Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping 
 Duration 52 weeks

Qualification Description
The course introduces the concept of accounting and its history. Provides students with an overview of how accounting is organised within Australia. Outlines Accounting Skills, Applying Principles of Professional Practice, use of technology, communication and health and safety practices within the accounting workplace/environment.

Employability Pathway

This qualification reflects the job roles of workers in the accounting industry, including BAS Agents and contract bookkeepers; and of those employees performing bookkeeping tasks for organisations in a range of industries. It includes preparing and lodging business and instalment activity statements and providing advice or dealing with the Commissioner on behalf of a taxpayer in relation to activity statements.

Pathways from the qualification

This course has national recognition. We recommend you progress into the FNS50217 Diploma in Accounting

Entry Requirements

Nil. Year 12 English or equivalent is recommended. Students must be over 18 years of age.

Students must have completed at least Year 12 or equivalent. Students must have an English proficiency of IELTS level overall band score of 5.5 but minimum in individual band score of 5.0 (test results must be no more than 2 years old).

International Students may not be required to provide evidence of English Language competence where documented evidence can be provided to demonstrate any of the following:

  • the student was educated for 5 years in an English-speaking country.
  • the student has successfully completed a foundation course in Australia
  • the student has successfully completed their High School in English Language.

In some instances, to confirm the suitability of your enrolment into the course, you may be required to participate in an interview with our Academic Manager who will determine the suitability of your enrolment into the course. This interview may occur via an online meeting.

Packing Rules

Total number of units of competency = 13

8 core units plus 5 elective units


The elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment, and contribute to a valid industry-supported vocational outcome, and are to be chosen as follows:

  • all 5 units may be chosen from the elective units listed below
  • up to 2 units may be from a Certificate III, Certificate IV or Diploma in any currently endorsed training package or accredited course, provided they do not duplicate the outcome of another unit chosen for the qualification.

Core Unit

Prepare financial reports
Introduce cloud computing into business operations
Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry
Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
Complete business activity and instalment activity statements
Establish and maintain payroll systems

Electives Units

Manage personal work priorities and professional development
Perform Financial Calculations
Write simple documents
Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities
Prepare operational budgets