0.5 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning
Start dates:
29 January 2024
22 April 2024
15 July 2024

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Gain specialised skills to begin your financial career with a Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping (FNS40222) at Victoria University (VU).

Start working in the financial services industry sooner with this course that will qualify you to work in bookkeeping or accounting support roles, or set you up for further study.

In this accounting and bookkeeping course, you’ll learn basic accounting principles and skills to get you work-ready for a variety of roles within the financial sector.

With the support of qualified and dedicated trainers, you’ll learn about:

  • preparing financial reports
  • processing financial transactions and interim reporting
  • administering subsidiary accounts and ledgers
  • using computerised accounting systems
  • preparing and lodging business activity and instalment activity statements
  • managing payroll systems.

Studying at VU makes it easier to further your career opportunities by transitioning from one course to the next.

After your Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping, you can enjoy a seamless transition into a Diploma of Accounting, which may allow you to complete a Bachelor of Accounting in less time.   

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Benefit from in-person mentoring and study sessions, along with a range of digital learning modules that you can access anytime.

Get help from our online, 24/7 support service to polish your assignments before you submit, and receive guidance on writing, referencing, maths and more.

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With a Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping FNS40222, you’ll have the confidence to apply for roles such as:

  • bookkeeper
  • accounts support officer
  • accounts payable/receivable
  • payroll officer
  • Business Activity Statement (BAS) agent*

*Registration with the Tax Practitioner Board (TPB) required.

Course structure

To be awarded the FNS40222 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping, a total of thirteen (13) units of competency must be achieved, comprising of:

  • ten (10) core units, and;
  • three (3) elective units, of which:
  • at least two (2) must be from the elective units listed below
  • up to one (1) may be from this qualification or any currently endorsed Certificate III or above training package qualification or accredited course.

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).



This qualification reflects the role of individuals in the accounting and bookkeeping industry, including business activity statement (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, data processing, monthly reconciliations, preparing budgets, preparing reports on financial performance and the position of the business, preparing end-of-year adjustments, and finalising financial records after year-end. Dealing with the Commissioner of Taxation on behalf of a taxpayer in relation to activity statements and other lodgement matters is also a key component of the role that this qualification reflects. Individuals in these roles apply theoretical and specialist skills and knowledge to work autonomously, and exercise judgement in completing routine and non-routine activities.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

Fee type definitions

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
  • full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and 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

All applicants are required to complete the following to determine suitability for admission:
* complete a Pre-training Review (PTR); and* must undertake a literacy and numeracy assessment.

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.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

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:

  • 29 January 2024
  • 22 April 2024
  • 15 July 2024
  • 30 September 2024

Before you apply

Before starting your application, please read through the step-by-step VU Polytechnic application process to make sure you have all the necessary documents and information ready to successfully complete your application.

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