FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

CRICOS Code: 099700J

Course Description

This qualification reflects the job roles of workers in the accounting industry, including BAS Agents and contract bookkeepers; and of those employees performing bookkeeping tasks for organisations in a range of industries. It includes preparing and lodging business and instalment activity statements, and providing advice or dealing with the Commissioner on behalf of a taxpayer in relation to activity statements. Individuals in these roles apply theoretical and specialist knowledge and skills to work autonomously, and exercise judgement in completing routine and non-routine activities.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Work functions in the occupational areas where this qualification may be used are subject to regulatory requirements. Refer to the FNS Financial Services Training Package Companion Volume Implementation Guide or the relevant regulator for specific guidance on requirements.

Persons providing a business activity statement (BAS) service for a fee or other reward must be registered by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) and this qualification is currently cited as meeting the TPB education requirements for registration. Other conditions apply, including a designated period of experience. Persons seeking BAS agent registration should check current registration requirements with the TPB, as registration requirements are reviewed regularly.


46 Weeks (34 weeks of tuition and a maximum of 12 weeks holiday breaks)


Pathways into the qualification

FNS30317 Certificate III in Accounts Administration


with relevant vocational experience but without a qualification

Pathways from the qualification

FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting

Employment Opportunities

Possible job roles relevant to this qualification include:

  • BAS (Business Activity Statements) agent
  • Contract bookkeeper

Mode of Study

The mode of study includes:

  • Classroom based training
  • Self-study during the duration of the course
  • Assessment Methods

    Assessment methods include written tests, projects, and observations

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

    A learner may be able to apply for RPL if they have gained competency from work, other programs, courses, life experience or training provided at work that is relevant to the course. The College recognises the AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other registered training organisations.

    Entry Requirements

    • 18 years or older
    • Satisfactorily completed year 12 or equivalent
    • IELTS 5.5 or equivalent
    • Applicants with no formal qualifications and who are commencing within or have experience within a relevant accounting industry may also be considered for entry into the course.

      Nationally Recognized Training

      Course Contents/ Units of Competency

      BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports CORE UNIT
      BSBITU422 Use digital technologies to collaborate in the workplace CORE UNIT
      FNSACC311 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports CORE UNIT
      FNSACC312 Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers CORE UNIT
      FNSACC408 Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry CORE UNIT
      FNSACC416 Set up and operate a computerised accounting system CORE UNIT
      FNSTPB401 Complete business activity and instalment activity statements CORE UNIT
      FNSTPB402 Establish and maintain payroll systems CORE UNIT

      BSBITU402 Develop and use complex spreadsheets ELECTIVE UNIT
      BSBWOR501 Manage personal work priorities and professional development ELECTIVE UNIT
      FNSACC411 Process business tax requirements ELECTIVE UNIT
      FNSACC412 Prepare operational budgets ELECTIVE UNIT
      FNSACM401 Evaluate and authorise payment requests ELECTIVE UNIT

      *Elective units have been selected by the College in consultation with industry experts.

      Unit required for the FNSSS00004 BAS Agent Registration Skill Set.

      Training Product Status Superseded
      Training Product Release Date13 February 2018

      46 Weeks - Full Time Study including term breaks

      Campus Location

      Level 9, 310 King Street, Melbourne Victoria 3000


      Phone: 0061-3-9629 3693
      Fax: 0061-3-9629 7146

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