FNS40615 & FNS40215Certificate IV in Accounting and Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

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  • Awarded by

    Open Colleges (RTO 90796)

  • Qualification

    Certificate IV

  • Study Mode


  • Payment Options

    Payment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    Maximum 24 months

  • Start Date

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates

  • Career Outcomes

    Bookkeeper | Payroll Officer | Accounts Clerk | Employee Bookkeeper | 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.

Last modified: 05 Nov 2018

In a Nutshell

Launch your rewarding career in accounting with comprehensive dual qualification! This Certificate IV in Accounting (FNS40615) and Certificate IV in Bookkeeping (FNS40215) from Open Colleges is a great introduction to the profession, ensuring you start off on the right foot.

Enjoy flexibility in the type of work you take on and great prospects for career progression. You'll cover a broad knowledge base in this dual qualification, getting you job-ready for a wide range of roles in your future as an accounting professional.

You'll learn essential skills, including how to process financial transactions, administer accounts, prepare financial reports, master payroll systems, prepare budgets, produce business documents and manage complex spreadsheets.

With self-paced online delivery, you're in control of your own study schedule. Learn when it suits you and fit your studies around your work and personal commitments to get the most out of the course. 

  • What You'll Need to Get In


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


    There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.


    This course involves reading learning content and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 12 level.

    If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 12 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

    • 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

    Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.


    You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills


    Some units of competency in this course require 40% of the unit to be supervised by an independent supervisor. The supervision should not be administered by a family member, friend or someone that has a close personal or professional relationship with the student undertaking the assessments. Organising this supervision is the responsibility of the student.

    Details of requirements can be accessed on the Tax Practitioner Board (TPB) website.

    Language, Literacy and Numeracy

    Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. 

  • Subject Breakdown

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    In this accounting and bookkeeping course, subjects you may study include:

    • FNSACC301 - Process financial transactions and extract interim reports (partial)
    • FNSACC302 - Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers (partial)
    • FNSACC301 - Process financial transactions and extract interim reports (partial)
    • FNSACC302 - Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers (partial)
    • BSBFIA401 - Prepare financial reports
    • FNSACC404 - Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities
    • FNSACC406 - Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
    • FNSBKG405 - Establish and maintain a payroll system
    • FNSBKG404 - Carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasks
    • FNSBKG401 - Develop and implement policies and procedures relevant to bookkeeping activities
    • FNSINC401 - Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry
    • BSBITU306 - Design and produce business documents
    • FNSACC402 - Prepare operational budgets
    • BSBITU402 - Develop and use complex spreadsheets
    • FNSACC503 - Manage budgets and forecasts
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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.


    All student testimonials for Open Colleges

    "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."

    "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."

    "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 Certificate IV in Accounting (FNS40615) and Certificate IV in Bookkeeping (FNS40215) from Open Colleges.

Accounting qualifications are in demand, giving you a wide range of options for employment and excellent job stability. This qualification also allows you to apply for membership to the Australian Bookkeepers Network and the Australian Bookkeepers Association.

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 two flexible payment models to help make studying more affordable:

Payment Option 1: Pay in weekly instalments

  • $83.75 per week (56 weekly repayments)
  • $100 deposit

Payment Option 2: Pay in full when you enrol and save 20% off the full price of $4,790

  • $3,832 upfront payment (save $958)
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