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FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

This qualification is designed to reflect the job roles of contract bookkeepers and employees performing bookkeeping tasks for organisations in a range of industries.

It includes the preparation and lodgement of business and instalment activity statement tasks and the provision of advice or dealing with the Commissioner on behalf of a taxpayer in relation to the activity statements. Individuals in these roles apply theoretical and specialist knowledge and skills to work autonomously and exercise judgement in completing routine and non-routine activities.

Participants may include those that aspire to , or work in any Industry as

* Bookkeepers
* Employees undertaking Bookkeeping duties.

Bookkeepers may be contracted and employed in a range of Industries.



Candidates have a total of 2 years to complete the Certificate IV, however, based on a study commitment of 15 to 20 hours a week, candidates are able to complete this in 12 months.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.


A possible training pathway for a student completing this qualification could be the following:

* FNS50215 Diploma of Accounting
* BSB50215 Diploma of Business

These qualifications represent a logical pathway regardless of whether the RTO offers the qualifications.

After achieving the FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping, candidates may pathway to the Diploma of Accounting (FNS50215) or undertake a qualification in a specialist area within the BSB Business Services Training Package such as administration, management or human resources at Diploma level.

‘Course Credits’ may be gained for further study on completion of this qualification.

Job roles

Job roles associated with this qualification relate to the delivery of training and assessment of competence within the VET sector.

Employment outcomes may include the following role/s:

* Bookkeeper within any Industry area.

Course Content

13 units are required for award of this qualification including:

* Six (6) are core units
* Seven (7) are elective units

On successful completion of the following 13 units you will have attained the FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping.

The following tables outline the Units of Competencies and FMedge subjects available for this Qualification.

Unit Code Unit Title Core /Elective
 FNSINC401  Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry  Core
 FNSBKG404  Carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasks  Core
 BSBITU306  Design and produce business documents  Core
 FNSBKG401 Develop and implement policies and procedures relevant to bookkeeping activities  Core
 FNSBKG405 Establish and maintain a payroll system  Core
 BSBFIA401  Prepare financial reports  Core
 BSBITU402  Develop and use complex spreadsheets  Elective
 FNSBKG402  Establish and maintain a cash accounting system  Elective
 FNSBKG403  Establish and maintain an accrual accounting system  Elective
 BSBSMB402  Plan small business finances  Elective
 BSBSMB405  Monitor and manage small business operations  Elective
 FNSACC301  Process financial transactions and extract interim reports  Elective
 BSBWRT301  Write simple documents  Elective

Please Note: The elective units of competency have been selected by FMedge following industry consultation and are offered in the standard delivery of this course by FMedge. Candidates who have attained competency in alternate units may be eligible to substitute those units for Credit transfer/RPL or RCC in accordance with the training package rules for the FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping. Where this course is offered for our corporate clients and subject to the training packaging rules alternate electives may be substituted to provide customisation to their specific requirements.


Upon successful completion of the required 13 units, you will be awarded FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping.

Delivery Methods

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Programs can also be designed to meet your timeframe and the specific needs of your personal circumstances, your organisation and market sector.

Please contact us to discuss your organisation’s specific training needs and preferred delivery method (Online, classroom based or a blended approach).

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