Are you interested in becoming a Bookkeeper or working in the financial services industry? Completing a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping is a brilliant way to build your understanding of how to process business tax requirements, prepare business activity statements, use programs such as MYOB, and the bookkeeping industry as a whole!
What is a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping?
A Certificate IV is the highest level of TAFE/VET education available before entering into diploma level. You can complete a straight Certificate IV in Bookkeeping or an FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping. It will prepare you to begin working as a bookkeeper, or continue to study and complete a higher level of education, such as a Diploma of Accounting. A course may also help you complete compulsory industry requirements, such as BAS agent registration or other accounting industry standards for certified bookkeepers and contract bookkeepers.
You will be required to complete some units of competency made up of core units as well as some elective units, which may include (as well as course codes):
- FNSTPB402 Establish and Maintain Payroll Systems
- BSBFIA401 Prepare Financial Reports
- FNSTPB401 Complete Business Activity and Instalment Activity Statements
- FNSACC311 Process Financial Transactions and Extract Interim Reports
- FNSACC416 Set Up and Operate a Computerised Accounting System
- FNSACC408 Work Effectively in the Accounting and Bookkeeping Industry
- FNSACC312 Administer Subsidiary Accounts and Ledgers
- BSBSMB412 Introduce Cloud Computing into Business Operations
- FNSACC414 Prepare Financial Statements for Non-Reporting Entities
- FNSACC313 Perform Financial Calculations
- BSBITU402 Develop and Use Complex Spreadsheets
- BSBITU306 Design and Produce Business Documents
- FNSACC412 Prepare Operational Budgets
Once you complete the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping, you can seek employment in a wide range of industries. Specific job titles for a graduate may include:
- BAS Agent
- Payroll Officer
- Accounts Supervisor
- Small Business Bookkeeper
Why study a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping?
A Certificate IV in Bookkeeping prepares you to work in a range of industries in a variety of job roles. Whether you want to work in Australian small business as a part-time bookkeeper, or as a payroll officer for a large organisation, a Certificate IV shows employers that you’re prepared for the workforce, have passed compulsory tests like the tax practitioners board and prepares you for further study.
What you’ll learn
During this course, you’ll learn how to prepare financial reports, develop business documents, establish and maintain a payroll system and develop and implement bookkeeping-related policies and procedures.
How to Study
If you’re interested in completing your Certificate IV in bookkeeping, there are several education requirements and entry requirements that you need to meet, including basic literacy and numeracy.
Many RTO’s offers both part-time and full-time study options, as well as several start dates throughout the year, so there are lots of flexible learning options. Plus, with the prevalence of online learning, many students can complete their chosen course or training package from anywhere in Australia, including Melbourne and the Gold Coast (Although international students interested in enrolling in a course should enquire with CRICOS.) Many RTOs also offer recognition of prior learning (RPL), so if you’ve already worked in the industry or have completed the previous study, such as a Certificate III, a registered training organisation may take that into account.
For more information in regards to course fees, payment plans, tuition fees, GST and upfront costs, check out individual courses listed above!