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Certificate IV in (Accounting and Bookkeeping)

Qualification Overview

General Information

Name of RTO Vocational Skills Australia(VSA)
RTO Code 45121
CRICOS Codes 03818M
Training Package Financial Services Training Package (FNS)
Version (Release of Training Package) 3.1 – Released 6 September 2018
Qualification Title Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping
Qualification Code FNS40217
Delivery Period 12 Months (One year)
Contact Person Amir Salim
Contact Details 0413 106 113
Authorized By Amir Salim (Managing Director)

Qualification 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.

Packaging Rules

The FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping comprises of thirteen (13) units, including eight (8) core units plus five (5) elective units. The elective units consist of:

  • All 5 elective units may be selected from the elective units listed in the qualification
  • Up to 2 elective units may be from Certificate III, IV or Diploma in any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course, provided they do not duplicate the outcome of another unit chosen for the qualification.

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) and contribute to a valid, industry supported vocational outcome.

The elective units contained within this Training and Assessment Strategy have been selected through industry consultation as being most appropriate for international students and industry.

Student Cohort

The target cohort for this qualification are international students who want to gain a basic accounting / bookkeeping qualification as a pathway for further learning. This qualification will assist students to gain knowledge and skills required for accounts administration, bookkeeper and accounts officer roles.

Our student cohort will be the recent graduates from high school and have competed 12 years of formal school study.

Mode of Delivery

All students must attend 20 hours per week face-to-face supervised training, which include Workshops / Lectures, Tutorials for activities and Project Tutorials;

Training Type (face-to-face) Session per week Hours per session Hours per week
Workshop / Lectures 2 8 16
Tutorials for learning activities - workbook 1 4 4
Total 3   20

All student attend a compulsory one-day orientation prior to commencement of the course.

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.

Course Structure & Delivery

Training Outline with Delivery Method

Total number of units required for the qualification will be thirteen (13) including eight (8) core units plus five (5) elective units. The units that VSA will be delivering and assessing are provided below:

Amount of Training and Volume of Learning

Volume of Learning - Type Weeks No. of sessions Hours per session Total Contact Hours
Supervised Training (Face-to-Face)
Workshop / Lectures 38 76 8 608
Tutorials for learning activities - workbook 38 38 4 152
Total Contact Hours (38 weeks @ 20 hours per week) - A 760
Total Assessment Hours 13 units @ 20 hours - B 260
Pre-reading and Self- Learning / Activities (4 hour for 52 weeks) – C 208


There will be individual assessments for each unit of competency and major project as holistic assessment for the qualification, which include formal presentation.

All students must satisfactorily all assessments to reach competency and receive a full qualification certificate. Where only individual units are successfully completed, a Statement of Attainment will be issued for the units of competencies completed

Course Schedule

It is noted that Vocational Skills Australia operates a system of rolling enrolments, this means that students may commence at the beginning of any unit. Therefore depending on when the students enrol, you may have up to 14 weeks holiday.

January to December Course No. of Weeks
Term 1 Study Period 10
Break / Holidays 3
Term 2 Study Period 9
Break / Holidays 4
Term 3 Study Period 9
Break / Holidays 4
Term 4 Study Period 10
Break / Holidays 3
Delivery Weeks 38
Holidays 14
Total Weeks 52
July to June Course No. of Weeks
Term 1 Study Period 9
Break / Holidays 4
Term 2 Study Period 10
Break / Holidays 3
Term 3 Study Period 10
Break / Holidays 3
Term 4 Study Period 9
Break / Holidays 4
Delivery Weeks 38
Holidays 14
Total Weeks 52

Qualification and Statement of Attainment

Student/s will be required to achieve competency in thirteen (13) units of competency (UOC) to successfully achieve qualification of FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping. A completion that is less than Thirteen (13) successful UOC will result in the issuance of a Statement of Attainment.

Fees for the Qualification

The total fee for the qualification includes:

  • Enrolment fee: $250 (non-refundable)
  • Tuition fees: $9,750 (this includes all course materials)

Vocational Skills Australia does not require international students to pay more than 50% of course fees prior to course commencement. However, Vocation Education Training Australia provides students with the opportunity to pay more than 50% of their tuition fees prior to course commencement if they wish. Generally fees are payable in equal instalments and the dates and amounts are included in the Course Acceptance Agreement.

Non-tuiton fee/additional charges may apply and include:

National Recognition (Credit Transfer) No charge / Nil
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
  • Application Fee; and
  • Assessment Fee per unit of competency
Reassessment (per Unit of Competency assessment) $200.00, applicable if “Not Satisfactory” Outcome after two consecutive attempts
Reprint of Statement of Attainment $50.00
Reprint of Testamur $50.00
Photocopying No charge / Nil
Printing: Black and White. No charge/ Nil
Reissue of Student Card $50.00
Issue of Letter for Immigration $25.00
Interim Record of Results $25.00
Cancellation Fees $250.00
Bank dishonour fee $100.00
Debt collection $500.00

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements include:

  • Students must be aged 18 years or above
  • Completed Year 12 or equivalent
  • LLN test CSPA (Core Skills Profile for Adults) from ACER
  • Evidence of acceptable English language test course:
Minimum test score
International English International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 5.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL) internet-based test 46
Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) 162
Pearson Test of English Academic 42
Occupational English Test taken no more than two years before the student visa application is made.  Pass
(A or B)

All students must bring laptop in all classes, workshops and orientation with MS office 2013 or newer version, as well as the student version of MYOB.

All students are informed of the entry requirements prior to commencing a course through comprehensive brochures and marketing information. VSA’s enrolment procedure ensures students meet this requirement.

Language, Literacy, and Numeracy

Students will complete an LLN assessment Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) using the ACER test as part of the enrolment process. This ensures that the course is at an appropriate level for students and educational support is provided. The following levels provide a guidance of acceptable levels to ensure that the course is at an appropriate level for the student:

If the above review determines the applicant score are less than the desired levels, VSA staff will discuss further options with the applicant for LLN requirements.

Industry Skills & Experience

No such experience is required for this qualification

Age Restriction

All Students must be 18 years of age or above at the time of enrolment.

Pathways into the qualification

Students may choose to complete FNS30317 Certificate III in Accounts Administration or other relevant qualification/s prior to commencing FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping.

Pathways from Qualification

After successful completion of FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping, candidate may undertake any of the following pathways;

  • FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting
  • The candidate may also undertake any other qualification of Diploma level under Financial Services Training Package.

The candidate may also undertake any other qualification of Diploma level in the Business Services Training Package.

Suggested Job Roles

Graduates at this level will have theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for specialized and/or skilled work and/or further learning Examples job roles include Accounts Clerk, Receivable / payable officer, bookkeeper and payroll officer.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students are able to have their competency from prior learning and work experience recognised in this qualification through the following arrangements:

If a student has previously completed training or has course-related skills and experience, he or she may be eligible for RPL.

VSA will provide RPL guides and documentation to Students that explains the entire process. RPL is the acknowledgement of skills and knowledge obtained through formal or informal training, Work and life experiences.

Applications for RPL will be assessed on an individual basis. Each applicant will need to provide the necessary evidence documentation to demonstrate their competency in accordance with the competency requirement of the relevant qualification for which they are applying for RPL.

Documentation of prior learning is the most common form of evidence. Forms of RPL evidence may include: observations, third party reports, self-assessment reviews, verbal questioning, phone interviews and real work samples such as business documents, spreadsheets, financial documents, meeting documents, presentations that the candidate has prepared.

It is up to the student to compile the evidence, in consultation with a trainer once they have enrolled.

All evidence documents will be assessed against the following rules of evidence:

  • Validity
  • Authenticity
  • Currency
  • Sufficiency

Students are provided with communication about RPL process through the student handbook and enrolment process. RPL and course credit may reduce the duration of a student’s enrolment. RPL applications must be assessed as early as possible.

Credit Transfer

Students may also apply for a credit transfer upon enrolment and this may reduce their course duration, refer VSA recognition of prior learning and credit transfer policy and procedure.

Facilities and Equipment Required

Students will have access to adequate training facilities such as the following:

  • Classrooms that are spacious, well-lit with air-conditioning for temperature control;
  • Easy student access to bathroom facilities, parking, meal and drink facilities and transport;
  • Classroom layout that facilitates student learning (display systems, data projectors);
  • Wi-Fi connection with at least ADSL speed;
  • Simulated workplace equipment such as tables and chairs, meeting rooms, telephones, computers and associated software, printers and scanners.
  • The use of BYOD is acceptable within premises.
  • Tea & Coffee facilities

All students must bring laptop in all classes, workshops and orientation with MS office 2013 or newer version.

Course location

Our campus is located at Innovation House 50 Mawson Lakes Boulevard, Mawson Lakes SA 5095. Students have access to printer and wi-fi connection.

During orientation, students have a structured visit to the Mawson Lakes library to become familiar with its borrowing services and to get a library card. Mawson Lakes Library is a short walk from the college located at 208 Main Street, Mawson Lakes.

Learning Resources

The following Learning resources will be available at no cost to students to ensure students are able to obtain and absorb the required skills and knowledge required prior to assessment:

  • Learning Resources from Australian Training Products
  • Supplementary resources including articles / web references / workplace policies, procedures and sample documents (material provided as handout / link / reference)
  • Reference books such as Leadership and Management: Theory and practice 7th edition by Kris Cole
  • PowerPoint handouts

About Us

Education Investors Pty Ltd Trading as Vocational Skills Australia

ABN: 24 611 927 792
RTO Code: 45121
CRICOS Code: 03818M

Contact Us

  • Innovation House 50 Mawson Lakes Boulevard Mawson Lakes South Australia 5095 Australia
  • 0061 413 106 113
  • info@vsa.sa.edu.au

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