Enrolments for This Course Has Closed as It Has Been Superseded by the FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping.

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Course Description

The Certificate IV in Accounting (FNS40615) is an excellent choice for those wanting to hone their skills and get ahead in their career or embark on a new career journey. This Accounting course is perfect for those wishing to gain employment in general account keeping within small business as financial and insurance clerks, accounts receivable and payable clerks, payroll clerks, general clerical assistants, trainee accountants, and for those wishing to get into banking, finance and related fields.

The Certificate IV in Accounting (FNS40615) will give you the skills to provide professional financial services boosting your job prospects and establishing a career pathway into all industries.

Where Can the FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting Take Your Career?

The Certificate IV in Accounting (FNS40615) is an excellent choice for those wanting to hone their skills and get ahead in their career. It is perfect for those wishing to engage in careers such as:

  • General Account Keeping within a Small Business
  • Accounts Receivable and Payable Clerks
  • Payroll Clerks
  • General Clerical Assistants
  • Trainee Accountants
  • General Banking, and Finance related fields

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.

Course Details

Course Code:

Course Name:

FNS40215 Certificate IV in Accounting

Course Duration:

Expected Study Hours:

12 months Up to 620 study hours depending on your experience

Delivery Methods:


Online Self-Paced Course Start any time for Online Self-Paced!

Course Delivery Options

This course is delivered through Online Learning, a popular and effective method of study. Online learning is ideal for anyone wishing to become qualified in accounting without having to travel and attend workshops or classes at inconvenient times.

Online learning also allows you to study at your own pace anywhere in Australia, including remote areas AND all major cities such as Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth or Adelaide.

Please read our policies and procedures in the Inspire student handbook before enrolling by clicking here.

Course Duration: You will have 12 months from your commencement date to complete your training through online learning. There are no fixed study periods, so you can enrol and commence your training at any time throughout the year.

What Will You Learn in the Accounting Course?

Inspire’s accounting certificate course is designed to develop your skills and knowledge of accounting in Australia. It is an ideal course to help you enter or develop your career in the accounting industry. In this course, you will learn how to process financial transactions, prepare statements and reports, carry out BAS tasks and set up and maintain a computerised accounting system.

This FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting course includes units covering GST and BAS taxation principles which are assessed using TPB approved methods. This means that by completing this qualification, you will meet the educational requirements for BAS agent registration in Australia.

As part of your course you will also explore and develop a broad range of general accounting and financial industry skills, such as quality communication, professional practice, creating business documents, and making decisions in a legal context.

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites required to enter the Certificate IV in Accounting.

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)
  • Hold a Certificate III in Accounts Administration OR some accounting industry experience
  • Have basic computer skills preferably with Latest Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Qualification Pathways

After completing the Certificate IV in Accounting, you can continue your financial services studies with the Diploma of Accounting FNS50215. The Diploma qualification is suitable to pursue roles such as an Assistant Accountant, Company Bookkeeper or Supervisor of Accounts Department.

Once enrolled in this course you may also consider additional training to complement your accounting skills, such as:

Course Units

The Certificate IV in Accounting FNS40615 is comprised of 13 units – 10 core units, and 3 elective units. Our elective course 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
BSBITU306 – Design and produce business documents
FNSACC301 – Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
FNSACC302 – Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
FNSACC402 – Prepare operational budgets
FNSACC404 – Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities
FNSACC406 – Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
FNSBKG404 – Carry out Business Activity and Installment Activity Statement tasks*
FNSBKG405 – Establish and maintain a payroll system*
FNSINC401 – Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry

Elective Units:

BSBWHS201 – Contribute to health and safety of self and others
 – Perform financial calculations
BSBITU402 – Develop and use complex spread sheets

*Students are required to complete assessments under supervision to complete this unit. The assessments are “open book”, and assessment files will be distributed to the student at the start of the supervised session. Supervision is conducted online using video conferencing software, so you can complete the assessment from the convenience of your own home using your own computer. Supervised assessments are scheduled on weekdays during business hours only, and may take up to a full day per unit (2 units total) to complete. Students may need to schedule additional sessions to complete assessments if they are found Not Yet Competent on the first attempt.

This Accounting course shares many units with the FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping. Inspire offers a Combined Certificate option so that you can complete both qualifications at the same time!

Additional Units:

(when completing the Combined Certificate IV in Accounting/Certificate IV in Bookkeeping)

FNSACC405 – Maintain inventory records
FNSBKG401 – Develop and implement policies and practices relevant to bookkeeping activities
FNSBKG402 – Establish and maintain a Cash Accounting System
FNSBKG403 – Establish and maintain a Accrual Accounting System

Resources Provided by Inspire

To support you in your studies Inspire will provide:

  • Online Course Materials and Resources
  • Comprehensive Webinar
  • Ongoing Trainer Support via Phone and Student Messaging System
  • Templates, Samples and Simulated Data
  • MYOB Student Software for Microsoft Windows and Mac Users (Compatible for OSX10.7 – OSX10.10 only)
  • Australian Accounting and Auditing Standards

Resources Supplied by the Student

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

  • A Computer (PC or Mac) with 5mbps+ Internet (ADSL 2+ and Google Chrome is recommended)
  • Latest Adobe Acrobat Reader (Essential for Mac Users)
  • MYOB Student Software (only for Mac Users without OSX10.7 – OSX 10.10)
  • Latest Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Webcam and USB Headset
  • Skype and GotoMeeting, (free downloads)
  • Basic Calculator

Course Outline & Structure

There are 620 expected study hours of work for this course. You can study at your own pace and complete the course faster if you like!

Assessment Methods

This course is assessed through a wide range of methods, including written questioning, practical assessment, and activities, problem solving in scenarios or simulated activities, case studies, research, and by gathering and creating documents.

Certification Requirements

This FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting course fulfills the training requirements to register as a BAS agent in Australia, including Tax Practitioner Board approved units in basic GST/BAS taxation principles.  For more information about BAS agent registration, including experience, training and other requirements, please visit the Tax Practitioners Board website.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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

^To enrol now, pay only the upfront fee and take advantage of easy monthly payments for the remaining course balance. View the course information pack for complete pricing details.
*Payment plans and options are available to selected courses only. Course timetables only for courses that offer blended delivery option.