Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

Course Code: FNS40217

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The FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping supersedes the FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping and the FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting.

The Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping is a nationally recognised qualification suitable for anyone wishing to operate as a bookkeeper and accountant in Australia.

This includes those wishing to work or already working as a contract bookkeeper, employees performing the role of a bookkeeper in an organisation, as well as individuals wishing to receive training to be able to undertake a bookkeeping role to move up in their present organisation or if seeking new employment.

This qualification is suitable to fulfil the educational requirements to become a registered BAS Agent, one of the most essential functions a contract bookkeeper can offer to Australian businesses. An optional exam and 1,400 hours of experience are required to get TPB registration.

The FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping is a prerequisite for studying the FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting.

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Where can the FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping Take Your Career?

Becoming a qualified accountant and bookkeeper is an exciting career prospect. Our Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping Course (FNS40217) is perfect for those wishing to pursue a career as a:

  • Accountant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Senior Accounts Administrator
  • BAS Agent (special conditions apply)
  • Payroll Administrator

Course Delivery

The most effective and popular method of delivery for this Accounting and Bookkeeping course is through Online Learning. This lets the students complete their Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping (FNS40217) course as fast as they’d like and at a pace comfortable to them. It enables busy professionals wishing to upskill the ability to become qualified in bookkeeping without having to attend lengthy classes or workshops.

Because Inspire’s accounting and bookkeeping certificate course is delivered online, students are able to complete their Cert IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping (FNS40217) from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, or in fact anywhere in Australia at times that are most convenient for them.

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Course Duration:  You will have 24 months to complete the course from your commencement date through online/distance learning. Inspire has a continual intake of students on this basis.

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What Will you Learn in the Accounting and Bookkeeping Course?

Inspire’s Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping (FNS40217) is designed to help you develop the skills you need to perform a wide range of entry-level accounting and bookkeeping jobs. An optional exam can fulfil the educational requirements for TPB registration.

Gain valuable skills during the course, including how to prepare financial reports, provide financial transactions and extract interim reports, make decisions within the accounting code of conduct, and set up and operate a computerised accounting system.

Additionally, you will develop a broad range of competencies highly regarded and attractive to prospective employers in all industry sectors, such as applying cost management techniques and processing business tax requirements.

Course Outline & Structure

Expected Study Hours: Up to 1,065 study hours is expected for this course, depending on each learner’s existing knowledge and skill. You will be provided with a training plan and a cohort level based on your existing skills and knowledge through a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation.

Inspire Education has identified has 4 student cohorts:

  1. Beginner Cohort (Full Study Model) – includes individuals with limited knowledge or skill in the competence contained in this qualification and with no recent related industry experience; study hours is up to 1,065 hours
  2. Intermediate Cohort (Partial Study Model) – includes individuals with moderate prior knowledge and skill in the competence contained in this qualification and with limited recent related industry experience; study hours is up to 770 hours
  3. Advanced Cohort (Partial Recognition Pathway) – includes individuals with extensive knowledge and skill in the competence contained in this qualification and with recent related industry work experience of one year or more; study hours is up to 475 hours
  4. Expert Cohort (Assessment Only) – consists of individuals with current industry experience of 2 or more years and with extensive specific knowledge and skill in the competence contained in this qualification; this includes candidates already holding the FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping and FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting who are currently working in the industry; study hours is up to 518 hours

Assessment Methods: Assessment is conducted using a combination of knowledge assessment, case study, workplace project/project assessment, practical assessment, and observation report to give you maximum opportunity to develop your knowledge in accounting and bookkeeping.

FNS40217 Course Units

The FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping course is comprised of 13 units – 8 core units plus 5 elective units. Our Cert IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping elective units have been carefully selected to ensure they meet the needs of a wide range of roles requiring accounting skills.

Core Units:

BSBFIA401 – Prepare financial reports
BSBSMB412 – Introduce cloud computing into business operations
FNSACC311 – Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
FNSACC312 – Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
FNSACC408 – Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry

FNSACC416 – Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
Complete business activity and instalment activity statements
 – Establish and maintain payroll systems

Elective Units:

BSBITU402 – Develop and use complex spreadsheets
 – Maintain inventory records
FNSACC412 – Prepare operational budgets
BSBITU306 – Design and produce business documents
FNSACC414 – Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites required to enter this accounting and bookkeeping qualification. However, it is preferred that students:

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Have sound language and literacy skills (at least Year 10 English and Maths, or equivalent)
  • Have sound computer skills, especially with Word, Excel, and MYOB
  • Hold a Certificate III in Accounts Administration OR equivalent accounting experience

It is also recommended that students:

  • Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Provide a valid ID with picture and signature
  • Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Evaluation
  • Undertake a Personal Learning Plan Evaluation before accessing the course materials and commencing studies


To support you in your studies Inspire will provide:

  • Access to a student account in the LMS for submissions
  • Learning Materials and Assessment Workbooks
  • Simulations, where applicable
  • Templates for completing Project Documents
  • Access to MYOB

To complete your studies you will need to have access to:

  • A computer (PC or Mac) with 5mbps+ Internet (Google Chrome is recommended)
  • Latest Adobe Acrobat Reader (Essential for Mac Users)
  • MYOB Student Software (if Mac User without OSX 10.7 – OSX 10.10)
  • Latest Microsoft Office, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel, or equivalent applications
  • Access to a workplace is only required if completing a work-based or RPL pathway; simulation pathway is also available
  • Webcam and USB Headset
  • Access to volunteers and a mobile phone/camera capable of recording video to complete role-play activities
  • Skype/GoToMeeting/GoToTraining, Radmin and Team Viewer (free downloads)
  • Basic Calculator (handheld or on a computer)
  • Downloaded materials from the ATO and TPB

*Qualified observer/assessor – a VET practitioner qualified to provide assessment in accordance to Clauses 1.13 to 1.16 of Standards for RTOs 2015.

Inspire works with a range of reputable parties to market and recruit for national qualification and courses. Students of Inspire Education may be recruited by other parties under specific arrangements.

Qualification Pathways

Students enrolled in this FNS40217 course may wish to study other courses that will complement their bookkeeping and accounting skills. Other options available for students may include:

  • FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting
  • FNS60217 Advanced Diploma of Accounting
  • BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business
  • BSB40515 Certificate IV in Business Administration
  • BSB50415 Diploma of Business Administration
  • TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Inspire Education has a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy to ensure that an individual’s prior learning, achieved through formal and informal training, work experience or other life experiences, is appropriately recognised. This RPL process may assist students to progress faster through a unit of competency, or allow the student full credit for previously completed units with another RTO.

Recognition of Prior Learning is available to any learner who can provide evidence of competency for the units offered within this qualification. See the Inspire RPL Guide for more information on this process and how to apply.

Helpful Guides and Resources

1. How to Become a Registered BAS Agent

2. Accounting Vs Bookkeeping

3. BAS Agent Courses

4. How To Become A Contract Bookkeeper

5. Payroll Clerk Job Description

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