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Basic Accountancy Principles Course

Tax Agent Registration Course – For Graduates of Other Disciplines

An alternative pathway to becoming a registered tax agent in Australia

Want to become a tax agent but don’t have a diploma or degree in accounting?

If you hold Tertiary qualifications in law or another discipline other than accounting there is an alternative pathway available to be become registered as a tax agent. Rather than doing an entire Diploma (or higher) of Accounting you are able to complete the units shown in the table below.

Pathway for holders of a Law Degree / Qualification

If you have a law degree you will need to complete our courses in:

Basic Accounting Principles approved by the board

  • FNSACC421 Prepare financial reports
  • FNSACC414 Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities

Australian Taxation Law

  • AETL001 - Individual Taxation
  • AETL002 - Taxation of Legal Entities
Pathway for Law

Pathway for other disciplines

If you have a degree in a discipline other than law and accounting you will need to complete our courses in:

Basic Accounting Principles approved by the board

FNSACC421 Prepare financial reports and FNSACC414 Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities

Australian Taxation Law

  • AETL001 - Individual Taxation
  • AETL002 - Taxation of Legal Entities

Commercial Law

  • AECL001 - Corporations and Trusts Law
  • AECL002 - Property Law
  • AECL003 - Contract and Consumer Law
Pathway for other disciplines

Course in Basic Accountancy Principles
approved by the board

Australian Taxation Law
FNSSS00008 Tax Law for Tax Agents Skill Set
(Tax Documentation)

This course provides you with a detailed understanding of the concepts and application of Australian Tax Law.

Commercial Law
FNSSS00005 Commercial Law for Tax Agents Skill Set

Course in Basic Accountancy Principles

The TPB tax agent certification course consists of 5 units of study

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. However to become a registered tax agent you will need to meet all the education requirements of the Tax Practitioners Board and other requirements.

Upfront Payment

Basic Accounting Principles – $645 total for both units FNSACC421 & FNSACC414.

Discounts available if purchasing with other tax agent courses.

Payment Plans

We understand not everyone has the financial resources upfront to invest in training, so we offer payment plans to get you moving faster towards your future. The Tax Agent Registration Course is eligible for a 6-month payment plan.

  • An administration fee of $100 is added for this option
  • A $250 deposit is processed at the commencement of course
  • Remainder is paid over 6 equal monthly instalments
  • All you need is a valid credit card

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.

Each unit of study may take up to 120 hours of study and assessment time.

Students will have up to 12 months to complete the course.

Tax Agent units require the purchase of textbooks. A link will be provided for you to order these directly from the publisher, with discounts available to Applied Education students.

For Basic Accounting Principles, course training manuals are supplied in digital non-printable format. A hard copy version for FNSACC414 can be purchased through the student platform when you have enrolled.

We also supply additional learning material including:

  • Course Presentation Slides
  • Summary Notes
  • Resources and Publications, where applicable
  • Video tutorials covering key learning concepts are available for Basic Accountant Principles, AECL001 Corporations and Trusts Law and AECL003 Contract and Consumer Law.


Before starting, 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.

Modules & Units

The Introductory Modules include a 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 online via our student portal. They are conducted open book from either your home or office, and comprise theoretical and practical exercises.


All Tax Practitioners Board Approved 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:

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 27, 101 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Sydney Training Centre - Level 26, 44 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000
Brisbane Training Centre - Level 19, 10 Eagle St, Brisbane QLD 4000

These units are completed through Online study. This 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 course 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.

You will need Microsoft Office word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.

Internet access – a reliable internet connection is required. All data files and learning activities are available via our student platform.

These units of study form the education component of a Tax Agent Registration Application.

  • Accounting Experts

    Training experts since 1999

  • Tax Practitioners Board Approved

    TPB approved for BAS Agent registration

  • Amazing Support

    Expert trainers and passionate support

  • Tax and Super Australia

    Developed in consultation with industry partner Tax & Super Australia

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 - The Basic Accounting Principles course is recognised in all states and territories of Australia.

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