Duration:
0.5 years full time equivalent or longer for part time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning
Start dates:
4 October 2021
7 February 2022
26 April 2022

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Overview

Gain the specialised skills to enter the financial services industry with a Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping FNS40217 at VU Polytechnic.

This course will provide you with a solid foundation to begin your financial career. You will learn accounting principles as well as develop skills to perform a range of duties in the financial sector.

Our qualified trainers will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills in:

  • preparing financial reports
  • processing of financial transactions and interim reporting
  • administering subsidiary accounts and ledgers
  • computerised accounting systems and cloud-based systems
  • business activity and instalment activity statements
  • payroll systems.

When you graduate, you’ll have the confidence and ability to gain employment in an accounting support role, or go on to further study.

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A limited number of eligible students won’t pay tuition fees for this course in 2021.

Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand from Victorian employers.

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VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

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Careers in accounting and bookkeeping

This practical course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to gain employment in accounting support roles in Australia or overseas. You could work in small, medium or large practices or corporations in the financial services industry. You may also find work in one of the many sectors that require accounting functions, such as non-profit organisations, government bodies and small businesses.

Potential job titles include:

  • accounts support officer
  • bookkeeper
  • accounts payable and receivable
  • payroll officer
  • Business Activity Statements (BAS) agent.

Please refer to the Learning Outcomes section for further information about requirements for registration with the Tax Practitioners Board.

Course structure

The course structure comprises the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.

To be awarded the FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping, a student must successfully complete a total of thirteen (13) units of competency, comprising of:
*eight (8) core units, and;
*five (5) elective units, of which:

  • all five (5)  may be selected from the units listed in the FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping qualification;
  • up to two (2) units may be selected from a Certificate III, Certificate IV or Diploma in any currently endorsed training package or accredited course, provided they do not duplicate the outcome of another unit chosen for the qualification.

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).

CORE UNITS

ELECTIVE UNITS

Imported

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

Units in Transition

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.

Licensing/Regulatory Information
Work functions in the occupational areas where this qualification may be used are subject to regulatory requirements. Refer to the FNS Financial Services Training Package Companion Volume Implementation Guide or the relevant regulator for specific guidance on requirements.

Persons providing a business activity statement (BAS) service for a fee or other reward must be registered by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) and this qualification is currently cited as meeting the TPB education requirements for registration. Other conditions apply, including a designated period of experience. Persons seeking BAS agent registration should check current registration requirements with the TPB, as registration requirements are reviewed regularly.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

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The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

  • government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs.

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Available start dates:

  • 4 October 2021
  • 7 February 2022
  • 26 April 2022
  • 18 July 2022
  • 3 October 2022

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