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0.5 Year


The Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping is designed to give you a range of transferable financial skills and knowledge for accounts payable and payroll officer roles, sought after by multiple industries.

You will cover the foundations of accounting and bookkeeping using contemporary industry tools like cloud computing and learn how to balance numbers, identify discrepancies and plan financial outcomes and projections.

The Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping will give you the essential skills you need to improve your reporting, financial analysis and professional standards.


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Through course work, you will learn to:

  • Prepare financial reports
  • Process financial transactions
  • Understand accounting fundamentals
  • Use software systems such as MYOB, Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Maintain payroll systems
  • Produce Business Activity Statements (BAS)


TAFE NSW is known for delivering training that develops your practical capability:

  • Operate payroll systems
  • Administer accounts and ledgers
  • Use cloud computing for business
  • Lodge Business Activity Statements (BAS)
  • Provide excellent customer service


Stand out in a global job market with the professional skills and confidence to work with colleagues and clients in finance and office environments:

  • Problem solving
  • Become observant to patterns in numbers
  • Time management - Accountability


Accounting and bookkeeping roles are changing. New software and analytical tools are allowing professionals to move from a data entry focus into strategic roles providing business advice.

Other key trends transforming accounting in 2020 and beyond, include:

  • Solutions powered by automation and artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Block chain
  • Data analysis
  • Data science
  • E-commerce


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements: English Language Requirements
TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

To be prepared for this course, it is highly recommended that you:

  • Are able to work effectively with numbers and calculations
  • Can study independently
  • Have an interest in learning new practical and theory skills

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

If an accounting professional wishes to offer a Business Activity Statement (BAS) service for a fee or other reward, they must be registered by the Australian Tax Practitioners Board (TPB).

The Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping meets the TPB requirements for BAS registration.

If you are interested in BAS Agent Registration in Australia, you will need to check all current requirements with the Tax Practitioners Board.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Granville Feb , Jul A$7,930
Meadowbank Feb , Jul A$7,930
St Leonards Feb , Jul A$7,930
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$7,930
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Granville Feb , Jul A$7,930
Meadowbank Feb , Jul A$7,930
Ultimo Feb , Jul A$7,930


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


TAFE NSW offers you a range of on campus study environments you will have access to industry specific computer rooms, simulated work places, study and presentation areas as well as general student facilities to enhance your learning and student experience.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Studiosity - online access to a tutor


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules: Total Number of Units of competency =13.
  • 8 core units & 5 elective units
  • all 5 units may be chosen from the elective units listed below
  • Up to 2 units may be from a Certificate IV or Diploma in any currently endorsed training package or accredited course provided they do not duplicate the outcome of another unit chosen for the qualification.
  • Core Units
  • BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports
  • BSBSMB412 Introduce cloud computing into business operations
  • FNSACC311 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
  • FNSACC312 Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
  • FNSACC408 Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry
  • FNSACC416 Set up and operate a computerized accounting system
  • FNSTPB401 Complete business activity and instalment activity statements
  • FNSTPB402 Establish and maintain payroll systems
  • BSBCUS301 Deliver and monitor a service to customers
  • BSBCUS403 Implement customer service standards
  • BSBITU306 Design and produce business documents
  • BSBITU402 Develop and use complex spreadsheets
  • BSBSMB401 Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
  • BSBSMB402 Plan small business finances
  • BSBSMB405 Monitor and manage small business operations
  • BSBWOR501Manage personal work priorities and professional development
  • BSBWRT301 Write simple documents
  • FNSACC313 Perform financial calculations
  • FNSACC405 Maintain inventory records
  • FNSACC407 Produce job costing information
  • FNSACC411 Process business tax requirements
  • FNSACC412 Prepare operational budgets
  • FNSACC413 Make decisions in a legal context
  • FNSACC414 Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities
  • FNSACM401 Evaluate and authorize payment requests
  • FNSORG505 Prepare financial reports to meet statutory requirements
  • FNSORG506 Prepare financial forecasts and projections
  • FNSPAY501 Process salary packaging arrangements and additional allowances in payroll
  • FNSPAY502 Process superannuation payments in payroll
  • FNSPAY503 Process complex employee terminations in payroll
  • FNSPAY504 Interpret and apply knowledge of industrial regulations relevant to payroll
  • FNSPAY505 Interpret and apply knowledge of taxation systems relevant to payroll


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


Take your learning to the next level with a TAFE NSW Applied Commerce study pathway:

  • Advance your existing knowledge with the Diploma of Applied Commerce
  • Master your skills with a TAFE NSW Degree - Bachelor of Applied Commerce

Explore Your Degree Options

On completion of the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping, you will be automatically credited with the subject Foundations of Accounting (ACBUS103A) in your preferred Bachelor of Applied Commerce.

If you choose the Diploma of Applied Commerce as your next step, and successfully graduate you will be eligible to receive one-year advanced-standing in:

Be Recognised

If you already have experience, skills and knowledge that are relevant to your course, you may be able to apply for credit through articulation, credit transfer or recognition of prior learning.


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.