FNS40217 ​Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping


his qualification reflects the job roles of workers in the accounting industry, including BAS Agents and contract bookkeepers; and of those employees performing bookkeeping tasks for organisations in a range of industries. It includes preparing and lodging business and instalment activity statements, and providing advice or dealing with the Commissioner on behalf of a taxpayer in relation to 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. 

Course Detail

Total number of units of competency = 13
  • 8 core units plus
  • 5 elective units
The elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment, and contribute to a valid industry-supported vocational outcome, and are to be chosen as follows:
  • all 5 units may be chosen from the elective units listed below
  • up to 2 units may be from a Certificate III, Certificate IV or Diploma in any currently endorsed training package or accredited course, provided they do not duplicate the outcome of another unit chosen for the qualification.
Source: http://training.gov.au/Training/Details/FNS40217 

Core Units

8 Core Units  
BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports
BSBSMB412Introduce cloud computing into business operations
FNSACC311 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
FNSACC312 Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
FNSACC408 Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry
FNSACC416 Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
FNSTPB401 Complete business activity and instalment activity statements *
FNSTPB402 Establish and maintain payroll systems *
These units are required for the BAS Agent Registration Skill Set
5 Elective Units
BSBCUS301 Deliver and monitor a service to customers
BSBWOR501 Manage personal work priorities and professional development
FNSACC313 Perform financial calculations
FNSACC412 Prepare operational budgets
FNSACC414 Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities

Delivery Strategy

  • ​Face to face
  • Online
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (for experienced leaders and managers who have evidence to support their current competence in the relevant units of competency which comprise the qualification).
  • Blended (using a combination of the modes described).
​​This qualification is to be delivered over a 12 to 24 month period via classroom learning, eLearning or Blended learning (combination of classroom and eLearning).
Total hours of self-directed learning may vary relative to the units selected by the learner, mode of delivery and prior knowledge of the learner. Any combination will equate to approximately 640 hours.
If credits apply the students will be exempt from participating in the unit’s which will impact the duration of the course. 

Course Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements into the  Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

​Baker Ebert Course Admission Requirements:
Prospective students must be:

  • 18 years or over
  • All interested students will undertake a pre-training review. This process allows Baker Ebert to confirm that the course meets the student’s needs and aspirations as well as identifying any learning support requirements and a student’s digital literacy capabilities.

Training Venues

Training venues will be confirmed with students at the time of enrolment.

Employment Pathways

​​After successful completion of FNS40217 Certificate IV Accounting and Bookkeeping learners can continue their study as follows:

  • FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting

Employment Pathway

  • Payroll Officer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Officer

Assessments and Award

Assessment includes:

  • Written questions
  • Case study
  • Project
  • Observation (Workplace/Simulated Workplace)

To be eligible for the award of the FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping learners must successfully complete a total of  13 units listed in this document. Credits may apply.

 A Statement of Attainment will be issued for any unit of competency completed and deemed competent if the full qualification is not completed. 

Recognition Process

Credit Transfer
If a certificate or statement of results is produced and verified, a credit transfer process will be initiated by Baker Ebert in relation to the units as per the training plan.
Credit transfer is a process that provides students with agreed and consistent credit outcomes for components of a qualification based on identified equivalence in content and learning outcomes between matched or equivalent units of competency.”  (Source: AQF)

​Recognition of Prior Learning:

An assessment process that assesses an individual’s non-formal and informal learning to determine the extent to which that individual has achieved the required learning outcomes, competency outcomes, or standards for entry to, and/or partial or total completion of, a qualification (Source: AQF)
If recognition applies the student’s overall duration will alter and a schedule of exemptions will be provided.

Target Clients

Target Group 1
This qualification target group for this qualification is for individuals looking for a career in the bookkeeping and accounting industry as a professional bookkeeper, BAS agent or payroll officer.
Target Group 2
This qualification is also suitable for those who run their own bookkeeping business from home and wish to extend their client base.  Successful completion of this qualification will ensure that they meet the education requirements for the Tax Practitioners Board for registration to become a BAS agent and Bookkeeper.

Fees & charges



Delivery Locations

  • Springvale
  • Geelong
  • Campbellfield
  • Dandenong
  • Diamond Creek