Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

Free TAFE course
Course Code FNS40217
Locations Warrnambool, Portland, Hamilton
Study Mode Full-time, Part-time, On Campus, Workshops
Length Full-time: 12 months
Part-time: 2 years
Commencement Febraury 2020
Timetable Evening classes if you are experienced in the industry:
Full-time: 2 evenings a week plus 10 Saturday workshops throughout the year
Part-time: 1 evening a week plus 6 Saturday workshops throughout the year

Day classes if you have limited experience in the industry:
Full-time: 3 days a week

Delivery in Hamilton and Portland campuses may via Smart Classroom (the teacher may not always be physically present and may teach via video conferencing)
Saturday workshops will be held at the Warrnambool campus
Course Overview

Improve your career prospects, prepare for further studies or build on your existing bookkeeping skills and maximise your employment opportunities in this field. 

During this course, you will gain skills and knowledge to prepare and lodge business and instalment activity statements and the provision of advice or dealing with the Commissioner on behalf of a taxpayer in relation to the activity statements. You will also develop skills in budgeting and forecasting, payroll, reporting and using accounting software.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply to the Tax Practitioners Board to be an approved Business Activity Statement (BAS), Agent.

Completion of this course also meets the entry requirements for the Diploma of Accounting.

What will I Learn?

You will learn the skills and knowledge required for different jobs within the financial services industry in Australia.

This includes:

  • budgets and forecasts
  • financial performance
  • cloud computing
  • computerised accounting systems
  • payroll
  • financial reports
  • professional practice

Mode of delivery

Classes at Hamilton and Portland will be delivered via Smart Classroom.

The Smart Classroom delivery mode allows you to virtually attend and actively participate in classes, interact with other students and the teacher, while at the same time reducing the need for travel – especially at night. Although it is not quite the same as having a teacher in the class with you, the teacher will be available to answer any questions live and in real-time. Teachers are also able to assist students outside of class times via email.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this course, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to undertake a range of professional bookkeeping or accounting roles in financial and other industries including:

  • Accounts Payable Officer
  • Accounts Receivable Officer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll officer

You will also be eligible to apply to the Tax Practitioners Board to be an approved Business Activity Statement (BAS), Agent. Other conditions may apply including a designated period of experience.


Upon successful completion of this course, you may continue further study in the Diploma of Accounting. Completion of this course meets the entry requirements for the Diploma of Accounting.

You may also choose to continue further study at Bachelor level in the business or commerce study areas. Find out more on our University Pathways page.

Information Session

Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts. 

Find the next info session near you

Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

To be eligible to enrol in this course, you must attend a compulsory, specific Accounting and Bookkkeeping information session.
Want to be kept in the loop about this information session? Register your interest for this course here.
Applications for the February 2020 course will open in November 2019.

After attending this information session, you will also be required to:

  • apply online for this course
  • complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) online (this will be emailed to you after applying)
  • complete a literacy and numeracy entrance test and a written assessment. You must satisfactorily complete this test with an ACSF exit level 3 to meet the course selection criteria
  • after successfully completing the tests, we will be in touch to arrange an interview time with you

Other entry requirements include:

  • if you are entering this course directly from secondary school you must have completed Year 12
  • you are expected to have suitable language, literacy, numeracy, communication and technology skills to undertake this course

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 13 units: 8 core and 5 elective units.

You are required to provide your own device to use in class that is compatible with the accounting software. You can chat with the course coordinator about the device at your interview.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports 50 $20.00
BSBSMB412 Introduce cloud computing into business operations 50 $20.00
FNSACC311 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports 60 $20.00
FNSACC312 Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers 40 $20.00
FNSACC408 Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry 40 $20.00
FNSACC416 Set up and operate a computerised accounting system 80 $20.00
FNSTPB401 Complete business activity and instalment activity statements 50 $20.00
FNSTPB402 Establish and maintain payroll systems 45 $20.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
BSBITU306 Design and produce business documents 80 $20.00
BSBITU402 Develop and use complex spreadsheets 50 $20.00
BSBSMB402 Plan small business finances 50 $0.00
FNSACC313 Perform financial calculations 30 $20.00
FNSACC412 Prepare operational budgets 40 $0.00

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

Skills Recognition

Your current skills, knowledge and experience can contribute to help you get a qualification. Learn more about skills recognition and how it may benefit you here.  

Pre-training review

The pre-training review assists SWTAFE staff to determine whether this course is the most suitable for you at this time, and also identify any support needs you may require once you commence your studies. It takes about an hour to complete. Once you apply for your chosen course a link to the pre-training review will be emailed to you.

Unique Student Identifier

If you are studying nationally recognised training in Australia, you are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Your USI links to an online account that contains your training records and results for training completed from 1 January 2015 onwards. One of the main benefits of the USI is the ability to provide you with easy access to your training records and results throughout your life and this will assist you when applying for a job or enrolling in further study. You are required to have a USI at the time of enrolment – especially if you want to use VET Student Loans to defer your fees. To apply online or get more information go to www.usi.gov.au.

Course Fees

Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. Your fees each year are made up of 2 different elements:

  • Tuition fee
  • Consumables/material fee

There are 3 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you depending on your eligibility and circumstances. The 3 categories include:

The fees listed below are indicative only and may be subject to change without notice and given individual circumstances. Your actual fees will be calculated based on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future. 

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Student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $5,125.00
Concession rate $1,025.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $8,150.00
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Fee type Indicative Course Fee
Maximum Consumable/Materials Fee $260.00
Maximum Consumables/Materials Fees

You may be required to pay the cost of some goods or materials necessary for your course, eg: tools of the trade, uniform and books. The maximum consumables/materials fees are made up of course consumables, core unit consumables and the maximum elective units you will pay.

Final costs will be determined at enrolment and you will be informed of the fees associated with course consumables and resources via your Statement of Fees. 


Your course may require you to purchase additional materials or books. You can choose where to purchase these items from. You can download the booklist for this course here: HERE

Which fee applies to me?

Government-subsidised rate - Skills First
You could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
Check your eligibility

Skills First Exemptions
As a Victorian Government TAFE, South West TAFE is able to provide exemptions for prospective students. Contact our Customer Service Team to find out if you are eligible for an exemption.

Concession rate
If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment. You may be eligble for the concession rate. 
Find out more about concession rates

Full fee rate
If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate. 

Find out more about fees and eligibility

How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you. Call, email or drop in.

Call 5564 8515 or email skillsandjobscentre@swtafe.edu.au

Apply Now

Apply now for a place in our next course intake. Places for courses are limited, so it’s best to get in soon so you don’t miss out. You’ll need to complete an application form  which you can do online here or by speaking with our Customer Service team.  We invite you to come and see us at one of our campuses in Warrnambool, Colac, Portland or Hamilton and a team member will ensure you are taken care of.

If you have any questions regarding the application process please chat to our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.