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FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

Do you enjoy solving problems, working with data and being organised? Do you enjoy book-keeping but would like to learn more? Would you like to:

  • Continue building your career in accounting and finance
  • Learn the basics of current accounting and financial practices from industry experts
  • Develop crucial skills and knowledge that can be applied to a number of industries

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.

Priorities for this course include the development of skills in:

  • preparing financial reports,
  • cloud computing
  • setting up and using computerised accounting systems
  • completing business activity and instalment activity statements
  • payroll

This qualification would suit:

  • Those who require bookkeeping skills to commence work in the industry
  • Those who require the qualification as part of the progression to be a registered bookkeeper or be a member of one of the professional bookkeeping associations
  • Those who want to go on to further study in accounting and finance
  • persons who are seeking registration as a business activity statement (BAS) agent with the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB).

The units FNSTPB401 Complete business activity and instalment activity statements and FNSTPB402 Establish and maintain payroll systems meets the requirements for a course in basic GST/BAS taxation principles that is approved by the Tax Practitioners Board. Persons seeking BAS agent registration should check with the TPB for details of current registration requirements, including those relating to experience and, fitness and propriety.

Make the most of your critical thinking and problem solving skills and take the next step in your accounting career with TasTAFE.

Career Opportunities

This qualification may lead to work in business or the financial services sector in job roles such as:

  • Office Manager
  • Accounts Officer
  • Payroll Officer
  • Bookkeeper

Study Pathways

This course may be a pathway to further study. Related courses include:

  • FNS50215 – Diploma of Accounting

Location, dates and times

Campbell Street

  • Next Intake:  July 2019
  • Duration:  2 years part-time,  Drop-in support sessions held on campus each Wednesday evening – 5pm to 8pm (excluding school holidays)
  • Certificate IV students are required to complete some supervised assessments on campus
  • All intending students must register to attend one of the Information Sessions
  • Call 1300 655 307 to express your interest

Launceston Campus

  • Next Intake:  22 July – 6 December 2019
  • Flexible Enrolments:   From 29 April – 6 December 2019
  • Duration:  18 weeks, Full time, Mondays 9am to 12pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays 9am to 3pm
  • Call 1300 655 307 to express your interest

Devonport Campus / Burnie Campus

  • Flexible Enrolments:   From 1 April – 6 December 2019
  • Duration: –  18 weeks, Full time, Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9am to 3pm, Monday, Thursday & Friday by appointment
  • You will be contacted by the team with further information
  • Call 1300 655 307 to express your interest

Learning Options

On Campus Delivery
Participation in timetabled classes at TasTAFE.

Flexible Delivery
As an off campus student through the TasTAFE online learning platform, flexible delivery sessions, and individual learning support meetings with a teacher.

Assessment Process

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.
Examples of assessments for this course may include;

  • Written short answer
  • Verbal questioning
  • Complete Workplace Documents
  • Written assignments
  • Quizzes/multiple choice
  • Research projects
  • Observations on the job and/or in a simulated assessment environment

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

Fees and Payments

For further fee and payment information visit our Fees and Payment page.

Are there ‘other’ costs?

Textbooks purchased individually, please check details with your teacher at time of enrolment

North/North West
Textbooks fee of $305 applies

Essential Requirements

There are no essential entry requirements for this course.

Desirable Skills and Attributes

The following skills and attributes will be useful to students studying this course:

  • Basic literacy and numeracy skills
  • Interest in finance and computer applications


An interview process will be conducted to ensure this is the right course for you. A literacy and numeracy assessment is part of this process.

Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.


FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

Qualification Requirements

To achieve this qualification you will need to complete 13 units – 8 core units plus 5 elective units


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