FNS50217 & FNSSS00014

Accounting Pathway Program

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    Open Colleges (RTO: 90796)

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  • Payment Options

    Payment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    Up to 36 months

  • Start Date

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  • Course Fee

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes

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

    Discover a streamlined learning solution with the Accounting Pathway Program, designed by Open Colleges to help you achieve your study goals. 

    Available 100% online, this program incorporates the FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting and the FNSSS00014 Accounting Principles Skill Set, and ensures that you'll meet the educational requirements to register as a Business Activity Statement (BAS) Agent. 

    Whether you're just starting out in the accounting field or have some experience, this course covers foundational, need-to-know principles as well as more advanced skills and knowledge, preparing you for a successful career in the fast-growing financial services industry. Learn how to computerised accounting systems and spreadsheet software; prepare and lodge tax documents for individuals; prepare financial forecasts and projections whilst managing budgets, plus much more. 

    Graduates of this course will gain membership to The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) which is one of Australia's oldest representative professional bodies. 

  • 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 course, the subjects you may study include:

    • FNSACC408 - Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry
    • FNSACC311 - Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
    • FNSACC312 - Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
    • BSBFIA401 - Prepare financial reports
    • FNSACC416 - Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
    • FNSTPB402 - Establish and maintain payroll systems
    • FNSTPB401 - Complete business activity and instalment activity statements
    • FNSACC408 - Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry
    • 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.


    "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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    "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 Pathway Program is a custom designed pathway that includes two individual qualifications, the FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting and the FNSSS00014 Accounting Principles Skill Set.

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

  • 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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