Bookkeeping Courses

Certificate IV in Bookkeeping Course

Course Code: FNS40215

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Becoming a certified Bookkeeper is an exciting career prospect. The Certificate IV in Bookkeeping course (FNS40215) is perfect for those already in a career as a contract bookkeeper; for someone considering a bookkeeping career; as well as individuals wishing to receive training to be able to undertake a bookkeeping role to move up in their present organisation or if seeking new employment.

If you want a nationally accredited bookkeeping qualification that could open up many new opportunities in your accounts career then this could be the course for you!

Don’t wait until it is too late to get qualified… Start your Cert IV in Bookkeeping today!

Where can the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping (FNS40215) course take you?

The Cert IV in Bookkeeping (FNS40215) is a nationally accredited bookkeeping training course. After you complete the course, you will be eligible to pursue roles for positions including:

  • ✔ Contract Bookkeeper
  • ✔ Accounts Receivable/Payable Clerk
  • ✔ Small Business Bookkeeper
  • ✔ Payroll Clerk

Bookkeeping Course Delivery Options

As a Nationally Recognised and Accredited course, the Cert IV in Bookkeeping is designed to open up new possibilities for your career in the bookkeeping industry. Your course is delivered by Inspire Education (RTO# 32067) as an online course so you can choose study following your own preferred schedule from any state or territory.

Because this course is delivered online, students are able to complete their training qualification from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, or in fact anywhere in Australia at times that are most convenient for them.

Certificates/Diplomas and Statements of Attainment will be provided by Inspire Education. Inspire Education can be reached at 1800 506 509 or

The FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping is superseded by FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping.

What Will You Learn in Your Bookkeeping Course?

The Cert IV in Bookkeeping is designed to teach you all facets of bookkeeping practices. You will learn how to establish and maintain both cash and accrual accounting systems, carry out Business Activity and Instalment Activity Statement tasks, establish a payroll system, prepare financial statements, and how to maintain inventory records.

Additionally, you will develop a broad range of general bookkeeping and financial industry competencies including applying principles and professional practice, good communication skills, technology, as well as good health and safety practices.

Course Structure

Online Learning:

How is the course delivered?

Studying the Certificate IV in  Bookkeeping (FNS40215) through online or distance learning allows you to take advantage of a self-paced and flexible learning environment. Resources are hosted on the student portal and can be accessed 24/7.

How long will I have to finish my course?

You will have 10 months to complete the course from your enrolment date through online/distance learning.

How much time should I spend on my course?

This course is expected to take around 604 hours of study to complete.

Certificate IV in Bookkeeping Course Units

The Certificate IV in Bookkeeping – FNS40215 is a nationally recognised and accredited Australian bookkeeping qualification comprised of 6 core units and 7 electives (13 units total).

FNSINC401 – Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry
FNSBKG401 – Develop and implement policies and practices relevant to bookkeeping activities
FNSBKG404 – Carry out Business Activity and Installment Activity Statement tasks
FNSBKG405 – Establish and maintain a payroll system
BSBFIA401 – Prepare financial reports
BSBITU306 – Design and produce business documents

BSBWHS201 – Contribute to health and safety of self and others
FNSACC303 – Perform financial calculations
FNSBKG402 – Establish and maintain a Cash Accounting System
FNSBKG403 – Establish and maintain a Accrual Accounting System
FNSACC405 – Maintain inventory records
FNSACC406 – Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
BSBITU402 – Develop and use complex spread sheets

This course is assessed through written questions, problem solving, case studies, projects, and creating documents.

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites to study the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping.

You will need to:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a reasonable level of literacy and numeracy (at least year 10 English and Maths or equivalent).
  • Have basic computer skills and be able to use applications like Word and Excel.

Preferably you will have some financial services industry experience OR hold a Certificate III in Accounts Administration.

Support & Resources Required

Throughout your bookkeeping course, you will have access to outstanding resources and support, including:

  • ✔ Comprehensive learner guides
  • ✔ Online Course Materials and Resources
  • ✔ Templates, Samples and Simulated Data
  • ✔ Australian Accounting and Auditing Standards
  • ✔ Online Forums and Student Community
  • ✔ Student Edition of MYOB Software
  • ✔ Ongoing Trainer Support via Phone and Student Messaging System
  • ✔ Access to the Australian Accounting and Auditing Standards & Tax Info
  • ✔ MYOB Student Software for Microsoft Windows and Mac Users (Compatible for OSX10.7 – OSX10.10 only)

To complete your studies, you will also need access to:

  • ✔ A computer with Internet connection (ADSL 2+ recommended)
  • ✔ Access to a Computer (PC or Mac) with Internet (ADSL 2+ and Google Chrome is recommended)
  • ✔ Latest Adobe Flash Player
  • ✔ Latest Adobe Acrobat Reader (Essential for Mac Users)
  • ✔ Latest Microsoft Word and Excel
  • ✔ Webcam and USB Headset (if you wish to participate in webinars)
  • ✔ Skype, Radmin and Team Viewer (free downloads)
  • ✔ Basic Calculator
  • ✔ Downloaded materials from the ATP and TPB
  • ✔ MYOB Student Software (only for Mac Users without OSX10.7 – OSX 10.10)

Reach Community College is responsible for the quality of training and assessment provided and for the issuing of all qualifications and statements of attainment. Any changes to the arrangements will be communicated to students.

Study Pathways

After completing this course, you can continue to develop your skills with the Diploma of Accounting. The Diploma will help you develop the abilities you need to tackle roles like assistant accountant, supervisor of accounting, executive officer in accounting or company bookkeeper. You can use the Diploma of Accounting to fulfill some of the educational requirements for tax agent registration which will allow you to complete personal and company tax returns.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning is available to anyone who can provide evidence of competency for any of the units offered in this qualification. This can include previous work experience, formal or informal training or other relevant life experiences you may have. To apply for RPL, simply fill out your enrolment form and indicate you’d like to apply for RPL. One of our friendly and experienced RPL experts will be in touch to talk you through the process and discuss your evidence. RPL can be granted for whole units or parts of a unit.

Reach Community College/Inspire Education recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued by any other Registered Training Organisation.

Student Handbook

For policies on refunds, extensions, other fees, complaints, appeals, replacement certificates or statements of attainment, please see the Reach Community College Student Handbook (opens a PDF document) and Inspire Education Student Handbook or visit the FAQ page.