FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

This course has been endorsed by the Australian National Training Authority and is registered on the Scope of Registration for Skill Solutions RTO number 22185.

This course is also accepted by the peak bodies in the finance industry and is also accepted by Australian Securities Investment Commission (ASIC) as the entry education requirement for Mortgage Brokers.

*Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply
This training may be delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding.

Packaging Rules

13 units must be achieved:
6 core units
7 elective units
Total Hours: 595

The elective units must be relevant to the work outcome and meet local industry needs.

Core Units

National Code Name Nominal Hours
BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports 50
BSBITU306 Design and produce business documents 80
FNSBKG401 Develop and implement policies and procedures relevant to bookkeeping activities 30
FNSBKG404 Carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasks 50
FNSBKG405 Establish and maintain a payroll system 30
FNSINC401 Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry 30

Elective Units

National Code Name Nominal Hours
BSBITU304 Produce spreadsheets  35
FNSACC301 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports  60
FNSACC302 Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers  40
FNSACC303 Perform financial calculations  30
FNSACC406 Set up and operate a computerized accounting system  80
FNSBKG402 Establish and maintain a cash accounting system  40
FNSBKG403 Establish and maintain an accrual accounting system  40


Preferred Entry Requirements are:

1. Must be 18 years of Age
2. Must be Australian Citizen or Permanent Australian Resident
3. Must be willing to undergo a Police Check
4. Must be a no Bankrupt
5. Must have a commitment to a professional work ethic
6. Must be able to commit to lessons and dates
7. Must have good communication skills
8. Must complete a Literacy and Numeracy test- at an ACSF Level entrance IV
9. Must have basic computer knowledge
10. Must demonstrate an understanding of the Role of the Mortgage Broker
11. Must demonstrate financial viability and commitment

FACE TO FACE Distance Learning
Gov. Funded $714 $714 N/A
Non Gov. Funded $4795 $4795 $1200
Concession $142.8 $142.8 N/A

Pathways from the qualification

Certificate III in Accounts Administration

The primary pathway from this qualification is employment in a bookkeeping job role with functions that include.

  • Establishing and maintaining manual and computerised accounting systems
  • Completing Business Activity Statements (BAS) and other office financial statements
  • Developing bookkeeping management systems for organisations
  • General administration.

A further learning pathway utilising qualifications such as Diploma of Accounting would support career progression

Licensing/Regulatory Information
Work functions in the occupational areas where this qualification may be used are subject to regulatory requirements. You should refer to the IBSA website (www.ibsa.org.au) or the relevant regulator for specific guidance on requirements.

Employability Skills Summary
The following table contains a summary of the employability skills required by industry for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability Skill Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:
  • creating manuals and flowcharts
  • developing and writing reports to specifications
  • establishing and maintaining networks
  • preparing and presenting information in appropriate electronic format
  • questioning, listening and clarifying client’s requirements
  • reading and interpreting workplace information
  • using interpersonal skills (e.g. liaising, listening and consulting)
  • using effective telephone techniques and having the ability to negotiate solutions with clients and colleagues
  • applying knowledge of own role as a team member to meet workplace outcomes
  • working with management to determine organisational reporting requirements
  • working with others such as clients and external experts
Problem solving
  • applying estimating, forecasting and analysis skills
  • analysing and verifying source documents
  • checking and coding data, reconciling accounts, verifying and correcting discrepancies
  • determining security protocols
  • identifying OHS hazards and applying risk control
  • performing calculations
Initiative and enterprise
  • analysing organisation’s business opportunities to determine cash or accrual accounting system and payment options in consultation with management
  • investigating accounting discrepancies
  • referring non-routine problems to a nominated person
Planning and organising
  • ensuring the integrity of systems, records and reporting procedures are maintained
  • maintaining accounting records for compliance purposes
  • preparing, processing and maintaining financial records including payroll
  • processing routine documents and maintaining files, managing information and scheduling and coordinating competing tasks
  • recording, gathering and classifying information
  • setting up, maintaining and reviewing systems
  • applying time management strategies to own work schedule
  • managing own time and priorities and dealing with contingencies
  • taking responsibility as required by work role and ensuring all organisational policies and procedures are followed
  • working ethically and complying with industry professional code of practice and legislative requirements
  • adapting to change in technology and/or work practices
  • following workplace safety procedures
  • identifying opportunities for own professional development
  • maintaining currency of knowledge of legislation and industry requirements
  • seeking information, advice or services that fall outside scope of operation
  • using online help for self-learning purposes
  • applying data entry and keyboard skills
  • operating computers, using word processing, spreadsheet and database skills to produce workplace documentation
  • using accounting specific software packages
  • using business technology to access, enter and monitor information