Certificate IV in Accounting

Course Code: FNS40611

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Advance Your Career With the Certificate IV in Accounting!

The FNS40611 Certificate IV in Accounting is a nationally recognised and accredited Australian accounting qualification, suitable to help you begin or develop your career working in accounting roles in the financial services industry.

This includes roles such as accounts payable or receivable clerk, payroll clerk, general clerical assistant or general account keeping for a small business, or becoming a registered BAS agent.

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Where Can the Certificate IV in Accounting Take Your Career?

The Certificate IV in Accounting is an excellent choice for those wanting to hone their skills and get ahead in their career. It is perfect for those wishing to engage in careers such as:

  • General Account Keeping within a Small Business
  • Accounts Receivable and Payable Clerks
  • Payroll Clerks
  • General Clerical Assistants
  • Trainee Accountants
  • General Banking, and Finance related fields

Course Delivery

This course is delivered through Online Learning, a popular and effective method of study. Online learning is ideal for anyone wishing to become qualified in accounting without having to travel and attend workshops or classes at inconvenient times.

Online learning also allows you to study at your own pace anywhere in Australia, including remote areas AND all major cities such as Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth or Adelaide.

Course Duration: You will have 12 months from your commencement date to complete your training through online learning. There are no fixed study periods, so you can enrol and commence your training at any time throughout the year.

What Will You Learn in our Cert IV Accounting Course?

Inspire’s Certificate IV in Accounting is designed to develop your skills and knowledge of accounting in Australia. It is an ideal course to help you enter or develop your career in the accounting industry. In this course, you will learn how to process financial transactions, prepare statements and reports, carry out BAS tasks and set up and maintain a computerised accounting system.

This Certificate IV in Accounting course includes units covering GST and BAS taxation principles which are assessed using TPB approved methods. This means that by completing this qualification, you will meet the educational requirements for BAS agent registration in Australia.

As part of your course you will also explore and develop a broad range of general accounting and financial industry skills, such as quality communication, professional practice, creating business documents, and making decisions in a legal context.

Course Outline & Structure

Nominal Hours: There are 620 nominal hours of work for this course. This equals approximately 12 hours per week of study over 12 months, however you can study at your own pace and complete the course faster if you like!

Assessment Methods: This course is assessed through a wide range of methods, including written questioning and activities, reflection, problem solving in scenarios or simulated activities, case studies, research, and by gathering and creating documents.

FNS40611 Course Units

The Certificate IV in Accounting FNS40611 is comprised of 13 units – 9 core units, and 4 elective units. Our Certificate IV in Accounting elective units have been carefully selected to ensure they meet the needs of a wide range of roles requiring accounting skills.

Core Units include (9 total):

BSBFIA401A – Prepare financial reports
BSBITU306A – Design and produce business documents
BSBOHS201A – Participate in OHS process
FNSACC301A – Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
FNSACC403B – Make decisions in a legal context
FNSACC404A – Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities
FNSACC406A – Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
FNSBKG404A – Carry out Business Activity and Installment Activity Statement tasks
FNSINC401A – Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry

Electives (complete 4 of 4):

FNSACC303A – Perform financial calculations
FNSACC405A – Maintain inventory records
BSBITU402A – Develop and use complex spread sheets
FNSBKG405A – Establish and maintain a payroll system

This Accounting course shares many units with the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping. Inspire offers a Combined Certificate option so that you can complete both qualifications at the same time!

Additional Units:
(when completing the Combined Certificate IV in Accounting/Certificate IV in Bookkeeping)

FNSBKG401A – Develop and implement policies and practices relevant to bookkeeping activities
FNSBKG402A – Establish and maintain a Cash Accounting System
FNSBKG403A – Establish and maintain a Accrual Accounting System

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites required to enter the Certificate IV in Accounting.

However, it is preferred that students:

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Have sound language and literacy skills (at least Year 10 English and Maths, or equivalent)
  • Hold a Certificate III in Accounts Administration OR some accounting industry experience
  • Have basic computer skills preferably with Microsoft Word and Excel


To support you in your studies Inspire will provide:

  • Online Course Materials and Resources
  • Ongoing Trainer Support via Phone and Student Messaging System
  • Templates, Samples and Simulated Data
  • MYOB Student Software
  • Australian Accounting and Auditing Standards
  • Online Forums and Student Community

To complete your studies you will need to have 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)
  • Microsoft Word and Excel 97 or later
  • Webcam and USB Headset
  • Skype, Radmin and Team Viewer (free downloads)
  • Basic Calculator

Qualification Pathways

After completing the Certificate IV in Accounting, you can continue your financial services studies with the Diploma of Accounting FNS50210. The Diploma qualification is suitable to pursue roles such as an Assistant Accountant, Company Bookkeeper or Supervisor of Accounts Department.

Once enrolled in this course you may also consider additional training to complement your accounting skills, such as:

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is available to any learner who can provide evidence of competency for the units offered within the qualification. See the RPL Guide for more information on this process and how to apply.

Certification Requirements

This Certificate IV in Accounting course fulfills the training requirements to register as a BAS agent in Australia, including Tax Practitioner Board approved units in basic GST/BAS taxation principles.  For more information about BAS agent registration, including experience, training and other requirements, please visit the Tax Practitioners Board website.

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