Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

Course Code: FNS40211

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Become a Certified Bookkeeper with the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

The Certificate IV in Bookkeeping FNS40211 is Australia’s nationally recognised bookkeeper qualification suitable for anyone wishing to operate as a certified bookkeeper in Australia.

This includes those wishing to work or already working as a contract bookkeeper, employees performing the role of a bookkeeper in an organisation, 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.

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Where Can the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping Take Your Career?

Becoming a certified Bookkeeper is an exciting career prospect. Our Certificate IV in Bookkeeping Course (FNS40211) is perfect for those wishing to pursue a career as a:

  • Contract Bookkeeper
  • Certified Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Receivable and Payable Clerk
  • General Clerical Assistant
  • Payroll Clerk

Course Delivery

The most effective and popular method of delivery is through Online Learning, enabling students to complete their Certificate IV in Bookkeeping as fast as they’d like.  This enables busy professionals wishing to upskill the ability to become qualified in bookkeeping without having to attend lengthy classes or workshops.

Because Inspire’s Cert IV in Bookkeeping is delivered online students are able to complete their Cert IV in Bookkeeping from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, or in fact anywhere in Australia at times that are most convenient for them.

Course Duration:  You will have 12 months to complete the course from your enrolment date through online/distance learning. Inspire has a continual intake of students on this basis. If applying for RPL and paying the special discounted rate, you will have a maximum of 6 months to complete the course.

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What Will you Learn in the Bookkeeping Course?

Inspire’s Cert IV in Bookkeeping is designed to teach you the many facets of bookkeeping practices used within the industry today. You will learn how to establish and maintain accounting systems (cash and accrual), prepare financial statements, and how to maintain asset and inventory records.

Our Certificate IV in Bookkeeping covers how to carry out Business Activity and Instalment Activity Tasks, and how to Establish and Maintain a Payroll System using Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) approved assessment methods.  This means that by completing this course you will meet the education requirements for BAS agent registration in Australia.

Additionally, throughout your studies, you will develop a broad range of general bookkeeping and financial industry skills  including the principles of professional practice, customer service, quality communication, and health and safety processes.

This is the current Certificate IV in Bookkeeping course (FNS40211) which supersedes the older Certificate IV in Financial Services (Bookkeeping) FNS40207 qualification.

Course Outline & Structure

Nominal Hours:  There are a total of 575 nominal hours for this course. This equals approximately 11 hours of study per week for the full 12 month course, however you may work at your own pace and complete your course faster if you’d like!

Assessment Methods:  Assessment is conducted using a combination of written questions, problem solving activities, case studies, research projects and document creation to give you maximum opportunity to develop your knowledge in bookkeeping.

FNS40211 Course Units

Inspire provides the FNS40211, Certificate IV in Bookkeeping Course which is comprised of 13 units – 9 core units plus 4 elective units.  Our Certificate IV in Bookkeeping elective units have been carefully selected to ensure they meet the needs of a wide range of professional bookkeepers.

Core Units:

FNSINC401A – Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry
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
FNSBKG404A – Carry out Business Activity and Installment Activity Statement tasks
FNSBKG405A – Establish and maintain a payroll system
BSBOHS201A – Participate in OHS processes
BSBFIA401A – Prepare financial reports
BSBITU306A – Design and produce business documents


FNSACC303A – Perform financial calculations
FNSACC405A – Maintain inventory records
FNSACC406A – Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
BSBITU402A – Develop and use complex spread sheets

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

Additional Units:
(when applying for the Combined Certificate IV in Accounting/Certificate IV in Bookkeeping Course)

FNSACC301A – Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
FNSACC403A – Make decisions in a legal context
FNSACC404A – Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites required to enter the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping.
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 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
  • Templates, Samples and Simulated Data
  • MYOB Student Software
  • Australian Accounting and Auditing Standards
  • Online Forums and Student Community
  • Ongoing Trainer Support via Phone and Student Messaging System

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 Bookkeeping, learners can continue their 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 bookkeeping 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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