About This Course
This qualification reflects the role of individuals in the accounting and bookkeeping industry, including business activity statement (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, data processing, monthly reconciliations, preparing budgets, preparing reports on financial performance and the position of the business, preparing end-of-year adjustments, and finalising financial records after year-end. Dealing with the Commissioner of Taxation on behalf of a taxpayer in relation to activity statements and other lodgement matters is also a key component of the role that this qualification reflects. Individuals in these roles apply theoretical and specialist skills and knowledge to work autonomously, and exercise judgement in completing routine and non-routine activities.
Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification considerations
Work functions in the occupational areas where this qualification may be used are subject to regulatory requirements. Refer to the relevant regulator for specific guidance on requirements.
Persons providing a BAS service for a fee or other reward must be registered by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) and this qualification is currently cited as meeting the TPB education requirements for registration as a BAS agent. Other requirements apply, including a designated period of experience. Persons seeking BAS agent registration should check current registration requirements with the TPB, as registration requirements are reviewed regularly.
Ten (10) core units and three (3) elective units are required for the award of the FNS40222 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping. Units have been selected in accordance with the packaging rules and are relevant to the work outcome, local industry requirements and qualification level.
The latest release of the qualification and packaging rules can be found at the following link:
|FNSACC421||Prepare financial reports||Core|
|BSBTEC302||Design and produce spreadsheets||Core|
|FNSACC322||Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers||Core|
|FNSACC412||Prepare operational budgets||Core|
|FNSTPB411||Complete business activity and instalment activity statements||Core|
|FNSACC426||Set up and operate a computerised accounting system||Core|
|FNSACC414||Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities||Core|
|FNSTPB412||Establish and maintain payroll systems||Core|
|FNSACC418||Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry||Core|
|FNSACC321||Process financial transactions and extract interim reports||Core|
|BSBTEC301||Design and produce business documents||Elective|
|FNSACC323||Perform financial calculations||Elective|
|BSBWRT311||Write simple documents||Elective|
Australian Training School trading as Southern Academy of Business and Technology
RTO Code: 31595
CRICOS Provider Code: 03602E
Southern Academy of Business and Technology has the following entry requirements:
International students must:
- Be at least 18 years** of age and have completed the equivalent of Year 12.
- Participate in a course entry interview to determine suitability for the course and student needs.
- Have an IELTS* score of 5.5 (test results must be no more than 2 years old). English language competence can also be demonstrated through documented evidence of any of the following:
- Educated for 5 years in an English-speaking country; or
- Completed at least 6 months of a Certificate IV level course in an Australian RTO; or
- Successful completion of an English Placement Test
*Note that other English language tests such as PTE and TOEFL can be accepted. Students are required to provide their results so that it can be confirmed they are equivalent to IELTS 5.5.
**Southern Academy of Business and Technology may admit an international student who will be under the age of 18 years when they commence their course and who intends to study on a student visa, where the student:
- Meets other admission requirements;
- Is of at least 17 years of age; and
- Will live in Australia until they turn 18 either:
- With their parent or legal custodian;
- With a suitable relative whom the parent or legal custodian nominates; or
- Under an accommodation and welfare arrangement, the college approves.
Southern Academy of Business and Technology will only approve accommodation and welfare arrangements that comply with the requirements for protecting the personal safety and social wellbeing of students specified in Standard 5 of the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.
This qualification will be delivered over 52 weeks, including 40 weeks of training and assessment spread over 4 terms of 10 weeks each and 12 weeks of holidays.
This program is delivered in the classroom and through structured self-study
Delivery site includes:
Sydney Campus: 95 Bathurst Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Adelaide Campus: 97 Pirie St, Adelaide, SA 5000
Target groups for the FNS40222 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping are international students who are:
- Seeking to pursue a career in accounting.
- Seeking to enter a new industry sector.
- Seeking a pathway to higher-level qualifications.
Characteristics of the target group are as follows:
Students will be from a range of countries and may be living in Australia for the first time or may have been here in the recent or more distant past.
Many will speak English as a second language, although an entry level has been set to ensure students are able to complete course work.
Students are expected to typically fall into the age range of 18 – 35 as people still establishing or changing careers.
Credit and/or RPL can be provided for those with existing skills and knowledge allowing such students to complete the course in a shorter timeframe.
Students who complete this course may be able to seek employment as:
- BAS agent
- Bookkeeping and small practice accounting
- Assistant accountant
- Accounts officer/clerk
- Payroll officer/clerk
- Accounts receivable credit/controller
- Financial controller (small to medium businesses)
- Taxation officer
- Treasury officer
- Procurement officer
Potential employment options are entry level accounting roles across a range of industries.
Students who complete this course may wish to continue their education into FNS50222 Diploma of Accounting or into a range of other Diploma level qualifications.
Note that for international student’s satisfactory course progress is required in order to meet visa requirements. More information can be found in the International Student Handbook that also includes information on the specific support that is available to international students. Students who are identified as being at risk of not meeting course progress requirements will be provided with additional support as recorded in an intervention strategy.
Upon acceptance of a student’s application for enrolment, a letter of offer, as well as a written agreement and tax invoice for remaining fees, will be forwarded to students. Students must read through all provided information as it will provide all necessary information about the course of study. A Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) letter will be issued once the signed acceptance of the offer and written agreement are received. The first day of each course will include orientation and induction. Orientation will include information about the campus, living in Australia, accessing our support services and methods for achieving success throughout the course, including course progress requirements.
This course outline should be read in conjunction with Southern Academy of Business and Technology Student Handbook.
The qualification is delivered over 52 weeks comprising of:
- Four (4) terms of 10 weeks each (40 weeks total).
- Holiday breaks amounting to 12 weeks (as specified in the timetable)
Students are required to attend 13.5 hours of classroom training per week and complete structured self-study of 6.5 hours per week.
Homework is expected to be approximately 5 hours a week.
The training and assessment schedule shows the weeks during which training is delivered and assessment conducted for each unit.
The total amount of training provided being structured classroom sessions is 317.25 hours and for structured self-study is 260 hours. Time scheduled for assessment in class is 222.75 hours. Homework which is unsupervised and may include research for assessments and general reading is expected to be on average 5 hours a week.
Total delivery and assessment hours therefore amount to 800 hours and the volume of learning (i.e., including unsupervised learning of homework) is 1,000 hours. A detailed breakdown of hours is provided in the Training and Assessment Schedule.
Southern Academy of Business and Technology operates a system of rolling enrolments meaning that students may commence at the beginning of any unit. Students may enter the qualification after any unit, as there are no pre-requisites for any units. The Training and Assessment Schedule is shown in terms, and this represents the scheduling of units on commencement. However, depending on when a student joins the course, the term number will vary.
Assessment will occur through a variety of methods, including projects incorporating role-plays, case studies, observations, and short answer questions.
Assessment conditions will ensure a simulated workplace environment for classroom-based assessment.
- Reflect real life work tasks.
- Are required to be performed within industry standard timeframes as specified by assessors in relation to each task.
- Are assessed using assessment criteria that relate to the quality of work expected by the industry.
- Are performed to industry safety requirements as relevant.
- Utilise authentic workplace documentation.
- Require students to work with others as part of a team.
- Require students to plan and prioritise competing work tasks.
- Involve the use of standard, workplace equipment such as computers and software.
- Ensure that students are required to consider workplace constraints such as time and budgets.
Southern Academy of Business and Technology provides learning and welfare support to ensure a supported and successful learning environment for all students. Support arrangements are detailed in the Student Support Policy and Associated Procedures and details of all student support services are included in the Student Handbook and provided to students at orientation. Students’ course progress is monitored throughout the course as per our Course Progress and Attendance Policy and Associated Procedures.
Students may apply for recognition of existing qualifications or skills, knowledge, and experience (credit transfer or recognition of prior learning). The granting of course credit may affect course fees, as well as the duration of the course.
This process is outlined in Southern Academy of Business and Technology Student Enrolment and Completion Policy and Associated Procedures and Training and Assessment Policy & Associated Procedures.
To enroll into this course an enrolment form must be completed. which can be emailed or posted to students or downloaded from our website. The enrolment form should be completed and then sent to us along with all of the required documentation. For more information about our selection and enrolment processes, contact us at the details provided.
Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping