BAS Agent Courses

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BAS Agent Education and Training

Getting the education and training to register as a BAS agent is a huge step forward in the career of bookkeepers. “Doing the BAS” is one of the vital reasons many small businesses need a bookkeeper. BAS agent qualifications and registration allows you to provide BAS services through your own contract bookkeeping business.

BAS tasks are typically the most valuable services you can provide as a bookkeeper. The extra skills and experience it requires demands higher rates than simpler tasks like data entry. BAS qualification and registration also creates opportunities to apply for new jobs or promotion, and be a more valuable member of a larger bookkeeping practice.

BAS Agent Courses

If you are seeking registration, it’s likely you need some additional training and BAS courses to fulfil the education requirements. Currently the minimum training requirements for BAS agent registration are:

Certificate IV in Bookkeeping OR Certificate IV in Accounting

(Click the links to get more information about these courses)

Both courses will teach you to prepare financial reports, create business documents, participate in work health and safety, setup and operate a computerised accounting system (MYOB), carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasks, practice professionally in the financial services industry, perform financial calculations, maintain inventory records, develop and use complex spreadsheets, and establish and maintain a payroll system.

TPB Approved BAS Courses in GST and BAS principles

The Cert IV in Bookkeeping and Cert IV in Accounting fulfills the training requirements to be a BAS agentBAS registration requires you to complete Tax Practitioner Board approved courses in GST and BAS principles. Inspire Education’s Certificate IV in Bookkeeping and Accounting courses include, by default, units that fulfil these requirements:

  • • FNSBKG404A Carry out business activity and instalment activity statement task, and
  • • FNSBKG405A Establish and maintain a payroll system

These units each include an online invigilated test administered by a third party to ensure they meet the Tax Practitioners Board requirement that ‘at least 40% of assessment is achieved through an independently supervised test/exam’.

Simply completing either of these Certificate IV courses will fulfill all the BAS registration education and training requirements!

Combined Certificate Program

Want to get an extra qualification and develop additional knowledge and skills valued by employers and clients? Either certificate course will fulfil the BAS agent registration requirements, but each one also has some unique features:

  • • The Certificate IV in Accounting will also train you to process financial transactions and extract interim reports, make decisions in a legal context and prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities.
  •  The Certificate IV in Bookkeeping will also train you to develop and implement policies and procedures relevant to bookkeeping activities, establish and maintain a cash accounting system, and establish and maintain an accrual accounting system.

Why choose between them? The combined certificate program allows you to get both qualifications straight up at a special discounted rate. You could get the second certificate later but you have to go through the RPL process and do extra work.

Enrolling in both certificates straight up streamlines the process and saves you money. There are ten common units and three unique to each qualification. That means you can get the second certificate with just three (3) extra units. You’ll have a broader range of skills and the best foundation for continuing your education with the Diploma of Accounting!

Recognition of Prior Learning

Study the Cert IV in Bookkeeping and Cert IV in Accounting with Inspire for discountsIt makes no sense to ignore your hard earned experience and all the training you’ve done over the years. So we don’t. Recognition of prior learning is available for all our courses, including the Certificate IV in Accounting and Certificate IV in Bookkeeping.

We do need you to provide evidence of your achievements and each case is assessed on its own merits. Unfortunately, we can’t just take your word for it. We know the overwhelming majority of people are honest, but there would inevitably be some people who would exploit the system.

If people are awarded a certificate without the skills and knowledge it requires, it reduces the value and respectability of your new qualification. We take RPL seriously so your qualifications continue to be highly valued in the financial services industry and your clients will have confidence in your training.

If you are applying for RPL, you will still need to complete the online tests for the BAS/GST principles units, FNSBKG404A and FNSBKG405A. The tests are required to meet the Tax Practitioner Board’s standards of training for BAS registration.

Now it’s time to start your BAS Agent training!

There is no time like the present to get started!

You’ll have 12 months to complete your course through online learning. Online is ideal for just about everyone, allowing ultimate flexibility in when and where you study. Blast through the course as quick as you can or do a little, often? Study at home, on the go, before/during/after work? It’s your choice!

All the assessment workbooks and explanatory learner guides you need are provided; you will have full trainer support, access to webinars, online forums and other useful resources. Enrol in one of our BAS-eligible accounting or bookkeeping courses today and fast-track your BAS training in one easy package!


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  • Angelique Kumm says:

    Hi. I’d just like to know if I have a level 5 in financial accounting through Icb South Africa I just do the FNSBKG404A and FNSBKG405A. Courses online and would that be enough to get work in Australia and would it be enough to become a bas member or do I need more study?

    • William Cowie William Cowie says:

      Hi Angelique,

      I’m not in a position to assess your qualifications and provide advice about them, so I’ll direct you to some agencies that can:

      Australian Tax Practitioner’s Board Education Requirements for BAS Agents. Scroll down to “Qualifications List” and you’ll find contact details for questions about qualifications.

      The Department of Immigration Australian Skills Recognition Information page for accountants has many useful resources for having your skills recognised.

      VETASSESS can help with recognition and formal Australian accreditation of your skills.

      The Australian ICB will most likely have helped people in your situation before.

      And of course we can work with you to RPL your qualifications and experience to achieve an Australian Diploma of Accounting (level 5) if you find you need an Australian accreditation to become a BAS Agent.

      Hope that helps!

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