Certificate IV Bookkeeping


Qualification Certificate IV Bookkeeping
National course code FNS40215
Accreditation Tactical Training Group
Recognition Nationally Recognised Certificate - meets AQF standards (What's this?)
Duration Self-paced, 6 to 12 months
Study mode Online
Start date Enrol anytime
Price $3,000


The Certificate IV in Bookkeeping qualification is designed to reflect the job roles of contract bookkeepers and employees performing bookkeeping tasks for organisations in a range of industries.

This online course meets the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) guidelines, allowing you to work as a bookkeeper in Australia. This course also meets the Tax Practitioner’s Board requirements for BAS (Business Activity Statement) agents.

A Business Activity Statement (BAS) service is a tax agent service that includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • preparing or lodging an approved form about a taxpayer’s liabilities, obligations or entitlements under a BAS provision;
  • giving a taxpayer advice about a BAS provision that the taxpayer can reasonably be expected to rely upon to satisfy their taxation obligations; or
  • dealing with the Commissioner on behalf of a taxpayer in relation to a BAS provision.

  • Advance your career
    Get ahead with a Certificate IV Bookkeeping.
  • Flexible Learning
    Work at your own pace. No fixed timetables and exam schedules. Fit your study around your life and work commitments.
  • National Qualification
    This qualification is recognised with the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Who is this course for?

This course is for individuals seeking to operate as a bookkeeper and meet the ax Practitioner’s Board requirements for BAS (Business Activity Statement) agents.

Persons providing a BAS service must be registered by the Tax Practitioner’s Board and this qualification is currently cited as meeting the educational requirements for registration. Other conditions apply including a designated period of experience. Persons seeking BAS agent registration should check current registration requirements with the Board as this is regularly reviewed.

Skills developed

  • Learn how to set up MYOB and use computerised accounting systems
  • Complete Business Activity Statement and Instalment Activity Statement tasks
  • Learn to develop and maintain payroll systems
  • Improve workplace protocols, routines, policies and procedures as well as personal work priorities and development
  • Prepare financial reports and statements
  • Develop and use complex spreadsheets and design business documents
  • Learn to establish and maintain both cash and accrual accounting systems

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification, however there are preferred entry pathways for candidates considering this qualification.

Recognition of prior learning

Skills and qualifications you already have may count towards your qualification.

Find out more


This course is accredited under the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF), Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a nationally recognised qualification, FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping.

Course requirements

What you'll neeed.

In order to successfully enrol in this course, you must have a level of proficiency in written English, allowing you to engage in the course materials and content and ensuring you can undertake the variety of assessments.

To complete the course material you’ll need access to a computer AND smart device. Plus you’ll also need the following PC software/hardware specifications:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent (Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint)
  • Strong internet access Printer
  • Microsoft Windows XP or MAC equivalent Scanner/Camera (you may be required to scan and email a document to your trainer/upload to the online system. If you do not have a scanner, you are able to take a photo of the document.)

You must be at least 16 years old on the date of application. If you are under the age of 18 you will also need an application signed by your parent or guardian.

  • Year 10 and a minimum of one year of vocational experience OR
  • Completion of a government recognised Certificate II course or higher OR
  • Relevant vocational experience

Qualification pathways

Pathways into the qualification

Certificate III in Accounts Administration

Pathways from the qualification

The primary pathway from this qualification is employment in a bookkeeping job role with functions that include:

  • establishing and maintaining manual and computerised accounting systems
  • completing Business Activity Statements (BAS) and other office financial statements
  • developing bookkeeping management systems for organisations
  • general administration.

A further learning pathway utilising qualifications at a Diploma level would support career progression.

Course details

Total Units: 13

Learn and develop the skills and knowledge required to participate in work health and safety (WHS) processes to protect own health and safety, and that of others.

Code: BSBWHS201 Myskills

Learn and develop the skills and knowledge required to record and prepare payroll documentation, deal with enquiries in regard to payroll and process payroll from provided data in manual or computerised accounting systems.

Code: FNSACC406 Myskills

Learn and develop the skills and knowledge required to design and produce various business documents and publications. Including selecting and using a range of functions on a variety of computer applications.

Code: BSBITU306 Myskills

Learn and develop the skills and knowledge required to record and prepare payroll documentation, deal with enquiries in regard to payroll and process payroll from provided data in manual or computerised accounting systems.

Code: FNSBKG405 Myskills

Learn and develop the knowledge and skills required to record general journal adjustment entries and prepare end of period financial reports.

Code: BSBFIA401 Myskills

Learn and develop the skills and knowledge required to develop a range of commonly required financial reports for entities that do not have a statutory duty to file financial reports with government agencies and regulators.

Code: FNSACC404 Myskills

Learn and develop the skills and knowledge required to process business taxation requirements related to Business Activity Statements (BAS) and Instalment Activity Statements (IAS), including the completion of Activity Statements.

Code: FNSBKG404 Myskills

Learn and develop the skills and knowledge required to use spreadsheet software to complete business tasks and to produce complex spreadsheets.

Code: BSBITU402 Myskills

Learn and develop skills and knowledge required to identify industry professional approaches to procedures, guidelines, policies and standards. This includes ethical requirements and models necessary to meet expectations of these in all aspects of work.

Code: FNSINC401 Myskills

Learn and develop the skills and knowledge required to create systems and process to organise information and prioritise tasks

Code: BSBWOR501 Myskills

Learn and develop the skills and knowledge required to develop, implement and maintain policies and practices required to ensure the provision of quality service for in-house or contracted bookkeeping activities

Code: FNSBKG401 Myskills

Learn and develop the skills and knowledge required to establish and administer a cash receipts and payments system, and manage bank reconciliations and reporting responsibilities for manual and computerised systems.

Code: FNSBKG402 Myskills

Learn and develop the skills and knowledge required to establish debtors and creditors, manage debt recovery, perform reconciliations and prepare reports for accrual accounting in manual and computerised accounting systems.

Code: FNSBKG403 Myskills

For more detailed information about the course structure please visit Certificate IV Bookkeeping FNS40215 at Training.gov.au

Job roles

The following occupations relate to this qualification.

Accounts Supervisors complete Business Activity Statements and prepare other office taxes; produce basic management and job costing reports; prepare budgets; supervise the operation of computer based systems; classify, record and report accounting information; and maintain inventory records.

Bookkeepers work within a business, where they establish and maintain accounting systems, assist with Business Activity Statements and other office taxes, supervise the payroll system, and develop finance management systems for organisations.


The following industries relate to this qualification.

This sector covers the auditing of accounting records, preparation of financial statements and tax returns and bookkeeping.

This sector covers the establishment and maintenance of procedures, records, and regulations for commercial activities. For qualifications relating to specific aspects of business administration, use the headings Governance, Human Resource Management, Occupational Health & Safety, Purchasing and Procurement, Quality Auditing, or Recordkeeping.

This sector covers the activities necessary for the effective operation of a business. For qualifications relating to this industry, use the headings Advertising and Marketing, Business Administration, Commerce, Customer Service, Financial Services, Industrial Relations, Legal Administration, or Small Business.

This sector covers services provided by the finance industry, including conveyancing, credit management, mercantile agents and trustees. For qualifications relating to specific aspects of financial services, use the headings Accounting and Bookkeeping, Broking, Financial Planning, Insurance, Superannuation, or Workers Compensation.

Subsidised training

We offer subsidised training in the following highlighted states and territories


Employer incentives

Your investment in skilling your staff through training may also bring with it a number of State and Australian Government financial incentives.

Financial incentives you may be eligible for include:

  • Australian Government standard Commencement and Completion Incentives ranging from $750
    to over $4,000
  • Training award pay rates (if required)
  • Exemption or rebates from payroll tax (where applicable)
  • Exemption of apprentice’s wages from workers compensation premium calculations (NSW apprentices)
  • Extra incentives to assist in the employment of under-represented groups such as
  • Apprentices or trainees with a disability, mature age, school-based and Indigenous
  • A number of extra incentives which are available for certain areas or qualifications

Note Incentives are dependent on meeting eligibility criteria.

Contact Allara Leaning on 1300 772 724 to discuss your eligibility for incentives.


Course Category 1st Qualification 2nd Qualification Apprenticeship/Traineeship Concession
Certificate IV Bookkeeping FNS40215 $1980 $2310 $1000 $240
Western Australia
Course Category Course Fees Range*
Min Max Concession
Apprenticeships, traineeships and priority industry training (Certificate II to IV) $1500 $2500 $415
*The Student tuition fees (course Fees) are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as student service and resource fees.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Fees for RPL applications are calculated on a case by case basis and may be reduced due to credit transfer. The base price for RPL applications is:

  • Certificate II to Certificate IV qualifications $1,500^
  • Diploma to Advanced Diploma qualifications $2,000^
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