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Duration:
0.5 years full time or longer for part time.
Delivery mode:
Face to Face

Applications for this course are currently being accepted.

Overview

Gain the practical training to enter the financial services industry with a Certificate IV in Accounting at Victoria University Polytechnic.

Gain the practical training to enter the financial services industry with a Certificate IV in Accounting at Victoria University Polytechnic.

This course will provide you with a solid foundation to begin your career in accounting. You’ll learn essential accounting principles and learn to perform a range of accounting duties.

Learning from our teachers who are experts in their field, you’ll gain skills and knowledge in:

  • manual and computerised accounting (including MYOB)
  • processing journals
  • budget preparation
  • maintaining a payroll system
  • maintaining inventory records
  • preparing financial reports and statements
  • preparing a Business Activity Statement (BAS).

You’ll also learn to ensure that relevant legal requirements are adhered to. When you graduate, you’ll have the confidence and ability to gain employment in an accounting support role, or go on to further study.

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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Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.

Careers in accounting

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 clerk
  • bookkeeper
  • payroll officer
  • Business Activity Statements (BAS) agent.

Course structure

To be awarded FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting, a student must complete a total of thirteen (13) units of competency, consisting of:

  • ten (10) core units, and;

  • three (3) elective units, of which:

  • one (1) unit must be selected from the electives listed in the FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting qualification

  • of the remaining two (2) units:
  • up to two (2) units may be from the electives listed in the FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting qualification;
  • up to two (2) units may be from a Certificate III, IV or Diploma in any currently endorsed training package or accredited course.

The elective units chosen must be relevant to the work outcome and meet local industry needs as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

This qualification reflects accounting job roles in financial services and other industries requiring accounting support functions. Individuals in these roles apply theoretical and specialist knowledge and skills to work autonomously and exercise judgement in completing routine and non-routine activities.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

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

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

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We can help with fee assistance and advice.

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. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

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.

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.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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