admitted to the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

The Accounting Pathway Program is a custom designed pathway that includes three individual nationally recognised qualifications.

Wondering where a career in accounting could take you? Potential job outcomes may include; Accountant, Bookkeeper, Accounts Clerk, Payroll Clerk, Assistant Accountant

  • Payroll Officer
  • Accounts Clerk
  • Employee Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Payable Officer
  • Accounts Receivable Officer
  • Administration Manager
  • Assistant Accountant
  • Accounts Supervisor
  • Tax Agent
  • Budget Officer

Let's Talk Price

Open Colleges offers two flexible payment models to help make studying more affordable:

Payment Option 1: Pay in weekly instalments

  • $98.90 per week
  • $100 deposit

Payment Option 2: Pay in full when you enrol and save up to 20% on your course fees

  • $7,992 upfront payment
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