Diploma of Accounting

Course Code: FNS50210

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Inspire’s FNS50210 Diploma of Accounting course is designed to build on your existing accounting skills and knowledge with more advanced accounting training.

It is an ideal qualification to help you develop your career in the accounting industry and take on more senior accounting roles or pursue opportunities such as becoming a registered Australian tax agent.

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Where Can The Diploma Of Accounting Take Your Career?

The Diploma of Accounting is perfect for those advancing their accounting career to the next level.  It is perfect for those wishing to engage in careers such as:

  • Assistant Accountant
  • Finance Sector Supervisor
  • Executive Officer in Accounting
  • Company Bookkeeper
  • Supervisor of Accounts Department
  • Budget Officer

Course Delivery

This qualification is delivered through Online Learning. This highly effective method of delivery is extremely popular and you will be supported during your studies by our talented accounting trainers. Online learning allows you to work at your own pace and fit your study around your work, family and life schedule. This is ideal if you are a busy professional or between employment and looking to complete your study quickly so you can rejoin the workforce as soon as possible.

Online study allows us to accept enrolments from anywhere in Australia (or overseas). You can start training and get your accounting career on track whether you live in regional areas or major cities like Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne or Sydney.

Course Duration: You will have up to 12 months to complete your training from your course start date through online learning. There are no set course dates so you can enrol and begin training straight away and work through the course as fast as you like!

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What Will You Learn in the Accounting Diploma Course?

While studying your Diploma of Accounting, you will learn essential skills such as how to prepare tax returns for individuals.  You will also discover how to implement internal control processes, manage budgets and forecasts, prepare financial reports for corporate entities and provide financial and business performance information.

This Diploma of Accounting course can be used to fulfill the ‘Primary Qualification’ requirements for Tax Agent registration in Australia! It may also be used to fulfill many of the educational requirements for BAS Agent registration (see Certification Requirements at the bottom of the page for more information).

Our Diploma of Accounting course will help you develop a broad range of accounting skills integral to the operation of Australian businesses, governments and charities.  These skills are valued by prospective employers across all industry sectors and can be used in a huge range of professional accounting roles.

Course Outline & Structure

The FNS50210 Diploma of Accounting is a nationally recognised and accredited Australian accounting course.  It is ideal if you are seeking Tax/BAS agent registration and/or wish to enhance your skills and knowledge to take on more senior roles in accountancy.

Nominal Hours: The Diploma of Accounting course has a nominal study load of 430 hours. This equals approximately 8.5 hours per week over 12 months.

Assessment Methods: The Diploma of Accounting is assessed using written questions, problem solving in scenarios or simulated activities, case studies and by gathering & creating documents.

FNS50210 Course Units

The FNS50210 Diploma of Accounting is comprised of 9 units – 6 core units and 3 elective units.  Our Diploma of Accounting elective units have been carefully chosen to ensure they meet the needs of a wide range of jobs requiring accounting skills.

Core Units include (6 total):

FNSACC501A – Provide financial and business performance information
FNSACC502B – Prepare legally compliant tax returns for Individuals
FNSACC503A – Manage budgets and forecasts
FNSACC504A – Prepare financial reports for corporate entities
FNSACC506A – Implement and maintain internal control procedures
FNSACC507A – Provide management accounting information

Electives (complete 3 of 3):

FNSACC405A – Maintain inventory records
BSBITU402A – Develop and use complex spreadsheets
FNSBKG405A – Establish and maintain a payroll system

The Diploma of Accounting shares some units with the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping and Certificate IV in Accounting courses. If you hold either of these qualifications, you may be able to gain credit for units you have already completed and reduce your study load!

Entry Requirements

To enter the FNS50210 Diploma of Accounting course you must already hold the 9 core units from the FNS10 Certificate IV in Accounting or the FNS04 Certificate IV in Accounting. If you do not currently hold the prerequisites, Inspire Education offers a bridging course which will allow you to complete those 9 units as part of your Diploma program (see Bridging Course details below).

It is also preferred that students:

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Have sound language and literacy skills (at least Year 10 English and Maths, or equivalent)
  • 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 your Diploma of Accounting course, you can continue your studies with the FNS60210 Advanced Diploma of Accounting. The advanced diploma can lead to career outcomes such as financial accountant, taxation accountant or management accountant. You may be able to use the advanced diploma as an entry path into a Bachelor of Accounting qualification (or other business related disciplines).

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

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment – to become an accounting trainer or enhance your workplace training skills.
Certificate IV in Bookkeeping – to develop additional skills to use in bookkeeping roles.
Certificate IV in Business Administration – to enhance your general business administration skills.

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 Diploma of Accounting course is an approved course you can use to fulfill the ‘Primary Qualification’ requirements for Tax Agent registration (see TASA 2009, schedule 2, part 2, item 203).

You can also use this qualification to fulfill the training requirements for BAS agent registration provided you have also completed the unit “FNSBKG404A – Carry out Business Activity and Installment Activity Statement tasks” (or equivalent). This unit is commonly included in Certificate IV in Bookkeeping/Accounting qualifications, and is part of the Certificate IV in Accounting bridging course offered by Inspire Education.

Diploma of Accounting Bridging Course

To help you gain entry to the Diploma of Accounting and earn the qualification you need, Inspire Education has developed a fast-track bridging course with the Certificate IV in Accounting core units. After completing this bridging course, you will be awarded a statement of attainment for these 9 units.

Duration: You’ll have an additional 6 months to complete these units, bringing your total maximum course duration to 18 months.

Nominal Hours: The prerequisite units have a nominal completion time of 490 hours. This equals and expected study load of approximately 19 hours per week over 6 months.

Bridging Course Units:

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

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