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Certificate IV in Bookkeeping


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This certificate is the entry level qualification for a career in bookkeeping and explores a range of financial tasks including payroll, BAS and accounting systems.

There are multiple ways to study Certificate IV in Bookkeeping with Open Colleges

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Entry Requirements
18 years old, Year 12

One, some or all of these entry requirements must be met. Check with the provider before enrolling.

Nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework.
Case Studies, Multiple Choice, Projects, Short-Answer Questions, Written Reports

Course Overview

Recognised by both the Tax Practitioners Board and the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, this course is dedicated to developing your bookkeeping skills and is ideal for aspiring and practising bookkeepers and BAS (Business Activity Statement) agents.

The FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping includes the requirements set out by The Tax Practitioner’s Board for registering as a Business Activity Statements (BAS) agent, so it’s ideal if you’re planning to formalise your skills and take your career to the next level.

The course also offers you the chance to study a Certificate in MYOB as an optional elective, giving you valuable exposure to a computerised cloud accounting system.

The Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) recognises this qualification. Upon successful completion of your course, the TPB will recognise you as having met the educational requirements to register as a BAS (Business Activity Statement) agent. This course meets the TPB's current educational requirements for registered BAS agents, additional eligibility criteria may apply.

  • Accounts Supervisor
  • Bookkeeper

Course Content

To obtain a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping with Open Colleges, you’ll need to complete some or all of the following units of study successfully. Units may vary or change so check with the provider before enrolling.

A total of 13 Study Units must be completed to attain this qualification.

Core Units

6 Core Units must be completed to attain this qualification.

  • Prepare financial reports

  • Design and produce business documents

  • Develop and implement policies and procedures relevant to bookkeeping activities

  • Carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasks

  • Establish and maintain a payroll system

  • Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry

Elective Units

7 Elective Units must be completed to attain this qualification.

  • Develop and use complex spreadsheets

  • Introduce cloud computing into business operations

  • Process financial transactions and extract interim reports

  • Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers

  • Prepare operational budgets

  • Set up and operate a computerised accounting system

  • Manage budgets and forecasts

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Open Colleges has been delivering quality education for over 100 years. During this time, we have honed our unique learning model to become Australia’s leader in online learning. We’ve achieved this by continuously evolving our approach to meet the needs of our learners by offering flexible, accessible, affordable and supportive courses.

So far, we’ve have helped over 700,000 people gain the skills to launch, change or take the next step in their careers. All of us at Open Colleges put the student at the centre of everything we do, whether that’s helping you find the right course, designing a new course, making improvements to our online campus or giving you the support you need to reach your goals.

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