CERTIFICATE IV in Bookkeeping

The Certificate IV in Bookkeeping (FNS40215) is the minimum formal education requirement for registered BAS (Business Activity Statement) agents. If you are a contract bookkeeper, you must attain this qualification.

If you are an employee performing bookkeeping tasks or you are interested in becoming a bookkeeper this course is an ideal start to a career in financial services. It prepares you for managing business accounts in a way that keeps track of payments, purchases, sales and receipts and simplifies Business Activity Statements.

Course Structure

The Certificate IV in Bookkeeping (FNS40215) is made up of 13 units: 6 core units and 7 elective units.

Core Units
BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports
BSBITU306 Design and produce business documents
FNSBKG401 Develop and implement policies and procedures relevant to bookkeeping activities
FNSBKG404 Carry out business activity and instalment 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
FNSBKG403 Establish and maintain an accrual accounting system
FNSBKG402 Establish and maintain a cash accounting system
FNSACC301 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
FNSACC302 Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
FNSACC404 Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities
FNSACC402 Prepare operational budgets
FNSACC406 Set up and operate a computerised accounting system

Different elective choices may be available depending on accessibility of suitable resources. Customisation of the training program will be discussed and confirmed prior to enrolment.

Advertised course details are subject to change without notice.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this course. However, it is important that we enrol you into the right qualification. Candidates may need to complete an assessment if we think it is necessary and, in some cases, we may suggest a different course for you.

Delivery Modes

Our programs are designed to give students greater control over their course by encouraging them to study when and where it suits them. Our online and distance programs allow you to create the schedule that works for you and that fits in with all your other responsibilities.

Fully Online
Online learning has never been so easy, so accessible and so successful. The learning material is available on a simple and easy to use platform - even for those with little or no computer experience. The programs offers interactive learning tools and is cleverly designed to keep you motivated and engaged as you learn and submit your work. It is ideal for people who don't have the time or ability to attend classes and would prefer to work at their own pace.

Blended Learning: Combination of Online & Distance
If you prefer the more traditional textbook as the main learning material, we can arrange for books to be delivered to you. The learning is completed in 'distance' mode and the assesments are submitted online.




Course Locations

Study anywhere in Australia

National College Australia covers your learning through our online, distance and blended learning platforms wherever your hail from, including rural areas and every Australian capital city: Sydney (NSW), Canberra (ACT), Melbourne (Victoria), Perth (WA), Adelaide (SA), Brisbane (QLD), Hobart (TAS) and Darwin (NT). If you don't have reliable access to the internet because you live in a remote area, our distance learning may be the best option for you. A small postage fee applies when we send you your course materials.

Competency-Based Learning

Competency-based learning focuses on the learner’s ability to perform the tasks required for the job. There are no tests as students are required to complete a range of assessments to determine whether they have the necessary skills and knowledge. This course has been deisgned to prepare you with the right skills, knowledge and attitudes required to ‘do the job’.

Workplace Based Evidence

Evidence of competence may come from direct observation in the workplace. Wherever possible, a College Assessor will conduct these observations, but if this isn't possible NCA will arrange for the observation to be completed by another suitable person.

To satisfy all of the requirements of this course, you must carry out a minimum number of workplace hours. The College will discuss suitable options with you.

Assessment Information

Assessment will include a combination of the assessment methods below for each unit of competency:

  • Written & oral questions
  • Projects
  • Case studies
  • Practical observations
  • Video assessments Third party evidence
  • Portolfio of evidence


Our courses are designed to be completed within 12 months for Certificate II - IV levels and 18 months for Diploma level qualifications. Every learner studies at a different pace but the more carefully you follow your study plan, the greater the chance of success. Rollover fees do apply to extend completion dates.

The time required for each unit of competency is different as the volume of work for each unit will vary from around 20 to 60 hours.


National College Australia recognises the skills and knowledge gained through previous studies and/or work experience. If you think you may be eligible for recognition or a credit transfer, ask a Course Advisor. 

Learning Pathways

When you successfully complete the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping (FNS40215), you may be eligible for advanced standing in:

  • Diploma of Accounting (FNS50215)
  • Selected Diploma qualifications in the FNS10 Financial Services Training Package

Occupation Titles

The bookkeeping training will qualify you for employment in a bookkeeping job role that includes:

  • working with computerised accounting systems
  • completing BAS and other financial statements
  • developing bookkeeping management systems
  • general administration

Support and Monitoring

We understand that, for many people, going back to study can be quite daunting, especially if you haven't had any formal training in a while. To make the experience as easy and less-daunting for you as possible, we will be there with you from start to finish. All new students are given a one on one telephone induction with their Assessor at the very start of the course. Once you start, your Assessor will monitor your progress as you work through each unit of competency and provide you with support as needed.

It is our job to make sure you're following your study plan and completing your work on time.

Vocational Placement

All students must have access to a workplace that relates to this qualification. Students who are not working in the industry are required to complete at least 120 hours of vocational placement.

Vocational placement will give you hands-on experience in the industry and it's an excellent opportunity to meet a prospective employer.

Please note that some workplaces may require a criminal record check clearance. You will be required to pay for any criminal checks that the College conducts on your behalf.

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