Gain the essential skills required to start your career in the financial services industry. This course equips you with practical and theoretical knowledge in bookkeeping and associated administrative duties.

You will learn how to:

  • develop and use complex spreadsheets
  • prepare financial reports and operational budgets
  • set up and operate computerised accounting systems
  • introduce cloud services into business operations
  • administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
  • establish and manage a payroll system
  • process financial transactions and extract interim reports.

This course currently meets the educational requirements set out by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) for registering as a Business Activity Statements (BAS) Agent. Registration requirements are reviewed regularly, please check the latest requirements.

On successful completion, you will have the skills to study more advanced accounting in the Diploma of Accounting, work as a self-employed bookkeeper or undertake bookkeeping activities in a business.

Course essentials

Offered by:
VU course code:
FNS40215
Study mode:
Part Time, Full Time
Delivery mode:
Blended
Face to Face
Duration:
0.5 years full time or longer for part time

Gain the essential skills required to start your career in the financial services industry.

This course equips you with practical and theoretical knowledge in bookkeeping and associated administrative duties. You will learn how to:

  • develop and use complex spreadsheets
  • prepare financial reports and operational budgets
  • set up and operate computerised accounting systems
  • introduce cloud services into business operations
  • administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
  • establish and manage a payroll system
  • process financial transactions and extract interim reports.

This course currently meets the educational requirements set out by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) for registering as a Business Activity Statements (BAS) Agent. Registration requirements are reviewed regularly, please check the latest requirements.

On successful completion, you will have the skills to study more advanced accounting in the Diploma of Accounting, work as a self-employed bookkeeper or undertake bookkeeping activities in a business.

You will need to create an account (or use your existing VU one).

Direct applications due 31 December 2018.

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Careers

Studying bookkeeping at Victoria Polytechnic will equip you with the skills and knowledge for a range of roles. You could gain employment within small, medium and large businesses, the public sector and not-for-profit organisations.

Potential job titles include:

  • contract bookkeeper
  • payroll officer
  • general accounts assistant
  • bookkeeping administrator
  • employee bookkeeper.

Course objectives

This qualification is designed to reflect the job roles of contract bookkeepers and employees performing bookkeeping tasks for organisations in a range of industries. It includes the preparation and lodgement of business and instalment activity statement tasks and the provision of advice or dealing with the Commissioner on behalf of a taxpayer in relation to the 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. Persons providing a Business Activity Statement (BAS) service must be registered by the Tax Practitioners Board, for which this qualification is currently cited as meeting the educational requirements for registration. Other conditions apply including a designated period of experience. Persons seeking BAS agent registration should check current registration requirements with the Board as this is reviewed regularly.

Refer to the FNS Implementation Guide Companion Volume or the relevant regulator for specific guidance on requirements.

Course structure

To be awarded the FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping, a student must successfully complete a total of thirteen (13) units of competency, comprising of:

  • six (6) core units, and;
  • seven (7) elective units, of which:
  • two (2) units are to be selected from Group A or Group B; 
  • of the remaining five (5) units:
  • two (2) units may be selected from Group A or Group B;
  • five (5) units may be selected from Group C, and;
  • two (2) units may be selected from a Certificate III, Certificate IV, or Diploma qualification 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 Victoria Polytechnic.

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

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  • 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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Admission & pathways

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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.

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.

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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.

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How to apply for this course

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You will need to create an account (or use your existing VU one).

Direct applications due 31 December 2018.

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