Bookkeeping Certificate IV FNS40215

BECOME A REGISTERED BAS AGENT AND BOOKKEEPER

Certificate IV in Bookkeeping is the qualification most suited for becoming a Registered BAS Agent and Bookkeeper. It will give you the industry background and regulatory knowledge, as well as practical skills in preparing financial statements and BAS returns. It meets the Tax Practitioner Board education requirements for BAS Agent registration.

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The Certificate IV in Bookkeeping program ensures that graduates from this program have a clear understanding of their licensing requirements to be registered as a BAS Agent. Using proven, easy to understand course materials, written and tested by our industry experts, this program ensures the learning outcomes are focused on practical activities and case studies relevant to a career as a bookkeeper and BAS Agent. Our Student Advisers are skilled at transferring their accounting and tax knowledge in an easy and understandable way, making your online course experience a positive one.

Subject Choices
offered under the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

  • Bookkeeping Policies and Practices

    The different roles of a Bookkeeper, Accountant, and BAS Agent are explained along with a review of relevant legislation, the applicable regulatory bodies, and standards and ethics. This subject also looks at good practices to help clients understand different business structures and how to offer a professional service.

    • Unit(s):
    • FNSBKG401 Develop and implement policies and procedures relevant to bookkeeping activities

  • Financial Accounts

    Accounts administration tasks addressed in this subject include accepting and banking cash payments, receipting cheques, processing card transactions, and applying discounts and billing adjustments. Goods and Services Tax is a key topic, as is reconciling customer account balances.

    • Unit(s):
    • FNSACM302 Prepare, match and process receipts

  • Petty Cash

    Learn how to carry out key financial functions such as calculating GST, interest and depreciation. You will also get to practice finding errors, and as a result understand how to avoid them. Setting up and maintaining a petty cash system is also covered in this very practical module.

    • Unit(s):
    • FNSACC303 Perform financial calculations

  • Journals and Ledgers

    Entering financial information into journals and updating the general ledger is a very important concept to understand. This module is an introduction to double entry accounting and focuses on how to apply a debit and credit, balance your ledgers and prepare a trial balance.

    • Unit(s):
    • FNSACC301 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports

  • Accounts Receivable

    Understand the account administration steps involved in managing debtors (accounts receivable) from the initial sale through to updating the relevant journal and subsidiary ledgers for payments received. Learn and practice the techniques to contact outstanding debtors and manage overdue and outstanding debtors.

    • Unit(s):
    • FNSACC302 Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers

  • Financial Statements

    Upon completion of this very practical module, you will be able to prepare profit and loss statements and balance sheets in line with reporting obligations and regulations. You will be given step by step guidance on how to record end of period of adjustments, apply depreciation, close journal entries and produce trial balances.

    • Unit(s):
    • BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports

    • FNSACC404 Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities

  • Creating Business Documents

    Learn the word processing skills needed to create key financial documents such as invoices, accounts receivable follow ups and client letters. You will develop style guides, apply basic formatting, learn how to manipulate text, use tables and carry out mail merges.

    • Unit(s):
    • BSBITU306 Design and produce business documents

  • Business Tax

    This subject provides an overview of Australia's taxation system and covers important concepts such as the Tax File Number System, Pay as You Go (PAYG), GST, payroll tax, fringe benefits tax and capital gains tax. The practical component will provide you with lots of experience in completing several Business Activity Statements for a range of different types of businesses.

    • Unit(s):
    • FNSBKG404 Carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasks

  • Accountright with MYOB

    To gain first-hand experience of a computerised accounting system, you will be provided with access to MYOB software where you will learn basic functions such as processing invoices, maintaining customer and supplier information and generating financial reports. You will also be required to create a chart of accounts and keep track of inventory. The module contains tips and shortcuts that will help you to increase your efficiency overall.

    • Unit(s):
    • FNSACC406 Set up and operate a computerised accounting system

    • FNSBKG402 Establish and maintain a cash accounting system

  • AccountRight Payroll

    Processing and maintaining payroll requires a thorough understanding of the vast array of legislation that underpins the process itself. In this module, you will not only will learn how to calculate minimum rates of pay, penalty rate loadings, overtime, sick and annual leave, but you will also get to set up, maintain and process pays through a payroll system using MYOB.

    • Unit(s):
    • FNSBKG405 Establish and maintain a payroll system

  • Professional Conduct in Finance

    To build a successful career in the financial services industry you need a range of skills and knowledge . This subject covers skills to work effectively in a team, manage your time, apply specific legislation that affects your role, to identifying how your organisation can be more sustainable. You will develop your own professional development plan to ensure that you continue to progress in your chosen field in financial services.

    • Unit(s):
    • FNSINC401 Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry

Course Fees

Quality Education at a Fair Price

$

1,980

* - $

4,400



Course Duration

12 months is allowed as the standard part time enrolment term for the Certificate IV online TAFE level course in Bookkeeping.

Students who are able to commit more time to their course can finish earlier; while Traineeship terms may be longer.

Entry Requirements

for the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

  • Reading and Writing Skills
    The Certificate IV in Bookkeeping is an on-line correspondence course so you need to have average English reading and writing skills, or higher. As a guide - you should have completed Year 12 schooling, or have sound workplace written communication skills.
  • Spoken English Skills
    Some components of this course have practical components where students will be required to demonstrate verbal communication skills as part of their assessments. Average English skills are necessary to complete these components successfully.
  • Numeracy Skills
    Numeracy skills are required at an average level or higher eg completion of Year 12 maths and the ability to use a calculator and include understanding of fractions and percentages and knowing when and how to perform multistep calculations.
  • Computer and Internet
    • Access to a Desktop Computer or Laptop
    • Internet access with Internet Explorer 8+, Chrome or Firefox
    • Microsoft Office 2010 Word and Subject specific Office products for chosen electives (ie Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher)
  • Other
    • Ability to study and conduct assessments in a safe environment

Career Possibilities

Course Reviews

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  • “ The staff were so helpful when i got stuck & encouraged me the whole way.
    It was this qualification that got me in the door of the largest accounting firm in the northern rivers of NSW. I have been with them for 6 months & recently finished my probation and have gained permanency. ” Janene H

What Experience and Qualifications are Needed for BAS Registration
Is Bookkeeping The Qualification That I Need?

What Does Bookkeeping mean?

Bookkeeping is the process of updating and managing a business’s financial records.

The role sits somewhere between an accounts clerical role and an accountant (in terms of job activities).

For example an accounts clerical role might involve paying and recording the bills paid, issuing and recording customer invoices, updating customer payment details and looking after petty cash and banking.

The bookkeeping tasks then follow: posting those transactions to the relevant income and expense accounts; ensuring GST is accounted correctly and working out details for Business Activity Statements. Many also undertake payroll functions and tax remittance for PAYG.

Many accounts clerical roles include aspects of bookkeeping through the use of computerised accounting software that handles some of the posting and calculations. A bookkeeper should however understand what an accounting package is doing, and be able to set one up that meets the needs of a business, and ensures that it complies with tax rules.

The role of an accountant would be to prepare financial statements by for example working out end of period adjustments, ensuring non-financial aspects like depreciation is accounted for; and preparing income tax returns. Many accountants then have a role in analysis of business financial performance.

The Difference Between a Bookkeeper and an Accountant

Many job roles cross over. The main distinction now evolving is the concept that the Bookkeeping qualification best suits those running their own bookkeeping business or working for a bookkeeping business. Whereas the Accounting qualification would best suit those working within a business undertaking bookkeeping and accounting duties.

This distinction is mainly due to the way the government determined Registered BAS Agent status.

BAS Agent Registration Requirements

Bookkeepers must be registered with the government to provide “BAS services” on behalf of clients. BAS services include completing activity statements. A full list is available at the Tax Practitioners Board.

Registration requires a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping or Accounting and an approved GST / BAS course (which is part of the ACCM Certificate IV in Bookkeeping course).

Note that special rules apply if you are seeking the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping by RPL and plan to use the qualification for BAS Agent registration. Please ensure you discuss this request with us before enrolling.

Registered BAS Agents also need relevant 1000 – 1400 hours of relevant experience. Most work in preparing the books and records of a business for the purposes of that business completing their BAS obligations, including their pay as you go (PAYG) withholding and instalment obligations, will be considered to be relevant experience for the purposes of registration as a BAS agent. You could also work under the supervision of a Registered BAS Agent to begin with.

Ways To Obtain BAS Services Experience

By being a member of a recognised BAS association – you will reduce the number of hours needed to 1000.

Recognised associations include:

Association of Accounting Technicians

Institute of Certified Bookkeepers 

That still means a lot of hours needed…

Many bookkeepers start their career working within a business. As they work for a business, they don’t need to be registered as a BAS Agent to undertake that businesses BAS activities. So this can count. Have your workplace supervisor complete the required form outlining the range of experience and hours.  If your workplace supervisor isn’t themselves a Registered BAS Agent, the onus is on you to prove the relevance of your work in your application form.

Another way to gain the experience and build your clients is to contact existing accounting and bookkeeping practices to see if they need assistance. They can supervise and confirm your hours and range of BAS work undertaken. Some associations offer ways for you to contact members who may be able to assist with work and supervision.

Another option is to contact charities and schools and other bodies that can always do with help. They may appreciate the volunteer work you can offer, and be in a position to verify your involvement in BAS work.

Remember though, unless your work was supervised by a Registered Tax or BAS Agent, the onus is on you to prove that the experience was relevant (and didn’t break rules about providing BAS services when not registered). Go to the Tax Practitioners Board for the rules. 

Get the Right Qualification with our Online Bookkeeping Course

There are great reasons to consider a career in bookkeeping.

FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping will give you the qualification needed to enter into this in demand career.

Benefit from studying online, but in a supported environment. Enrol now or give us a call to talk about your career goals.

About BAS Agent Registration Using this Qualification

To become a registered BAS agent, individual applicants must satisfy certain qualifications and experience requirements, which are set out in the Tax Agent Services Regulations 2009 (TASR).

This qualification meets the educational requirement.

The units of competency: FNSBKG404 Carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasks and FNSBKG405  Establish and maintain a payroll system meet the GST/BAS taxation principles course requirements. These can be chosen in this qualification.

TPB

Note that students who wish to complete the required course in basic GST/BAS taxation principles through a process of recognition of prior learning (RPL) must demonstrate to the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) that the course meets the TPB’s RPL requirements.

This means that the student must have an additional process included in their RPL assessment for units FNSBKG404 and FNSBKG405:

  • Sit down challenge test conducted under independent supervision
  • Formal examination conducted under independent supervision
  • Formal assessment conducted under independent supervision.

These requirements exclude take home or open book exams. The College will then provide a form that can be given in support of registration. Fees will apply to arrange and conduct this exam. A quotation will be provided where this service is requested, based on the circumstances including student location....

 

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