Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

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  • Awarded by

    Open Colleges (RTO: 90796)

  • Qualification

    Certificate IV

  • Study Mode


  • Payment Options

    Payment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    Up to 24 months

  • Start Date

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  • Course Fee

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes

    Bookkeeper | Payroll Officer | Senior Accounts Officer | Accounts Clerk | View all

This course meets the 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.

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  • In a Nutshell

    Build industry-relevant new skills for an exciting career in financial management with this online FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping course from Open Colleges.

    Specially designed to reflect current jobs in the bookkeeping and accounting industry, this qualification is suited for anyone seeking to start a new career, start a small business, or register as a Business Activity Statement Agent. With a broad focus on fundamental knowledge, this qualification will equip you with the diverse skills and experience required to succeed in a range of accounting and bookkeeping roles.

    In this course, you'll learn how to prepare financial reports, set up and operate accounting systems, manage payroll and prepare business activity statements, and how to run a small business in line with best practise standards of planning, customer service and management. With companies increasingly looking for employees with skills in both accounting and bookkeeping, this relevant and nationally recognised qualification will ensure you stand out in a competitive job market and play a critical role to supporting business success in your career.

    If you're an analytical thinker who likes solving problems and working with details, this qualification could help you turn your interest into a rewarding, relevant and in-demand new career.

  • What You'll Need to Get In

    To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

    • Have completed Year 12 or equivalent; OR
    • Hold a qualification at Certificate III level or higher; OR
    • Have three years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

    Age requirements:

    Students are required to be at least 18 years of age.

    English proficiency:

    • Entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 12 level; or
    • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate III level or higher; or
    • 3 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

    Physical requirements

    Some assessments will require other participants to act as characters in role plays designed to demonstrate practical and oral communication skills. Students will be required to source and arrange these other participants, participants can be family, friends or workplace colleagues.

  • Subject Breakdown

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

    • FNSACC311 – Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
    • FNSACC312 – Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
    • BSBFIA401 – Prepare financial reports
    • FNSACC414 – Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities
    • BSBSMB412 – Introduce cloud computing into business operations
    • FNSACC416 – Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
    • FNSTPB402 – Establish and maintain payroll systems
    • FNSTPB401 – Compete business activity and instalment activity statements
    • BSBCUS403 – Implement customer service standards
    • FNSACC408 – Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry
    • BSBITU306 – Design and produce business documents
    • FNSACC412 – Prepare operational budgets
    • BSBSMB404 – Undertake small business planning
  • Why Open Colleges?

    RTO 90796
    Open Colleges has been helping Australians realise their potential for over 125 years, and they're now one of Australia's leaders in online education. In the last decade alone, they've helped over 450,000 students gain the skills to launch, change or take the next step in their careers.

    When you study with OC, you’ll graduate with a nationally recognised qualification that’ll help you find work across Australia. Their nationally recognised courses are designed by vocational experts, and you’ll learn job-ready skills from industry specialists.

    Online learning is all about flexibility, so they’ve designed their learning platform to be as flexible as possible. It’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can access it anytime you want. It’s designed to work around your lifestyle, not the other way around, so you can easily fit your study in with your other commitments.

    The common misconception is that studying online means that you’re studying alone, but at Open Colleges, they take great pride in the superior support provided to their students. They make it easy for you to get support when you need it with their student support team available Monday to Friday via email, phone and Live Chat and on the weekends, via Live Chat (when available). They’re here, in tandem with trainers and assessors, to make sure you’re supported the whole way through your course, from the time you enrol right through to your graduation.


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    "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."

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    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."

    Robyn Hundy , Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

    "My job is probably best described as a medical equipment specialist. I educate and train people in the use of CT scanners onsite. Getting the skills to use in trainings, to substantiate the work I do is very valuable. The course has changed my work and the way I approach training courses. It’s made me more confident and I’ll be better at my job."

    Melinda Wheeler , Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Where will this course take you?

    Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping from Open Colleges.

    This qualification will enable you to seek employment in a broad range of roles in the accounting and bookkeeping sectors, including working as an accounts clerk, a bookkeeper, or a payroll officer in a variety of businesses across sectors like building and construction, education, retail, arts and media, resources and engineering.

    This qualification also meets the requirements as set out by the Tax Practitioners Board for registering as a Business Activity Statements Agent. Completion of this course will also give you a 12-month membership to the Australian Bookkeepers Network (ABN) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). 

  • Career Outcomes

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

  • Let's talk price

    Open Colleges offers a number of flexible payment models to suit your lifestyle and preferences.

    You can choose to pay up-front with a 10% course discount, pay 50% up-front and remainder through a payment plan, or you can pay in weekly or fortnightly installments as you study. All Open Colleges payment plans are interest free.

    Enquire now for more payment options and course costs!



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