Planning Your Career in Accounting
If you have come to this page you must have some interest in accounting….
Why are you interested in Accountancy?
That’s great that you have an interest in accountancy – as many people think of accounting as a boring job that just involves working with numbers. Wrong! Well you do work with numbers; but it’s not boring!
That doesn’t mean that accountancy is always a barrel of laughs. It is quite a respected and serious profession. And it needs people who are detail oriented and who like solving problems.
It also has a creative aspect which is why many famous entertainers started with their back-up job being accountancy. That’s right – Mick Jagger was going to be an accountant before fame hit.
Accounting roles also have many forms. While the mobster Al Capone was never able to be charged for his criminal activities, he was eventually jailed for tax invasion based on lots of work by FBI investigative accountants.
Given you are here reading this you already know that accounting offers great job security (when times are tough businesses need an accountant / when times are good they need an accountant..); it pays well (over 30% higher than average earnings according JobOutlook.gov.au); and there are lots of variety available in different job roles (work for the government or a private institution; work at a large company or run your own small firm; manage a company’s expenses or solely do taxes…).
You would also know that there is strong demand for accountants and high job growth forecasts for the future.
So what’s holding you back from starting a career in accounting?
What Else Do You Need to Know About Accounting Studies
Most accountancy roles require a formal qualification. The decision is which one is right for you.
The main career starting point is Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping FNS40217. This is the foundation qualification that progresses your skills from accounts clerical to “proper” accounting.
By comparison, in first year University you learn debits and credits, journals and ledgers and double entry accounting.
You also learn this in a Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping FNS40217*. As well, you get hands on with computerised accounting. This is an important skill given that most workplaces use some form of accounting software. In Certificate IV you will also get to the stage of preparing standard profit and loss statements and balance sheets.
* and can use this qualification as the basis for University entry if that’s you ultimate goal.
So for choice of qualification, Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping is the best option to get job ready accounting skills.
You will also learn if it’s a tax deduction when Little Bo Peep loses her sheep? And that Santa’s accountant values his sleigh using Net Present Value.
All (bad) jokes aside, there is no real reason stopping you taking the important step of enrolling in Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping.
Learn More in our Online Accountancy Certificate IV Course
There are great reasons to consider a career in accountancy.
FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping will give you the hands on skills needed to move into this secure and in demand career.
Benefit from studying online, but in a supported environment. Enrol now or give us a call to talk about your accountancy career goals.
Are You Planning to Register as a BAS Agent?
To register as a BAS Agent, the education requirements consist of the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping and a Board Approved course covering GST/BAS taxation principles.
Although the GST/BAS taxation principles are covered in detail in our Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping qualification, we have not applied for Board approval.
To meet the Board’s requirements, at least 40% of the assessment of the GST/BAS course must be completed under some form of independent supervision i.e. a test (that we do not plan to offer).
To find a training provider that meets the supervision requirement, please refer to www.tpb.gov.au.
If you are planning on becoming a bookkeeper, you do not need to register with the Tax Practitioners Board and as such the supervision requirements do not apply. Our Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping would be the ideal way of kick-starting your new career in this field.