Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

Course Code: FNS40215

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Bookkeeping Course

Enrolments for this course has closed as it has been superseded by the FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping.

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Where Can the FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping Take Your Career?

Becoming a Bookkeeper is an exciting career prospect. Our Certificate IV in Bookkeeping Course (FNS40215) is perfect for those wishing to pursue a career as a

  • Contract Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Receivable and Payable Clerk
  • General Clerical Assistant
  • Payroll Clerk

Course Delivery

The most effective and popular method of delivery is through Online Learning, enabling students to complete their Certificate IV in Bookkeeping (FNS40215) as fast as they’d like.  This enables busy professionals wishing to upskill the ability to become qualified in bookkeeping without having to attend lengthy classes or workshops.

Because Inspire’s bookkeeping certificate course is delivered online, students are able to complete their Cert IV in Bookkeeping (FNS40215) from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, or in fact anywhere in Australia at times that are most convenient for them.

Course Duration:  You will have 12 months to complete the course from your enrolment 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 Bookkeeping Course?

Inspire’s Cert IV in Bookkeeping (FNS40215) is designed to teach you the many facets of bookkeeping practices used within the industry today. You will learn how to establish and maintain accounting systems (cash and accrual), prepare financial statements, and how to maintain asset and inventory records.

Our bookkeeping course covers how to carry out Business Activity and Instalment Activity Tasks, and how to Establish and Maintain a Payroll System using Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) approved assessment methods.  This means that by completing this course you will meet the education requirements for BAS agent registration in Australia.

Additionally, throughout your studies, you will develop a broad range of general bookkeeping and financial industry skills  including the principles of professional practice, customer service, quality communication, and health and safety processes.

This is the current Certificate IV in Bookkeeping course (FNS40215) which supersedes the older Certificate IV in  Bookkeeping FNS40211 qualification.

Course Outline & Structure

Expected Study Hours:  There are a total of 600 expected study hours for this course. This equals approximately 12 hours of study per week for the full 12 month course, however you may work at your own pace and complete your course faster if you’d like!

Assessment Methods:  Assessment is conducted using a combination of written questions, problem solving activities, case studies, research projects and document creation to give you maximum opportunity to develop your knowledge in bookkeeping.

FNS40215 Course Units

Inspire provides the FNS40215, Certificate IV in Bookkeeping Course which is comprised of 13 units – 6 core units plus 7 elective units.  Our elective course units have been carefully selected to ensure they meet the needs of a wide range of professional bookkeepers.

Core Units:

FNSINC401 – Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry
FNSBKG401 – Develop and implement policies and practices relevant to bookkeeping activities
FNSBKG404 – Carry out Business Activity and Installment Activity Statement tasks*
FNSBKG405 – Establish and maintain a payroll system*
BSBFIA401 – Prepare financial reports
BSBITU306 – Design and produce business documents


BSBWHS201 – Contribute to health and safety of self and others
– Perform financial calculations
FNSBKG402 – Establish and maintain a Cash Accounting System
FNSBKG403 – Establish and maintain a Accrual Accounting System
FNSACC405 – Maintain inventory records
FNSACC406 – Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
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 Bookkeeping course shares units with the FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting. Inspire offers a Combined Certificate so that you can complete both qualifications at the same time!

Additional Units:
(when applying for the Combined Certificate IV in Accounting/Certificate IV in Bookkeeping Course)

FNSACC301 – Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
FNSACC302 – Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
FNSACC402 – Prepare operational budgets
FNSACC404A – Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites required to enter this 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)
  • Hold a Certificate III in Accounts Administration OR some industry experience
  • Have basic computer skills preferably with Microsoft Word and Excel


To support you in your studies Inspire will provide:

  • Online Course Materials and Resources
  • Templates, Samples and Simulated Data
  • MYOB Student Software for Microsoft Windows and Mac Users (Compatible for OSX10.7 – OSX10.10 only)
  • Access to the Australian Accounting and Auditing Standards & Tax Info
  • Ongoing Trainer Support via Phone and Student Messaging System
  • Workplace Equipment, Policies, Procedures, Templates and Other Documentation

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 Flash Player
  • Latest Adobe Acrobat Reader (Essential for Mac Users)
  • MYOB Student Software (only for Mac Users without OSX10.7 – OSX 10.10)
  • Microsoft Word and Excel 97 or later
  • Webcam and USB Headset
  • Skype, Radmin and Team Viewer (free downloads)
  • Basic Calculator (handheld or on computer)
  • Downloaded materials from the ATP and TPB

Qualification Pathways

After completing the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping, learners can continue their 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 bookkeeping skills, such as:

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.

Certification Requirements

This Certificate IV in Bookkeeping (FNS40215) 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.

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

^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.

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