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FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting

FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting is part of the Financial Services Training Package. It reflects accounting job roles in financial services and other industries requiring accounting support functions.

This qualification is designed to provide skills for those carrying out functions that involve setting up computerised accounting systems, financial reporting, managerial reporting and interpreting and ensuring compliance in statutory and regulatory requirements.

This qualification would suit:

  • Those who have completed the Certificate III in Accounts Administration and are on a pathway to gain higher level accounting qualifications in the TasTAFE system or a Degree at University level using the TasTAFE/University of Tasmania Articulation Agreement
  • Those currently working in the accounting and finance industry who require a mix of recognition for their existing skills together with training and assessment in skill and knowledge gaps
  • Those who require the qualification as part of progression to be a registered bookkeeper or be a member of one of the professional bookkeeping associations
  • Those wishing to practice as an Accountant and be member of an accounting professional association once they hold a higher level accounting qualification
  • Those people who do not want to gain the complete qualification but complete individual units as required for professional development or career advancement

Career Opportunities

Depending on how you completed this training, further study or career options may include:

  • Work as a Clerical Officer, Office Manager, Payroll Officer, Bookkeeper or Assistant Accountant
  • Be a registered bookkeeper on joining a bookkeeping professional organisation
  • As a bookkeeper, submit Business Activity Statement (BAS) returns for small businesses
  • Continue study to a Diploma of Accounting progressing to Advanced Diploma in Accounting or Degree level at University to obtain membership of an accounting professional association.

Dates and Times

Campbell Street Campus

  • Information Booklet
  • Next Intake:  Semester 2, 2018
  • Venue:  Campbell Street Campus, 75 Campbell Street, Hobart
  •  Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Please bring the following along to your interview:

  • Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Proof of concession if applicable
  • A current resume
  • Transcripts of results achieved previously at other educational institutions

Launceston Campus

  • Information Booklet
  • Flexible Delivery:  Ongoing enrolments
  • Classroom Based:  Next Intake:  Semester 2, 2018
  • Venue: Launceston Campus, Cnr Paterson & Wellington Streets, Launceston
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Devonport Campus / Burnie Campus

  • Information Booklet – Flexible Delivery
  • Next Intake:  2018
  • Venue:  A Block, Devonport Campus, 20 Valley Road, Devonport
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest


If Certificate III in Accounts Administration has been completed, 6 months full-time (part-time equivalent).

As an adult learner, the program will take 6 months full time or the equivalent in part-time study after completion of FNS30315 Certificate III in Accounts Administration. Full-time generally equates to about 18-21 hours contact hours per week.

NB: some subjects are available flexibly (distance education) and on the Queenstown and Smithton Campuses

Learning Options

Options will include:

  • Day classes
  • Flexible study may be available in some centres
  • Learning your skills in the workplace and receiving recognition by being assessed for those skills

You may have partly completed a business qualification at University or Vocational Education and Training (VET) provider and be granted recognition for your knowledge.

Campbell Street Campus

  • 12 month course – February to December approx.

Launceston Campus

  • Classes: 9am-12pm / 1pm-4pm / some evening classes 5pm-8pm

North West

  • Flexible Delivery

Assessment Process

Throughout all assessments, Occupational Health & Safety procedures must be followed. Options for assessment will include:

  • Preparing financial records and reports for simulated business situations
  • Engaging in simulated business case studies
  • Preparing reports for management
  • Being observed performing practical tasks
  • On-line quizzes and tasks
  • Projects
  • Short answers
  • Examinations where required for some competencies

Employability skills
All units in this qualification area assessed considering the employability skills of:

  • communication
  • teamwork
  • problem solving
  • initiative and enterprise
  • planning and organising
  • self-management
  • learning
  • technology


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You will need to demonstrate that you have an excellent knowledge of the Microsoft Office Applications and both manual and computerised bookkeeping skills and knowledge both of which can be obtained in the Certificate III in Accounts Administration.

The financial competencies of Certificate IV have in general a requirement of underpinning knowledge and skills that include:

  • computerised and manual accrual accounting knowledge
  • numeracy skills
  • information technology skills including the ability to use spreadsheets and prepare documents
  • interpersonal skills and communications

You will need an aptitude for finance and an interest in computer applications as demonstrated by an interest or work in the clerical/ book-keeping/ accounting industry or previous accounting study.

Qualification Requirements

To attain the Certificate IV in Accounting, 13 units must be achieved consisting of 10 core units and 3 elective units.


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