Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

Your career in Bookkeeping starts here. Our Certificate IV in Bookkeeping is a practical, compact course giving you the foundations and fundamentals of Bookkeeping.


It meets all the requirements

This program meets all the educational requirements for BAS Agent registration by the Tax Practitioners Board.

Flexible delivery – designed for you

Melbourne Polytechnic’s flexible delivery is ideal if you’re returning to work and have responsibility for children. We’ve designed it with you in mind. You can enrol and start at any time, study online, and/or attend day or evening classes. Our daytime classes are between 9:00am and 3:30pm – 2 days per week over 18 weeks.

Designed by industry for industry

The Certificate IV in Bookkeeping has been designed by experienced industry practitioners. It covers the fundamentals of modern bookkeeping, including manual and computerised systems, Business Activity and Instalment Activity statements, and payroll systems, Excel and Word.

Studying full-time, you’ll complete two days per week over 18 weeks to achieve a total of six core units and seven elective units. Or you can study at your own pace, using a mix of online and classroom-based learning, through day and evening classes. The choice is yours.

Industry connections and resources

Melbourne Polytechnic’s links to the accounting industry will ensure your career gets off to a great start.

Our experienced teachers have real world experience, including those who are BAS agents and Certified Practising Accountants. Where appropriate, you will learn with guest speakers from several industry peak Bookkeeping bodies.</P

Our courses are developed under the Australian Qualifications Framework, in close consultation with industry and professional associations. This course is accredited by accounting’s professional bodies.

Employment outcomes

Satisfactory completion of the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping entitles you to become a member of several industry peak Bookkeeping bodies. You’ll also meet the minimum academic requirements under the Tax Agent Services Act 2009 to register as a BAS agent with the Tax Practitioners board.

You will be qualified to work in the following areas:

  • bookkeeping
  • accounts payable
  • accounts receivable
  • BAS Agent (after meeting all the Tax Practitioners Board requirements)


We use various forms of assessment, including classroom testing, assignments, presentations, group work, and case studies. A total of six core units and seven elective units must be completed successfully to attain this qualification.


For any additional information on the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or by email.

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Full-time: 6 months
Day classes

Part-time: 2 years
Flexible delivery. Day and evening classes available

Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Fri - AM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Flexible, Classroom


Find out more on fees and charges

Entrance Requirements

There are no prerequisite units for this course. You must be able to demonstrate that you’re capable of completing the course, having regard to the relevant competence levels of the Australian Qualifications Framework. A formal skills recognition process is available. For any additional information, we encourage you to attend one of Melbourne Polytechnic's Information Nights.

Assessment Methods

A total of six core units and seven elective units must be completed successfully to attain this qualification.


You will be required to purchase textbooks. A book list will be provided at enrolment. Our trainers will provide all additional materials. You are expected to have access to a computer. Computers are available in Melbourne Polytechnic’s computer labs and library if you do not have a computer at home.

Pathways to further study

You may articulate into the Diploma of Accounting and even go onto the Bachelor of Accounting. Completion of the Diploma of Accounting, with passes in the prescribed taxation units, satisfies the academic requirements for registration as a tax agent with the Tax Practitioners Board. To enter into the Diploma of Accounting, two pre-requisites are required

Career Pathways

Your career options include:
  • professional bookkeeper/BAS service provider (self-employed)
  • employed by a registered tax agent or accountant
  • bookkeeping duties in a range of businesses.

Enrolment Intake

  • Ongoing
  • February
  • July
  • Midyear

Units Of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
BSBFIA302 Process payroll 30
BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports 50
BSBITU304 Produce spreadsheets 35
BSBITU306 Design and produce business documents 80
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others 20
FNSACC301 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports 60
FNSACC302 Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers 40
FNSACC303 Perform financial calculations 30
FNSACC406 Set up and operate a computerised accounting system 80
FNSBKG401 Develop and implement policies and procedures relevant to bookkeeping activities 30
FNSBKG404 Carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasks 50
FNSBKG405 Establish and maintain a payroll system 30
FNSINC401 Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry 30

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.