Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

National Code: FNS40222
TAFE SA Code: TP01378


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 XERO 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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12 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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Entry Recommendations
We recommend that you have completed Year 11 or any Certificate III or higher before starting this course.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs

  • You may need to purchase textbooks.
  • You will need access to a computer and the internet.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
$1,194 - $1,309
$2,387 - $2,618
$729 - $799
$1,457 - $1,598
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
Full Fee
$1,690 - $1,853
$3,379 - $3,706

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • 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 (FNS40222)
    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 10 core units and 3 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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective 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 elective 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
    Design and produce spreadsheets 35
    Establish and maintain payroll systems 45
    Prepare financial reports 50
    Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities 60
    Prepare operational budgets 40
    Process financial transactions and extract interim reports 60
    Set up and operate computerised accounting system 80
    Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Design and produce business documents 80
    Design and produce complex spreadsheets 50
    Perform financial calculations 30
    Process business tax requirements 50
    Produce job costing information 40
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