Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping FNS40222

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Our nationally recognised FNS40222 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping is designed to provide you with a strong range of accounting skills to start your own business or register as a Business Activity Statement (BAS) Agent.

Course Breakdown


FNS40222 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

Course duration: Self-paced - maximum of 24 months

Recommended hours per week: 13.0 h

Qualification level: Certificate IV

Delivery method: Online

Awarded by: Open Colleges Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90796)


Industry Overview

The number of available jobs in bookkeeping over the next five years (2021-2026) is expected to decline by 5.6%. However, this sector has a very large occupation (94,400 in 2021) suggesting that jobs within this sector will be available in most regions.


Is this course for you?

Individuals currently in non-bookkeeping/accounting roles who are intending to transition their career into bookkeeping or entry level accounting roles and/or registering as a BAS Agent and have less than 2 years of experience in Accounting and Bookkeeping roles.

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation. You may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and complete your studies faster. Please note - limitations do apply.

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation. You may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and complete your studies faster. Please note - limitations do apply.

What you will learn

This course will give you a wide-range of job-ready bookkeeping and accounting skills. It’s the perfect combination of theory and practical – not only will you learn how to manage and operate accounting systems, but you will get the chance to use them and put your skills to the test.

During the course, you will learn following:

  • Preparing and lodging business and instalment activity statements
  • Data processing
  • Monthly reconciliations
  • Preparing budgets
  • Preparing reports on financial performance and the position of the business
  • Preparing end-of-year adjustments
  • Finalising financial records after year-end

Learning Material

Your learning materials are accessed through our online platform OpenSpace. These learning materials include:

  • Learning content
  • Media
  • Additional resources
  • Practice activities
  • Simulated business environments
  • Self-checks

Learners will also be provided with access to Reckon Accounting software.

Your trainer

Kimberly Kim
Kimberly has over 11 years’ experience in training and assessment in tertiary and vocational education and training institutes.  She has also run her own public accounting and tax practice for over two years, after 10 years of working in tax and accounting field.
Rosalie Pellew
Rosalie Pellew has over 30 years' experience in customer engagement; workplace training and assessment; facilitating adult education; leading and coaching customer contact teams; and supporting on-line learning students.
Tanya Galey
Tanya has many years of experience working in the Airline Industry through her role at World Aviation Systems who represent various airlines here in Sydney (Air Tahiti Nui and Hawaiian Airlines to name a few). She has extensive knowledge of Sales, marketing, reservations and the general business operations of an Airline.

Academic Information

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements.

Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry
  • Develop professional working relationships
  • Identify compliance requirements and support materials
  • Set up and maintain systems to meet compliance requirements
  • Work autonomously or in a team to complete work activities
  • Develop and maintain own competency
Design and produce business documents
  • Select and prepare resources
  • Design document
  • Produce document
  • Finalise document
Design and produce spreadsheets
  • Select and prepare resources
  • Plan spreadsheet design
  • Create spreadsheet
  • Produce charts
  • Finalise and present spreadsheets
Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
  • Check and verify supporting documentation
  • Prepare and process banking and petty cash documents
  • Prepare and process payable and received invoices
  • Prepare journals
  • Update financial data and systems
  • Prepare deposit facility and lodge flows
  • Finalise trial balance and interim reports
Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
  • Review accounts receivable requirements
  • Identify bad and doubtful debts
  • Review client compliance with terms and conditions and plan recovery action
  • Prepare reports and file documentation
  • Distribute creditor invoices for authorisation
  • Remit payments to creditors
  • Reconcile outstanding balances
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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

We understand that you may already have many skills and areas of expertise that you have obtained in different ways and these are recognised through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Our Credit Transfer & Recognition of Prior Learning Policy, available in the Key Student Information section of our website, provides more information about our RPL process. Alternatively, you can contact an Enrolment Consultant to discuss your RPL options.

Course Duration

The duration for the course is maximum 24 months. As a self-paced online course, the time it will take you to complete is flexible and dependent on ability and time available.

Entry Requirements

There are no mandated education entry requirements for this qualification, per the FNS Financial Services Training Package.

Open Colleges entry requirements: It is also recommended that students:

  • Are 18 years old (note: students under 18 will need permission from a parent or guardian to enrol)
  • Have access to a modern computer with video / audio playback capabilities and high-speed internet
  • Have access to Microsoft Office or equivalent
  • Have basic computing skills, including ability to make a short video
  • Have access to a digital video recording device to save and upload video/image files to OpenSpace, e.g., mobile phone/smartphone.

All Open Colleges courses include the following minimum computer and audio-visual requirements.

Hardware and Software Requirements All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Printer and associated software
  • Scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processor (2GHz recommended)
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processor (2GHz recommended)
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher

Skill Requirements

To successfully complete this course, learners will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet 
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images
  • Compressing image files

Audio-Visual Requirements

  • Learners will need access to software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.
  • As well as access to digital video recording device and/or digital camera and associated software to save and upload video and image files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phone and smart phones include this technology and OpenSpace provided an in platform recording function.

Other technology requirements

Office equipment and resources including telephone, photocopier, scanner and printer.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Have language, literacy and numeracy skills that ensure the ability to work independently and use own familiar support resources, communicate effectively via email, and identify relevant information from a range of written texts. These skills are equivalent to those that would be required to successfully complete:

  • Year 12 or ACSF Level 3, or
  • Certificate III level or higher, or
  • 3 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Physical Requirements

Some assessments will require other participants to act as characters in role plays designed to demonstrate practical and oral communication skills. Students will be required to source and arrange these other participants, participants can be family, friends or workplace colleagues.


Study and pay, your way

Payment Options

Pay Upfront
Save 25%
$4,425.00 Save $1,475.00
was $5,900.00
Week to week
Pay as you go
Save 8%
Pay in 80 instalments over the length of your course.
$65.00 Weekly
Total course cost: $5,400.00
was $5,900.00
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Studying online with Open Colleges

Flexibility - study at your own pace

When you study online with Open Colleges you’re in control.

You can choose to complete your course quickly, or keep to a steady pace. Learning is fully flexible so you can fit your everyday commitments around your studies.

Everything you need to study is online so you can study wherever you like – but that doesn’t mean you’re on your own.

OpenSpace is our online learning platform. It’s where you’ll go to access your learning materials, contact your expert trainers and assessors and upload your assessments.

What is OpenSpace?

It’s important to us that we deliver a superior, online learning platform that meets our students’ needs. That’s why we have upgraded to our brand new, custom-designed learning platform, OpenSpace.

OpenSpace provides you with a user-friendly interface, that is mobile responsive. This means that you can complete your coursework using your laptop, iPad, or mobile device. All coursework is automatically saved, providing you with the flexibility you need to complete your studies anywhere, anytime.

How to get support?

Learning Support

The learning support team will be with you every step of the way, from enrolment to graduation. They’re here to help you get the most out of your online course. They can assist by providing non-academic support - like helping you craft an achievable study plan so that you can graduate in a realistic timeframe. If you’re finding it tough to stay motivated throughout your course, they’ll be there to help keep you on track.

Student support

The Student Support team is your one-stop service centre for all student administrative issues – including enrolment, change of contact details, OpenSpace support, assessment results and certification.

You can access the Student Support team by email or phone