FNS40215Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

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  • Awarded by

    Open Colleges (RTO 90796)

  • Qualification

    Certificate IV

  • Study Mode


  • Payment Options

    Payment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    Max 24 months

  • Start Date

    Anytime – start today!

  • Course Fee

    Price may vary Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes

    Accountant | Bookkeeper | Payroll Officer | Accounts Clerk | 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: 16 Feb 2018

In a Nutshell

The Certificate IV in Bookkeeping offered through Open Colleges will provide you with the training and qualifications to become an effective and dynamic bookkeeper for any business.

With the Federal government putting in new stringent laws to improve the quality of bookkeeping standards, this course is one of the few that meets the Australian Qualifications Framework and qualifies you to work in any state or territory in Australia. The course is also recognised by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.

By completing the course you will learn the essential bookkeeping skills such as maintaining records, preparing financial statements, implementing payroll procedures. The course also covers competencies stipulated by the Tax Practitioners Board TPB for registered Business Activity Statement (BAS) agents.

Students will receive full membership to the Australian Bookkeepers Network and a non-voting membership to the Australian Bookkeepers Association for 12 months' worth $462. Membership provides a long list of valuable benefits including:

  • Access to the ABN helpline to provide help from qualified accountants and ABN representatives is right at your fingertips with email-based support through the ABN Helpline. Bookkeepers now have someone to turn to when they need professional advice and technical support.
  • Unlimited access to the vast Bookkeepers Knowledge Base (BKB) library through ABN's Member Centre.
  • Access to Ready Reckoner; which is a quick and easy reference guide to GST & PAYG! This is the pre-eminent industry reference for GST coding, PAYG-Withholding and PAYG-Instalment.
  • Access to the ABN Discussion Forum which is a place where bookkeepers can connect by joining in on the conversation. Share topics, news, interests and gain valuable advice from other bookkeepers.
  • Access to the ABN Coffee Club which gathers like-minded individuals together to discuss the industry and build professional networks in your local area, meetings also accumulate CPE hours
  • Access to multiple industry bulletins such as Bookies Bulletin, the Buzz, Getting Technical and the Business Bulletin.
  • And many more valuable industry benefits

  • What You'll Need to Get In


    Anyone can apply.

  • Subject Breakdown

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    While studying this online bookkeeping course, you will learn how to:

    • Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
    • Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
    • Prepare financial reports
    • Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
    • Introduce cloud computing into operations
    • 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
    • Develop and implement policies and procedures relevant to bookkeeping activities
    • Design and produce business documents
    • Prepare operational budgets
    • Develop and use complex spreadsheets
    • 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.


    "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."

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Where Will This Course Take You?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Certificate IV in Bookkeeping from Open Colleges.

Upon completion of this certificate program, you will be able to articulate directly into the Diploma of Accounting course. You will also have the educational requirements to register as a BAS (Business Activity Statement) agent and fulfil BAS agent responsibilities. 



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

  • $71.25 per week (64 weekly repayments)
  • $100 deposit

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

  • $3,272 upfront payment
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