FNS50217 & FNS40217

Accounting and Bookkeeping Pathway Program

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  • Awarded by

    Open Colleges (RTO: 90796)

  • Qualification

    Certificate IV + Diploma

  • Study Mode


  • Payment Options

    Payment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    Up to 48 months

  • Start Date

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  • Course Fee

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes

    Auditor | Bookkeeper | Financial Analyst | 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

    Be part of one of the most essential and in-demand industries in Australia - finance! Get qualified with the specially designed Accounting and Bookkeeping Pathway Program from Open Colleges. 

    Available 100% online, this program offers a streamlined way of studying. It incorporates the FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting and the FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping, and ensures that you'll meet the educational requirements to register as a Business Activity Statement (BAS) Agent. 

    During your studies you'll cover how to achieve a working knowledge of the accounting and bookkeeping industry and how you can build a successful career within it; establish manage and maintain payroll systems, a core component of any small or large business; the theory side of the industry by studying economic principles related to financial service functions and tasks, and much more. Plus, the pathway program includes a number of elective subjects, so you can choose to specialise in a particular area. 

  • What You'll Need to Get In

    To be eligible to study this course, students must meet the following prerequisites. 

    • Completed the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping (FNS40217 ) or equivalent; OR
    • Completed the FNSSS00014 Accounting Principles Skill Set (FNSSS00014); OR
    • Completed the FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting or equivalent; OR
    • Completed the FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping or equivalent. 

    There are prerequisite units for FNSACC514 Prepare financial reports for corporate entities which is delivered the Diploma of Accounting (FNS50217). To be able to enrol into the unit of competency learners must have completed the following units within the FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping:

    • BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports or equivalent; AND
    • FNSACC311 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports or equivalent.

    Open Colleges also recommend that: 

    • Students be over 18 years of age; AND
    • Have language, literacy and numeracy skills that ensures the ability to read and comprehend technical terms and communicate effectively through email. These skills are equivalent to those that would be required to successfully complete year 12; AND
    • Have access to a modern computer with high speed internet; AND
    • Basic computing skills including the ability to make a short video.
  • Subject Breakdown

    In this accounting and bookkeeping 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 - Complete 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
    • FNSACC408 - Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry
    • BSBITU402 - Develop and use complex spreadsheets
    • FNSACC511 - Provide financial and business performance information
    • FNSACC516 - Implement and maintain internal control procedures
    • FNSACC513 - Manage budgets and forecasts
    • FNSACC517 - Provide management accounting information
    • FNSACC514 - Prepare financial reports for corporate entities
    • FNSACC505 - Establish and maintain accounting information systems
    • FNSINC601 - Apply economic principles to work in the financial services industry
    • FNSINC602 - Interpret and use financial statistics and tools
    • FNSACC512 - Prepare tax documentation for individuals
  • 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.


    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."

    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'll receive two nationally recognised qualifications from Open Colleges.

    The Accounting and Bookkeeping Pathway Program is a custom designed pathway that includes two individual qualifications, the FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting and the FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping.

    This comprehensive, nationally recognised program opens up innumerable employment opportunities within the accounting and bookkeeping sectors.

  • Career Outcomes

    Wondering where a career in business administration can take you? Potential job outcomes may include; Administration Manager, Bookkeeper, Office Administrator, Office Manager, Human Resources Manager, Personal Assistant, Executive Assistant, Event Manager, Management Consultant, Team Leader, Secretary, Business Development Manager, Project Consultant.

  • 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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