Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

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

Start Date(s): 4 February 2019
End Date(s): August 2019 (Full time)
Days and Time: 3 days per week
9am - 4pm

Course Overview

Whether you want to start a career as a bookkeeper, improve the way you manage the books for your own business or set yourself up as a BAS Agent, the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping  (FNS40215) will give you the skills and qualification to achieve your goal.

This nationally recognised program meets the requirements set out by the by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) for registering as a Business Activity Statements (BAS) Agent. Visit www.tpb.gov.au for further information.

This qualification is a great option for mature age people looking for a career change and/or a job with some flexibility to fit with family.


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Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
BSBFIA401Prepare Financial Reports50
BSBITU306Design And Produce Business Documents80
FNSACC302Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers40
FNSACC404Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities60
FNSACC405Maintain inventory records20
FNSACC406Set up and operate a computerised accounting system80
FNSBKG401Develop and implement policies and procedures relevant to bookkeeping activities30
FNSBKG402Establish and maintain a cash accounting system 
FNSBKG404Carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasks50
FNSBKG405Establish and maintain a payroll system30
FNSINC401Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry30

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will take place using a variety of methods including portfolios of tasks completed in class, tests, case studies and assignments.

What will I study?

The following topics will be covered:

  • Preparation of financial reports and statements
  • BAS
  • Payroll
  • Design and production of business documents
  • Working in the financial services industry
  • Budgeting
  • Contract and consumer law
  • Computerised and manual accounting systems

For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.


For Business and Industry

We offer our business and industry clients customised workforce training, flexible delivery (when and where it suits you) and onsite assessments.

Call us on 1300 615 141 or contact us online for an obligation free consultation.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

The fees listed below relate to 2019 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.

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

Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.
Course availability is subject to enrolment numbers.

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2) and non-tuition fees such as student support fees (table 3).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Average annual course fee#
Average annual course fee#
Check your eligibility
Full Fee
Average annual course fee#

Table 2

Average material
fees per annum *


Average consumable
fees per annum*

# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
* Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
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. 

2019 Student Services Fee (Table 3)

 Type of cohort:
Eligible full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Non eligible/FFS  full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Special cohort classes:
  • Concession card holders
  • Apprentices
  • Trainees
  • Work based students (100% off campus delivery)
  • Full online delivery (100% off campus delivery)
Any students studying less than 125 hours in the full year
Domestic student services fees for 2019: $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $60 fixed fee None


The following fee categories are exempt from the SSF -
ASH: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Concession
ASZ: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Non-concession
X: Community-based Orders/Judy Lazarus Transition Centre
OZ: International Student
M: Prisoner
YTC: Young People Transitioning From Care – Concession
YTN: Young People Transitioning From Care - No Concession
Short courses

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
630 599 $3.00 $0.60 $7.51

^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 2019. 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.

For more information about our fees structure, click here.

What costs and other fees should I expect?

Contact the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or enquiries@kangan.edu.au for a fee schedule. There may be extra costs for reference books, protective clothing or specialised materials.

Can I apply?

There are no set prerequisites for this course however it is recommended that you have satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills to undertake this course or are mature age and have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake the course. You may apply if you have satisfactorily completed VCE or an approved equivalent course and the satisfactory completion of the work requirements (eligibility to transfer); 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?

You will study at the Broadmeadows campus and will have face-to-face classes as well as blended units of delivery.

What employment opportunities will I have?

This course may lead to employment as a:

  • Accounts Clerk
  • BAS Agent
  • Bookkeeper (contractor or employee)
  • Payroll Officer.

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

You will gain skills in:

  • Preparation of reports and other financial statements
  • Developing policies and procedures
  • Computerised and manual accounting systems

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Certificate IV Bookkeeping (FNS40215). As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

This course will lead to higher level studies at Diploma level in the Accounting field. Credit transfers may be available into Diploma of Accounting (FNS50215).

How do I apply?

To apply for this course you must fill in a direct application form which can be obtained from the institute by calling the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email enquiries@kangan.edu.au. 

How will I be selected for this course?

All applicants will need to complete a Literacy and Numeracy assessment to determine their skill level is appropriate for this qualification.