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Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

Free TAFE Jobtrainer Code: FNS40217 Cricos: 099955G

Overview

Campus

Preston, Online

Campus

Preston

Duration

6 months full time / 18 months part time

Duration

6 months

Requirements

No formal prerequisites. Must have some knowledge or have some previous experience in the workplace.

Requirements

Australian Year 11 equivalent. Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0.

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

Your first step into the world of finance

You can enter the finance industry with essential skills as an accounting support officer and bookkeeper with our FNS40617 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping. You’ll gain practical knowledge of a variety of accounting and bookkeeping skills necessary for the workplace, include completing BAS statements, preparing financial reports and establishing a payroll system. Bookkeeping is a large and stable occupation, with a predicted 50,000 job openings in the next five years. Bookkeepers and accountants are necessary across all industries, so you can choose where you want to go, and never be bored.

Graduate job ready with practical skills

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certification IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping is a practical course that will give you the foundation for a career in accounting. You’ll learn both traditional manual accounting and computerised accounting, through programs including MYOB, BAS, Payroll and Excel. At Melbourne Polytechnic, we’ve worked directly with professional accounting bodies to develop a course that ensures you’re industry ready. You’ll learn from teachers with real-world experience, including BAS agents and certified practicing accountants. This course is accredited by Australia’s professional accounting bodies.

Join a global occupation

Graduates of this course will have learned the skills needed and met the educational requirements set by the Tax Practitioners Board to work as a bookkeeper or BAS agent. You might work in bookkeeping, accounts payable, accounts receivable or BAS preparation. Accountants are needed across all industries, all around the world, so you can choose where and how you work, or study further to increase your skills in the finance industry.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

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.

Pathways

You may articulate into the Diploma of Accounting and even onto the Bachelor of Accounting.
The way they planned the course was really helpful. I got to know so many things. The course is designed like that, that you will know each and every thing so well.
Arpita Bhattacharjee
Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping FNS40217

Course Details

Delivery methods

Online (Part time 18 months):

  • Classes are conducted online through Zoom and/or TEAMS.
  • Weekly booked consultations with trainer.
  • Not recommended for beginners.

Blended learning (Full time & Evening):

  • Assessments are managed with Moodle, the online Learning Management System.
  • Students are required to attend campus for supervised tests for the Tax Practitioners Board requirements for units FNSTPB401 & FNSTPB402.

  • Online - part time
  • Blended learning - full time

Class Schedule

Full time:
Four days per week, 9am - 4.30pm.
Monday - Thursday and Tuesday - Friday

Part Time Evening (12 months) :
Semester 1:
3 nights per week, 6 - 9pm. Monday- Wednesday
Semester 2:
2 nights per week, 6 - 9pm.
Tuesday - Wednesday

Online: Self-paced study, consultation times vary.
Consultations with trainer vary between 9am - 8pm, Monday - Thursday.

Individual consulting times may vary according to teacher’s availability. A Zoom link will be provided for weekly consultations, in accordance to your timetable. Each student will be provided with a weekly session plan.

There is a 48 hour turn around period, to answer your queries and provide feedback.

Students are required to attend campus for supervised tests for the Tax Practitioners Board requirements for units FNSTPB401 & FNSTPB402.

Assessment Methods

Assessment consists of engagement via email, phone, Zoom, Moodle activities including collaborative tasks and individual project work, Moodle forums and direct feedback via Moodle.

Units of Study

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

Code Subject Elective Hours
BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports Core 50
BSBITU306 Design and produce business documents Elective 80
BSBSMB412 Introduce cloud computing into business operations Core 50
BSBTEC302 Design and produce spreadsheets Elective 35
FNSACC311 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports Core 60
FNSACC312 Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers Core 40
FNSACC313 Perform financial calculations Elective 30
FNSACC408 Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry Core 40
FNSACC412 Prepare operational budgets Elective 40
FNSACC414 Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities Elective 60
FNSACC416 Set up and operate a computerised accounting system Core 80
FNSTPB401 Complete business activity and instalment activity statements Core 50
FNSTPB402 Establish and maintain payroll systems Core 45

Recognition of Prior Learning

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.

Attend an Info Session

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Job Trainer Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $0 $600 $3000 $5570
Materials fee $220 $220 $220 $220 $220
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $470 $470 $995 $3470 $6040
Per year $7220
Per semester $7220
Materials fee $

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 19 November 2020. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Materials

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

Fees explained

The State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition (excluding Amenities Fees and Materials Fees) for students who are eligible for government subsidised training and enrol into one of the Priority listed course.

Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course enrolment in a lifetime.

Free TAFE places are limited for this course in 2020. Please call 9269 8400 and we can advise you whether Free TAFE places are still available.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.

Check your eligibility

Eligible students will pay 20 per cent of the standard Government subsidised tuition fee. Students can access up to one full qualification and one short course or skill set under the JobTrainer fund, including Free TAFE courses.

Who is eligible for JobTrainer?

To qualify for a non-traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or unemployed. 

To qualify for a traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or
    have been unemployed at the commencement date of the Training Contract; or became employed within 31 days before the commencement date of their Training Contract

To find out if you are eligible for Job Trainer or Free TAFE, call us on 03 9269 8400.

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

Check your eligibility here.

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Check your eligibility here.

Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking 

Additional expenses

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

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

Online students - Students will have access to materials provided by the publishing company via Moodle, at a cost of $220 paid on enrolment.

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.

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

Accounting and Finance courses at Melbourne Polytechnic

From Certificates to Post-graduate Higher Education.

Master of Professional and Practicing Accounting
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Advance your accounting skills and business acumen into further learning or professional practice, with our CPA Australia and CCANZ accredited Master of Professional and Practicing Accounting (MPPA).
Bachelor of Accounting
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Interested in sustainable business? Melbourne Polytechnic's Bachelor of Accounting has been developed to meet the growing demand for business professionals with qualifications in the area of accounting and knowledge of sustainable business.
Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting
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Business transactions are vital to the acquisition and maintenance of wealth in our economy, start your career in accounting with the Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting.
Diploma of Accounting FNS50217
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If you enjoy mathematics, have an analytical mind and would like to work in the account profession then our Diploma of Accounting is for you. Accountants support their clients with regular monitoring, analysis, preparation of documents, reports and accounts advice. Get qualified as an Assistant Accountant and start your rewarding career.
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Requirements

There are no formal prerequisite units for this course. The online option is self-paced and is recommended for students who can study on their own. Weekly consultations with trainers is provided.

you must have access to a computer or laptop with a camera, headset and internet connection.

You must have access to Microsoft Windows. Mac users must have Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows installed to support MYOB software. Instructions will be provided by your trainer, from the publishing company.

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

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

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend our Skills and Job Centre, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call +61 3 9269 8400

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