Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

National Code: FNS40217
TAFE SA Code: TP01097


Take a step up the career ladder with this mid-level qualification in Accounting and Bookkeeping. Combining practical bookkeeping skills with accounting theory, this course will give you a range of career options and pathways towards further success. Through your studies, you’ll learn how to prepare business operation budgets, calculate product and service costing using Microsoft Excel applications, develop business documents, prepare business tax calculations, process everyday business transactions, prepare and lodge Business Activity Statements (BAS) to the Australian Tax Office (ATO), process payroll using MYOB AccountRight software, and apply the principles of accounting. By completing this qualification, you’ll be able to work as a registered BAS Agent or Bookkeeper (additional experience requirements apply). You can also choose to work as an accounts clerk or payroll office. This course provides a pathway to completing the Diploma of Accounting to become a Registered Tax Agent.

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Up to 12 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Accountant Accountant,  BookkeeperBookkeeper

In response to COVID-19, TAFE SA has had to make some changes to how courses are delivered. If any changes are made to the delivery or completion date of your course, TAFE SA will communicate with you directly.

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
$1,109 - $1,234
$2,219 - $2,467
$688 - $765
$1,375 - $1,529

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee
$1,578 - $1,755
$3,156 - $3,510

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
    • This course has more than one intake each Semester and you will commence at the next available intake.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Did you know that unemployment in this sector is below average? In fact, the Australian Government’s Job Outlook portal predicts jobs to grow steadily over the next 5 years. Therefore, by completing this course you’ll gain a nationally-recognised qualification with secure and sustainable job prospects for the future.
    You’ll be able to work across Australia in full-time and part-time roles across industries - including in professional, scientific and technical services, construction, education and training, retail trade, and much more.
    Potential job opportunities include Registered BAS agent, Licensed bookkeeper, Accounts payable officer, Accounts receivable officer, Payroll officer, Senior financial clerk, Office manager.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping (FNS40217)
    This qualification reflects the job roles of workers in the accounting industry, including BAS Agents and contract bookkeepers; and of those employees performing bookkeeping tasks for organisations in a range of industries. It includes preparing and lodging business and instalment activity statements, and providing advice or dealing with the Commissioner on behalf of a taxpayer in relation to activity statements. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 8 core units and 5 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers 40
    Complete business activity and instalment activity statements 50
    Establish and maintain payroll systems 45
    Introduce cloud computing into business operations 50
    Prepare financial reports 50
    Process financial transactions and extract interim reports 60
    Set up and operate a computerised accounting system 80
    Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Design and produce business documents 80
    Develop and use complex spreadsheets 50
    Perform financial calculations 30
    Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities 60
    Prepare operational budgets 40
    Process business tax requirements 50
    Produce job costing information 40
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