Certificate IV in (Accounting and Bookkeeping)

Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping


General Information

RTO Code 45121
CRICOS Course Codes 101544
Training Package Financial Services Training Package (FNS)
Version (Release of Training Package) Version 6.2
Qualification Title Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping FNS40217
Duration 12 Months (One year)
Delivery mode This program is delivered in the classroom
Delivery site 50 Mawson Lakes Blvd, Mawson Lake SA 5095
Authorized By Amir Salim
Contact Details info@vsa.sa.edu.au

Qualification Description

FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping, 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

Eight (8) core and five (5) elective units are required for the award of the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping. Units have been selected in accordance with the packaging rules and are relevant to the work outcome, local industry requirements and qualification level.

The latest release of the qualification and packaging rules can be found at the following link:


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 Duration

This qualification will be delivered over 52 weeks, including 40 weeks of training and assessment spread over 4 terms of 10 weeks each and 12 weeks of holidays.


Student may chose to complete FNS30317 Certificate III in Accounts Administration or other relevant qualification/s prior to comencing this 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.

Course Credit

Students may apply for recognition of existing qualifications or skills, knowledge, and experience (credit transfer or recognition of prior learning). The granting of course credit may affect course fees, as well as the duration of the course.

This process is outlined in VSA International-Enrolement Policy and Procedures.


Units of Competency

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:

BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports Core
BSBSMB412 Introduce cloud computing into business operations Core
FNSACC311 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports Core
FNSACC312 Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers Core
FNSACC408 Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry Core
FNSACC416 Set up and operate a computerised accounting system Core
FNSTPB401 Complete business activity and instalment activity statements Core
FNSTPB402 Establish and maintain payroll systems Core
BSBPEF501 Manage personal and professional development (BSBWOR501 is superseded and equivalent to BSBPEF501 and is selected from list of electives provided in packaging rules) Elective
BSBTEC402 Develop and use complex spreadsheets (BSBITU402 is superseded and equivalent to BSBTEC402 and is selected from list of electives provided in packaging rules) Elective
BSBWRT311 Write simple documents (BSBWRT301is superseded and equivalent to BSBWRT311 and is selected from list of electives provided in packaging rules) Elective
BSBOPS405 Organize Business Meetings Elective
BSBCMM411 Make Presentation Elective

Delivery and Assessment Overview

The qualification is delivered over 52 weeks comprising of:

  • 4 terms of 10 weeks each (40 weeks total).
  • Holiday breaks amounting to 12 weeks (as specified in the timetable)

Students are required to attend 20 hours of classroom training per week.

Homework is expected to be approximately 5 hours a week.

The training and assessment schedule shows the weeks during which training is delivered and assessment conducted for each unit.

The total amount of training provided being structured classroom sessions is 540 hours. Time scheduled for assessment in class is 260 hours. Homework is unsupervised and may include research for assessments and general reading, as well as completion of the self-study activities is expected to be on average 5 hours a week.

Total delivery and assessment hours therefore amount to 800 hours and the volume of learning (i.e., including unsupervised learning of homework) is 1,000 hours. A detailed breakdown of hours is provided in the Training and Assessment Schedule.

VSA operates a system of rolling enrolments meaning that students may commence at the beginning of any unit. Students may enter the qualification after any unit, as there are no pre-requisites for any units. The Training and Assessment Schedule is shown in terms and this represents the scheduling of units on commencement. However, depending on when a student joins the course, the term number will vary.

VSA has decided on the course duration and amount of training considering the AQF Volume of Learning, which is typically 6 months – 2 years and 600 – 2400 hours. It is considered that the duration and amount of training provided will allow students the opportunity to fully absorb the required knowledge, as well as develop skills over time. This amount is not reduced to account for existing competencies, as most learners will not have any prior relevant experience. However, where learners have prior skills and knowledge, they may apply for RPL or credit transfer, which will reduce the course duration if granted.

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.

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, Vocational Skills 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-tuition fee/additional charges may apply and include:

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 50C per black & white photocopy single side
Printing: Black and White 50C per black & white photocopy single side
Reissue of Student Card $50.00
Issue of Letter for Immigration $25.00
Interim Record of Results $25.00
Cancellation Fees $250.00
Laptop\Chrome Book (If required by Learner) $305.00+ Additional warranty cost for 1 year if required by learner
Bank dishonour fee $100.00
Debt collection $500.00
National Recognisiton (Credit Transfer) No Charge/Nil

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:

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)
Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Test from ACER Learning 3
Reading 3
Writing 3
OC 3
Numeracy 3

Learners are encouraged to bring their laptop or other devices to connect with our wifi network. All students must bring laptop/chromebook in all classes, workshops and orientation. In case if laptop/chromebook is not avaliable with any learner, VSA will provide devices on additional cost. All students are informed of the entry requirements prior to commencing a course through comprehensive brochures and marketing information.

Recognition of Prior Learning

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

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.

  • If a student has previously completed training or has courserelated skills and experience, he or she may be eligible for RPL.
  • Applications for RPL will be assessed on an individual basis. Each applicant will need to provide the necessary documentation. Documentation of prior learning is the most common form of evidence, however there are other forms of evidence including: third party observations, self-assessment reviews, verbal questioning, phone interviews and real work samples such as log books, lesson plans, meeting minutes etc. RPL applications must be assessed as early as possible.

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

  • Validity
  • Authenticity
  • Currency
  • Sufficiency
  • RPL and course credit may reduce the duration of a student’s enrolment. RPL applications must be assessed as early as possible.

Learning Resources

The following Learning Resources will be available free of cost to students enabling them to absorb the required skills and knowledge:

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

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.

Suggest Job Roles

Graduates at this level will have theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for specialized and/or skilled work and/or further learning.

  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Administration/Clerk
  • Accounts payable/recievable officer
  • Debtors Clerk
  • Payroll Officer


  • Air-Conditioned and spacious classrooms.
  • Access to bathroom, facilities, parking, meal and public transport facilities
  • Wi-Fi connection
  • A structured visit and easy access to borrowing services at Mawson Lakes Library
  • Access to meeting rooms, computers, printers, scanners and projecters with associated software

About Us

Education Investors Pty Ltd Trading as Vocational Skills Australia

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

Contact Us

  • Innovation House 50 Mawson Lakes Boulevard Mawson Lakes South Australia 5095 Australia
  • +61 416 480 523
  • info@vsa.sa.edu.au

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