Certificate IV in Accounting & Bookkeeping

Distance & Workshop Mode

Pathway to BAS Agent

Certified Bookkeeper

No Course Entry Requirement


Think Academy of Business and Technology’s nationally recognised Certificate IV in Accounting & Bookkeeping (FNS40217) is an educational qualification requirement as determined in Tax Agent Services Regulations 2009, which sets the professional qualifications and experience required to become a registered BAS agent.

Employers are increasingly looking for candidates who are equipped to meet the challenges of being a successful bookkeeper and  BAS agent and graduate at the leading edge of their field.

This course meets the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) education requirements to become a BAS agent. Experience criteria apply.

Course Outcome

TABT’s Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping (FNS40217) is a nationally recognised qualification, complying with the AQF standard and ASQA standards for Registered Training Organisations.

Successful completion of this qualification will help you to:

  • Be awarded and recognised as holding the most current nationally recognised bookkeeping qualification
  • Be recognised for completing units covering GST and BAS which are required to become a registered BAS agent
  • Become a competent user of MYOB, the most widely known and used accounting software in Australia

Course Outline

It is expected that students will spend 600 hours in learning and related activities if completing on a full-time basis over 12 months students who have extensive industry experience will be expected to complete it in a shorter period

  1. Work in Accounting & Bookkeeping
  2. MYOB Accounting & Bookkeeping Essentials
  3. MYOB Payroll
  4. MYOB Business Taxation
  5. MYOB Financial Reporting
  6. Spreadsheets for Business
  7. Legal Systems and Compliance
  8. Digital Technologies
  9. Professional Development

We have designed our assessment activities in line with best practice standards to help you deliver quality advice outcomes to your clients.

Course Entry Requirement

This is an open entry course with no pre-requisite qualifications. In order for you to successfully complete this qualification, it is strongly recommended that students have a strong grasp of computer/technical skills, MYOB installed on their computer, Microsoft Excel installed on their computer, access to a reliable high quality internet connection and literacy/numeracy skills.   Versions of MYOB are available for both Windows-based computers and Mac-based computers, however it is recommended that students have access to a Windows-based computer and Microsoft Excel, making it easier to follow the Windows-based examples and instructions.

Units Of Competency


FNSACC408 Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry

FNSACC311 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports

FNSACC312 Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers

FNSACC416 Set up and operate a computerised accounting system

FNSTPB402 Establish and maintain payroll systems

FNSTPB401 Complete business activity and instalment activity statements

BSBFIA401 Prepare financial report

BSBITU422 Use digital technologies to collaborate in the workplace


FNSACC411 Process business tax requirements

FNSACC414 Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities

BSBITU402 Develop and use complex spreadsheets

FNSACC413 Make decisions in a legal context

BSBWOR501 Manage personal work priorities and professional development


TABT has carefully structured its Assessments to include a variety of formats which will enhance your understanding:

  • Multiple choice questions
  • Case studies and Short Answer questions
  • Calculation questions
  • Accounting Software simulation questions
  • Role Play

Career Opportunities

This qualification will provide students with the skills required to perform all of the bookkeeping needs of a business. This qualification will provide students with the skills required to perform all of the bookkeeping needs of a business. Students will develop skills that lead to employment in a bookkeeping job role with functions that include:

  • establishing and maintaining manual and computerised accounting systems
  • completing Business Activity Statements (BAS) and other office financial statements
  • developing bookkeeping management systems for organisations
  • general administration

The professional outcomes from this qualification include:

  • Professional bookkeeper
  • Sub-contracting bookkeeper
  • MYOB professional
  • Payroll professional
  • Accounts Payable and Receivable professional
  • BAS Agent (subject to Tax Practitioners Board requirements)
  • Accounts supervisor

Course Duration

Students have 12 months to complete this qualification. This course is a self-paced distance learning training course. We would expect that you will spend at least 15 study hours per week. During this period students shall be reading, conducting research, performing assessments and managing feedback.

It is expected that on average, students will have the following study load to complete this course:



Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the Certificate IV in Accounting & Bookkeeping (FNS40217) qualification by TABT. If a student successfully completes the units of competency, they will receive a Statement of Attainment relating to the units completed.

Distance Learning

At TABT we understand that you have a busy schedule, and we know that many of our potential students simply don’t have the time to attend our classroom workshop training. Our TABT distance learning courses offer the same nationally recognised accreditation that our classroom workshop students enjoy.

Distance education, gives you the flexibility to study at anytime and anywhere (as long as there is internet connection) that suits you. And it is cheaper!

You will have the same access to our best-in –class trainers and coursework from anywhere with an internet connection. At TABT we never differentiate between our distance learning students and our workshop attendees, as a distance learner you will receive the outstanding digital coursework and one-on-one attention that students have come to expect from our programs.


Classroom workshop is conducted by our experienced Facilitators with hands-on industry experience. Our Facilitators are skilled at making the classroom experience interactive, providing real life examples to stimulate interest.

Classroom Workshop attendance is optional but is available to assist in completing assessments, networking & understanding career opportunities.

*All students studying with TABT are regarded as undertaking a course or qualification as distance learning students. Students may also choose to attend optional workshops which are facilitated by a recognised industry expert. The option of attending classroom workshops may be available subject to student demand.

Group Training

TABT provides on-site training for group instruction (minimum 6 staff). Please call us or email us for more information.

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