Courses

Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

FNS40217

From January 2019, this course will be offered free of tuition fees for eligible students under the Victorian government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses program, designed to reduce the financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to jobs in demand from Victorian employers. If you're eligible, the State Government will cover the full cost of your tuition fees for this course, saving you thousands of dollars. Other fees, such as materials and amenities, may still apply. Enquire here or call 9269 8400 to check your eligibility for this offer.

Every business, organisation and company uses accountants to process their financial information. Enter the industry as an Accounting Support Officer with our comprehensive training.

Be Future Ready

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

You’ll gain practical knowledge of a variety of accounting and bookkeeping tasks performed in the workplace, including completing Business Activity Statements (BAS), preparing financial reports, and establishing and maintaining a payroll system. You’ll also figure out how to quickly adapt and be versatile to progressive changes in the industry.

Upon the completion of the program you would be Job ready in these following roles:

  • Setting up and operating a computer-based financial system using MYOB
  • 21st Century skills by producing business documents, spreadsheets and cloud computing
  • Classifying, recording and reporting accounting information and preparing financial reports
  • Completing Business Activity Statements (BAS)
  • Establishing and maintaining a payroll system
  • Managing accounts receivable and payable
  • Prepare budgets
  • Preparing and processing bank reconciliations
  • Producing simple and standard management financial reports

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 numbers add up

This is a practical course that will give you the foundation you need for an outstanding accounting career.

In the Certificate IV in Accounting, you’ll study manual accounting and computerised accounting, using MYOB, BAS, Payroll, Excel and Word.

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 (CPAs).

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

Employment outcomes

You’ll gain the skills needed and meet the educational requirements set by the Tax Practitioners Board to work as a bookkeeper or BAS agent.

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)

Local Students

Code

FNS40217

VTAC Code

Preston 6900669204
Greensborough 6901069204

Campuses

Greensborough, Preston

Department

Business Management and Finance
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 6 months

Part-time: 2 years
Part time delivery 1-2 years. Day and evening classes available.

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

Modes of Delivery

Classroom

Fees

From January 2019, this course is offered at $0 tuition for eligible students under the Victorian State Government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses program. Note you may still have to pay other fees, such as materials and amenities. Enquire here or call 9269 8400 to check your eligibility for this offer.

Eligible:$2750
Ineligible:$4900
Concession:$550

Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

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Assessment Methods

Assessment consists of classroom testing, assignments, presentations, group work, and case studies. A total of eight core units and five elective units must be completed successfully to attain this qualification.

Materials

You will be required to purchase textbooks. A book list will be provided at enrolment. The teaching department will provide all additional materials. You are also 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.

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. If you would like additional information, we encourage you to attend one of our Information Sessions.

Pathways to further study

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

Career Pathways

Careers in accounting are international and cross-industry. Opening your own accounting practice, working for a multinational, or somewhere in between, this qualification provides the essential fundamental building block to your career in the diverse world of accounting.

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • April
  • July

International Students

Code

FNS40217

CRICOS Code

099955G

Campuses

Preston

Duration

Full-time: 6 months

Modes of Delivery

Classroom

Fees

  • Tuition fees per semester: $6600
  • Tuition fees per year: $6600
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Entrance Requirements

Academic: Australian Year 11 equivalent or "O-Levels" with at least 4 credits preferably including Mathematics, English and subjects in the discipline area.
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.
Other:Full-time only for international students

Assessment Methods

Assessment consists of classroom testing, assignments, presentations, group work, and case studies. A total of eight core units and five elective units must be completed successfully to attain this qualification.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Pathways to further study

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

Career Pathways

Careers in accounting are international and cross-industry. Opening your own accounting practice, working for a multinational, or somewhere in between, this qualification provides the essential fundamental building block to your career in the diverse world of accounting.

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July
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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
BSBFIA401 PREPARE FINANCIAL REPORTS 50
BSBITU306 DESIGN AND PRODUCE BUSINESS DOCUMENTS 80
BSBITU314 DESIGN AND PRODUCE SPREADSHEETS 35
BSBSMB412 INTRODUCE CLOUD COMPUTING INTO BUSINESS OPERATIONS 50
FNSACC311 PROCESS FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS AND EXTRACT INTERIM REPORTS 60
FNSACC312 ADMINISTER SUBSIDIARY ACCOUNTS AND LEDGERS 40
FNSACC313 PERFORM FINANCIAL CALCULATIONS 30
FNSACC408 WORK EFFECTIVELY IN THE ACCOUNTING AND BOOKKEEPING INDUSTRY 40
FNSACC412 PREPARE OPERATIONAL BUDGETS 40
FNSACC414 PREPARE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR NON-REPORTING ENTITIES 60
FNSACC416 SET UP AND OPERATE A COMPUTERISED ACCOUNTING SYSTEM 80
FNSTPB401 COMPLETE BUSINESS ACTIVITY AND INSTALMENT ACTIVITY STATEMENTS 50
FNSTPB402 ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN PAYROLL SYSTEMS 45

Skills Recognition

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

This qualification aligns with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 4.