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FNS40222 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

The Bookkeeping course to launch your career

Duration Up to 12 Months
Start Date Anytime - Instant Access
Delivery Online Course
Funding Assistance Available

Begin your bookkeeping and accounting career

The Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping is ideal for anyone looking for a career in the bookkeeping and accounting industry.

  • Suitable for career as a professional bookkeeper, BAS agent or payroll officer.
  • Meets the education requirements of the Tax Practitioners Board for registration to become a BAS agent and Bookkeeper.
  • FNS40222 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping and Accounting is a TPB-approved BAS agent course.

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Over 200 hundred online tutorials are presented by our qualified trainers, with step by step guided instructions.
Complete your studies at a time that fits in with your lifestyle
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$250 initial deposit + 6 monthly payments

Becoming A Bookkeeper

To become a registered Bookkeeper you need to hold a minimum of a Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping and also register with the Tax Practitioners Board.

The Tax Practitioners Board will assess your qualifications and experience to ensure you satisfy the requirements outlined in the Tax Agent Services Regulations 2009 (TASR). More information on this can be found here.

The current requirements include having at least a Certificate IV in Financial Services (bookkeeping or accounting), as well as a board-approved course in GST and BAS taxation principles, plus enough relevant and recent experience within the field.

Applied Education also offers the TPB BAS Agent Skill Set if you already hold a relevant accounting qualification.

Not sure which course is right for you? Completed prior units and may be eligible for credits? Call us on 1800 678 073 for a consultation with a course coordinator or book an enrolment consultation.

  • Bookkeeping Experts

    Training experts since 1999

  • Tax Practitioners Board Approved

    TPB approved for BAS Agent registration

  • Amazing Support

    Expert trainers and passionate support

  • Online Video Tutorials

    Hundreds of tutorials covering key learning concepts

Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

Let's take a look at what you are going to learn and important course information to know before you enrol.

FNS40222 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping comprises 13 units that are studied in the following order:

FNSACC323 Perform financial calculations
BSBTEC302 Design and produce spreadsheets & BSBTEC402 Design and produce complex spreadsheets
FNSACC426 Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
FNSACC321 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
FNSACC418 Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry
FNSACC405 Maintain inventory records
FNSTPB412 Establish and maintain payroll systems*
FNSTPB411 Complete business activity and instalment activity statements*
FNSACC421 Prepare financial reports
FNSACC414 Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities
FNSACC412 Prepare operational budgets
FNSACC322 Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers

*Unit part of the FNSSS00004 BAS Agent Registration Skill Set

NOTE: If you are applying for government funding for this course, you will initially be enrolled in the FNS40217, once the relevant government funding contracts are updated, we will offer transition to FNS40222. For more information on funding options please refer to Funding Section.

Xero Demo Company is included with the course. Xero is used to complete unit FNSACC322.

Xero Training CourseFNS40222 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping 1MYOB Student Edition is included with this course, plus free online MYOB training. MYOB is used to complete units FNSACC321, FNSACC405 and FNSACC414.

Xero Training CourseFNS40222 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping 1The units FNSACC426, FNSTPB411 and FNSTPB412 have course material and assessments in both Xero and MYOB. Students can choose which accounting software they would like to use to complete these units.

On successful completion, you will be awarded the FNS40222 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping which meets the education requirements to become a BAS Agent.

Course Fees and Payment Plans

We understand not everyone has the financial resources upfront to invest in training, so we offer a 6-month payment plan to get you moving faster towards your future for the Cert IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping course

  • An administration fee of $100 is added for this option
  • All you need is a valid credit or debit card
  • Pay a $250 deposit at commencement of course
  • Remainder to be paid over six equal monthly instalments

Concessions on Courses

Concession pricing is available for eligible students as per the Student Handbook. Proof of concession must be provided at the time of enrolment; please contact us to apply for a concession rate when enrolling.

Refund Policy

Refer to the Student Handbook for our refund policy. This course includes a non-refundable administration fee of $250.

You will have up to 12 months to complete the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping course. There is no minimum time frame, students familiar with bookkeeping and accounting concepts may complete the course much faster. 

Tips for completing your Bookkeeping Course in a timeframe really depends on your goals for Bookkeeping.

  • New to Bookkeeping? We include online tutorials that follow the manual, watch these and work through methodically. 

The nominal study and assessment time is 940 hours. However, this is a guide only. As an online course, the time it will take to complete is flexible and dependent on your ability, knowledge and time available. It is important that you choose a pace that suits your needs.

Digital course training manuals (non-printable and non-editable) for the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping are included as part of the course at no additional cost.

The course content is accessed via our online student portal, with additional resources, extra learning materials and classroom recordings also available.

If required, hard copy manuals can be purchased at additional cost of $249 incl postage. Except for units FNSACC426, FNSTPB411 and FNSACC421 which are purchased separately (approx. $220 ex postage) from an external publisher, full details are provided on enrolment.


Your learning journey is about becoming "competent" in the subject matter. Our in-house course writers and assessment team have accounting and bookkeeping experience or are currently working in the industry. With this in mind we try and make the tasks relevant to what you will experience in the real world. The purpose is not to just pass or fail, rather to become competent using these skills which you can then apply in the real world.

As the Certificate IV in Accounting & Bookkeeping is a nationally recognised course, there are some mandatory requirements* that must be completed by all RTO students.


Before starting this course, you will be required to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) questionnaire*. This quick questionnaire is used to determine your LLN skill level so that we can best support you in your studies.

Introductory Requirements & Units

There are two Introductory parts that must completed an Oral Communication Skills Assessment* and a Work Health and Safety Assessment*.

The Unit assessments and examinations are completed using a variety of methods and are submitted via our online student portal. They are open book, from either your home, office or classroom, and comprise theoretical and practical exercises.

Accounting unit assessments use a combination of MYOB and Xero (both are supplied).


Tax Practitioners Board Licensing Course units include an exam component, which needs to be independently supervised. Exams are three-hour, open-book assessments comprising of short answer and multiple choice questions, very similar in format to the unit assessments.

Exams must be completed within your course duration period. Prior to your exam, you will need to complete and return the Supervisor Nomination Form to Applied Education detailing your supervisor's information, contact details and the elected date of your assessment.

Exams can be undertaken at any location and time of your choosing, with the only condition being that you have a nominated, independent supervisor present. Your supervisor can be a person of responsibility such as a registered tax agent, member of an accounting professional body, public servant, doctor, nurse, police officer, director etc. who does not have a close personal or professional relationship with you.

If you cannot arrange a supervisor then we offer the following options for conducting your supervised assessment:

Skype Online - Online supervised exam with one of our staff members
Perth Training Centre - Level 1, 524 Hay St, Perth WA 6000
Melbourne Training Centre - Level 10, 440 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Sydney Training Centre - Level 14, 275 Alfred St, North Sydney NSW 2060
Brisbane Training Centre - Level 1, 241 Adelaide St, Brisbane QLD 4000
Adelaide Training Centre - Level 3, 97 Pirie St, Adelaide SA 5000

If you require supervision of assessments by Applied Education, additional costs may apply. Refer to Student Handbook.

FNS40222 Online study is a convenient, effective and affordable way to learn when and where you want.

We provide you with the following:

  • Quality materials
  • Videos and webinars
  • Amazing Support from our assessors and student support team
  • Online assessments and exams
  • Student Facebook group

The FNS40222 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping has been developed to give you flexibility so that you can study at your own pace, in your own time and in your own environment. The best part is, with Applied Education we provide a high level of support for all our students and are here with you in your study journey.

Recognised Prior Learning

Do you already have bookkeeping skills or experience? Put your skills and knowledge towards your formal Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping qualification. With this option you will put together a portfolio of your work to demonstrate a good understanding of the learning outcomes in the course. The portfolio will contain files such as payroll and BAS information, along with letters and reports that you currently use on a day to day basis.

  • Full list of evidence criteria
  • Detailed templates
  • Checklists

You will still be able to access all of the resources available to online self-paced students.

We find that for many students, RPL is a more complex process than completing the self paced study and doing the activities which is more straight forward process than RPL, unless you have sound experience in all the units of study and are able to provide a portfolio of evidence.

To complete all units in this course, you will need:

  • A reliable internet connection as all data files and learning activities are available via our student platform.
  • A computer with a Microsoft Windows operating system.#
  • Microsoft Word and Excel.

We will provide links and instructions to access MYOB Student Edition Software and Xero Demo Company.

# Mac Users, Tablets and MYOB
MYOB software cannot be downloaded to tablets including Chromebooks and since 2020, MYOB is not compatible with Apple’s operating system.

If you only have access to a Mac computer, we recommend you first contact Apple to confirm if the following options are feasible on your computer:

  • purchase and install on your mac a windows emulator such as "parallels" to run windows on a Mac at your own cost; or
  • use the free inbuilt Mac Boot Camp Assistant on your Mac computer and purchase a Windows OS software licence.

Note: Applied Education and MYOB are unable to support issues relating to a Mac computer.

Many of the units in the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping are prerequisites for the Diploma of Accounting. Applied Education is focused on the pathway from the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping to the Advanced Diploma of Accounting (which is the entry requirement of the Institute of Public Accountants).

The Cert IV Bookkeeping and Accounting Course Online can open doors to many different careers in business and finance.

  • Registered BAS Agent
  • Company Bookkeeper
  • Freelance Bookkeeper
  • Small Business Owner
  • Finance Manager
  • Payroll Officer
  • Accounts Receivable and Accounting Payable Officer
  • Bank Officer
  • Settlement Clerk
  • Accounts Financial Officer

The FNS40222 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping is ideal for anyone looking to enter into the bookkeeping or accounting industries, and is also a TPB-approved BAS agent course.

It is the perfect preparation for anyone seeking a career as a professional bookkeeper, BAS agent or payroll officer. The course meets the education requirements of the Tax Practitioners Board for registration as a BAS agent, and covers topics such as:

  • Managing day to day bookkeeping function such as accounts payable and receivable
  • Completing the Business Activity Statements (BAS) and other obligations such as Superannuation and Payroll
  • Basic Management and Operational reporting such as Profit & Loss, Balance Sheets and Trial Balance
  • Proficient use of Accounting Software including MYOB and Xero from setup to trial balance

View our huge collection of tutorials presented by our qualified trainers covering key learning concepts.

Government Funding Options

FNS40222 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping 3FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping is an approved course for funding in South Australia. To check if you are eligible, please click here.

FNS40222 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping 4Students in Queensland may be eligible to apply for government funding. Note there are strict eligibility requirements and additional student activities required. More information can be found here

Jobs and Skills WA traineeship coursesStudents in Western Australia may be eligible to apply for Traineeship funding. Note there are strict eligibility requirements and additional student activities required. More information can be found here

Australian Government Older Workers Initiative

The Australian Government, through its Skills and Training Incentive, is providing a 50% co-contribution (up to $2,000 ex GST) towards training to support older Australians with reskilling or upskilling in order to remain in the workforce longer.

You are eligible for the Incentive if you:

  • are over 40 years of age
  • are an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • are currently employed OR recently unemployed (less than 12 months) and not registered with an Australian Government employment services provider

Find out more about the Program can be found here.

Funding for people aged over 40

Free Short Course Bundles Included

Choose 1 FREE Fundamentals bundle or 2 for $295, or all 3 for $495 when you enrol.
Perfect to meet CPE/CPD requirements and upskill.


5 Online Courses
Excel Introductory & Intermediate
Word Introductory & Intermediate
Microsoft Outlook

(Bundle value $495)

Xero & MYOB
Fundamentals (Popular)

3 Online Courses
Certificate in Xero Accounting
Certificate in Xero Payroll
Certificate in MYOB Bookkeeping

(Bundle value $685)


4 Online Courses
Payroll Administration
Salary Packaging

(Bundle value $695)

* If you are applying for funding for this course, there may be restrictions on Free Bundles depending on government funding eligibility requirements.

You'll also receive:

Online Tutorials

All new 2021 Course with detailed video tutorials presented by our qualified trainers covering key learning concepts.


Student Membership

Receive a 24-month student membership to the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (RRP $120).

ICB Membership Students

Student Support - The Applied Education Difference

  • Amazing Support

    Every student receives help getting started
    and can book a welcome call

  • Online Support

    Dedicated Support Team and Ticket Lodgement

  • Facebook & Student Forums

    Dedicated Facebook Study Group and Online Forums

  • Phone Support

    Talk to Assessors & Student Services Team

Accreditation & Industry Partners

As a Registered Training Organisation (ID 52240), we comply with the government’s strict quality and consistency standards. We conduct regular audits to ensure we keep this accreditation and deliver the level of training you deserve.

Nationally Recognised Training - FNS40222 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping is recognised in all states and territories of Australia.

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