Course Code
Study Area(s)
Accounting and Financial Services
Course Length
Full-time(6 months)
Part-time day(1 year)
Part-time night(1 year)
Flexible(1 year)

How long is the course?

The course would normally be completed in six months
but may be completed in a shorter time depending on the nature and extent of your previous formal studies
work and life experience.

Course Overview

This course is designed to prepare you with the skills to establish and maintain a computerised accounting system, to prepare (or assist in the preparation of) a business activity statements or to provide other accounting support as required.

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How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required by the course. Assessment may include written, oral or practical assessment methods. You will be advised in advance about the type of assessment and how it will operate. There is the opportunity for reassessment and appeal and you will be provided with this information upon commencement of your classes

Additional comments

Skills Recognition is available for all units in this qualification. If you require any additional information on Skills Recognition (crediting your previous learning or life experience) please contact the Department Administrator on 9279 2470.

What will I study?

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Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

Please note: the fees listed below relate to only 2014 courses.

Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Enrolment type
Goverment Subsidised
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Full Fee
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# Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.

Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply such as the Student Support Fee. 

2014 Student Support fee

Fee type Award Concession/Indigenous students Non-Concession students
Student Support All courses $120 $200
Student Support (Workplace-based apprentices & trainees) All courses $80

*Minimum non-tuition fee charged for all concession card holders and Indigenous students.

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
700 660 $1.60 $0.32 $10.00

^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.

*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2013. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.

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What costs and other fees should I expect?

Call us on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or 9279 2222 for a fee schedule. There will be extra costs for reference books of approximately $500. A detailed booklist will be made available when you enrol in this course.

Can I apply?

There are no entry requirements for this course. However, it is recommended that you have satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills to undertake this course. You may apply if you have satisfactorily completed VCE or an approved equivalent course; or are mature age and have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake the course. (Mature age is anyone over the age of 18 who has been out of full-time education for more than 12 months).

Where and how can I study?

This course will operate from the Broadmeadows campus and can be undertaken in a traditional, face-to-face learning mode, with some units delivered in our online environment. As an alternative to attending formal classes you may wish to study more flexibly, attending some classes/workshops, or perhaps study entirely from home (in a distance learning mode). Classes are available during weekdays, evenings, and students may enrol as either part-time or full-time.

What employment opportunities will I have?

This course meets the academic requirements for registration with the Tax Practitioners Board as a BAS service provider and may provide opportunities that require bookkeeping or accounting skills in large or small organisations.

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

You will gain skills in accounting procedures enabling you to obtain employment in bookkeeping or accounting related areas under the supervision of an accountant.

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Certificate IV in Accounting. This program is nationally recognised as part of the Australian Qualifications Framework.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

Having successfully completed the Certificate IV in Accounting, further studies are available in the Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Accounting. A completed Advanced Diploma of Accounting will enable direct entry into the IPA Master of Commerce in Professional Accounting program offering both a Master's Degree and full membership of the IPA. Your Advanced Diploma can also give you significant credits towards your studies in accounting (or other business-related disciplines) in a Bachelor's Degree at university.

How do I apply?

Full-time applicants for the course may apply through VTAC (Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre) using the VTAC Online Application at www.vtac.edu.au. Direct entry is also available for full-time and part-time enrolments in this course. To apply for this course using Direct Entry you should complete the online direct application form which can be accessed by clicking on the APPLY HERE button. Further information on this course can be obtained from the Institute by calling the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or emailing enquiries@kangan.edu.au.

How will I be selected for this course?

VTAC selection is based on the ATAR score where applicable. All applicants will need to attend an interview and enrolment session, bringing with them evidence of their citizenship (or residency) status and (if under 20 years of age at 1 January, 2013) proof of age in order to enrol in the course.You may also be required to sit a literacy and numeracy test to determine the level of support required (if any) having enrolled in this course.