The Australian government put new laws into place recently to make sure that the quality of bookkeeping reached very high standards. This course is dedicated to keeping your skills current, and it meets the Australian Qualifications Framework guidelines, allowing you to work as a bookkeeper in any state or territory of Australia. It is ideal for aspiring and practising bookkeepers and BAS (Business Activity Statement) agents.
Bookkeepers are always in high demand, especially now that the industry is more regulated and those with professional qualifications that are nationally recognised are likely to be the most in demand . This course will train you to set up and maintain computerised accounting systems, prepare financial statements and carry out payroll procedures. It also includes competencies stipulated by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) for registered Business Activity Statement (BAS) agents.
You can now get this qualification while working at your own pace and studying online. Start anytime, study at home and progress at a pace that suits you. This course is excellent value, with high quality course materials, access to experienced trainers and access to the online learning portal OpenSpace. Upon successful completion, you will also have the advantage of a qualification that is recognised by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.
Potential career outcomes
- Small business bookkeeper
- Contract or staff bookkeeper
- BAS agent
Become a qualified BAS agent
The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) both recognise the Certificate Certificate IV in Bookkeeping FNS40211 . Upon successful completion of your course, the TPB will recognise you as having met the educational requirements to register as a BAS (Business Activity Statement) agent. This course meets the TPB's current educational requirements for registered BAS agents, as well as the new requirements put in place in early 2012. Additional eligibility criteria may apply.
Visit www.tpb.gov.au for further information.
- Course number
- Course duration
- Max 24 months
- Course fees from
- $49.84 per week
- Certificate IV
- Delivery mode
- Nationally recognised
Knowledge tests, projects and reports
- National Code
- Awarded By
- Open Colleges
- Associated With
FNSINC401A: Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry
- Identify the scope, sectors and responsibilities of the industry
- Identify and apply financial services industry guidelines, procedures and legislation
- Identify sustainability issues for the financial services industry
- Manage information
- Participate in and facilitate work team activities
- Plan work to be completed taking into consideration time, resources and other constraints
- Develop and maintain personal competency
BSBOHS201A: Participate in OHS processes
- Work safely
- Implement workplace safety requirements
- Participate in OHS consultative processes
Follow safety procedures
BSBITU306A: Design and produce business documents
- Select and prepare resources
- Design document
- Produce document
- Finalise document
BSBWRT301A: Write simple documents
- Plan document
- Draft document
- Review document
- Write final document
FNSACC303A: Perform financial calculations
- Obtain data and resources for financial calculations
- Select appropriate methods and carry out financial calculations
- Check calculations and record outcomes
BSBFIA401A: Prepare financial reports
- Maintain asset register
- Record general journal entries for balance-day adjustments
- Prepare final general ledger accounts
- Prepare end-of-period financial reports
FNSBKG402A: Establish and maintain a cash accounting system
- Identify relevant information and establish a chart of accounts
- Analyse and verify source documents
- Process receipts and payments
- Set up and maintain a petty cash system
- Process and reconcile credit cards
- Manage bank reconciliations and prepare and produce reports
FNSBKG403A: Establish and maintain an accrual accounting system
- Manage the chart of accounts
- Process invoices, adjustment notes and other general ledger transactions
- Manage contra entries
- Identify and process bad debts
- Manage debt recovery
- Prepare and produce reports and trial balance
FNSBKG405A: Establish and maintain a payroll system
- Record payroll data
- Payroll preparation
- Handle payroll enquiries
- Maintain payroll
FNSBKG404A: Carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasks
- Identify individual compliance and other requirements
- Recognise and apply GST implications and code transactions
- Report on payroll activities
- Report on other amounts withheld, Pay As You Go (PAYG) instalments and taxes
- Complete and reconcile the Activity Statement
- Lodge Activity Statement
FNSBKG401A: Develop and implement policies and procedures relevant to bookkeeping activities
- Develop a professional working relationship with relevant parties
- Carry out research to identify compliance requirements and support materials
- Set up and maintain appropriate systems to meet compliance requirements
BSBITU402A: Develop and use complex spreadsheets
- Prepare to develop spreadsheet
- Develop a linked spreadsheet solution
- Automate and standardise spreadsheet operation
- Use spreadsheets
- Represent numerical data in graphic form
BSBSMB405B: Monitor and manage small business operations
- Develop operational strategies and procedures
- Implement operational strategies and procedures
- Monitor business performance
- Review business operations
- FNSINC401A: Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry
- School Certificate or equivalent OR
- relevant qualifications such as Certificate III in Accounts Administration FNS30310 OR
- relevant vocational experience.
Minimum age of 16 years. If you are under 18 your application must be signed by a parent or guardian.
Students will need access to a computer and the internet. For students who do not have access to either a computer or the internet please contact a student support officer to discuss alternative methods of communication.
Minimum specifications for PC are:
- Microsoft Office 2007 or equivalent,
- Microsoft Windows XP and
- DVD/CD-ROM drive.
Students will also need access to a printer and the following applications:
- Adobe Acrobat Reader and
- Macromedia Flash player.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language and you did not complete the last two years of secondary education in English, you are required to provide evidence of English language competency before enrolling into the course. Examples of appropriate evidence are listed below:
IELTS Overall score of 5.5 TOEFL 530 (paper), 197 (computer) or 71 (internet) 12 months in English-speaking employment Testimonial, statutory declaration
Successful completion of the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping FNS40210 provides partial articulation into the Diploma of Accounting FNS50210.
Lorraine Danos is an experienced bookkeeper who has been working as a trainer with Open Colleges since 2004.
She has worked across many industries, including manufacturing, community services, hospitality and property management, and has particular experience with the transfer of records from manual to computerised systems.
Lorraine has also written a bookkeeping course which was certified by the NSW Vocational Education & Training Accreditation Board (VETAB), recently replaced by the Australian Skills Quality Authority.
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