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Certificate IV in Accounting

Course Name: Certificate IV in Accounting

Provider: Open Colleges

Level: Certificate IV

Delivery Method: Online

Course Overview

The Certificate IV in Accounting is the ideal way to gain a broad understanding of the accounting field and the skills required to break into the finance industry. It can also be used to formalise existing knowledge by gaining a nationally recognised qualification. You’ll learn crucial accounting, planning and computer skills that could allow you to start work in a range financial roles, including accounts clerk.

Upon successful completion of your course, the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) will recognise you as having met the educational requirements to register as a Business Activity Statement (BAS) agent. This course meets the TPB's current educational requirements for registered BAS agents that were put in place on 1st of March 2012. Additional eligibility criteria may apply.

Potential Career Outcomes

  • Accounts Assistant
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • BAS Agent
  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll Clerk

Course Details

  • Course number - E1078
  • Qualification name - FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting
  • Course duration - Maximum 24 months
  • Delivery Method - Online
  • Recognition - Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
  • Assessments - Case Studies, Knowledge tests, Multiple Choice Questions, Practical Assessments, Short-Answer Questions, Verbal Assessments, Written Reports
  • Fee for service option awarded by - Open Colleges (Provider number: 90796)

Course Subjects

Module 1

  • FNSACC301 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
  • FNSACC302 Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers

Module 2

  • BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports
  • FNSACC301 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
  • FNSACC302 Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
  • BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports

Module 3

  • FNSACC404 Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities

Module 4

  • FNSACC406 Set up and operate a computerised accounting system

Module 5

  • FNSBKG405 Establish and maintain a payroll system

Module 6

  • FNSBKG404 Carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasks

Module 7

  • FNSACC401 Process business tax requirements

Module 8

  • FNSINC401 Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry

Module 9

  • BSBITU306 Design and produce business documents

Module 10

  • FNSACC402 Prepare operational budgets
  • BSBITU402 Develop and use complex spreadsheets
  • FNSACC503 Manage budgets and forecasts



There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old


This course involves reading learning content and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 12 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 12 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate III level or higher; or
  • 3 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.


To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Compressing image files.

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