FNS40215 - Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

An expert in bookkeeping? You deserve recognition.

Preparing financial reports, designing business documents, and establishing and maintaining a payroll system as a Bookkeeper, you've probably already mastered the skills required to achieve formal recognition.

This qualification offers career advantages in certification, employment prospects, and entry to the field of Bookkeeping, emphasizing skills like maintaining cash or accrual accounting systems, processing financial transactions, and setting up computerised accounting systems.

Take account of your expertise in Bookkeeping to build your career's financial future.

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Yes. All of our qualifications are issued by RTOs which have been approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver nationally recognised qualifications that meet national quality assurance requirements. This means that they are recognised by industry and educational institutions in all Australian states and territories as conforming to the required competency standards.

Yes. Because all of our qualifications are issued by reputable RTOs and contain the nationally recognised training logo, they each verify that a candidate has met the Units of Competency required to work in their industry occupation. These qualifications do not indicate how you have obtained the qualification (i.e. through RPL), and are exactly the same as a qualification received from a training provider through any other means.

Get Qualified Australia allows you up 3 months to complete the RPL process, however the actual duration is dependent on the length of time it takes you to provide your evidence. While this is generally 4 weeks, the quicker you submit your evidence, the sooner the process will be completed.

Once all the required evidence has been submitted and your evidence has been assessed, the RTO will then review and issue your qualification within 2-4 weeks, provided that no further evidence is required. This makes it possible for you to achieve your qualification in as little as 1 month, and up to 3 months.

Requests for extensions beyond the allotted 3 month period will be considered on an individual case basis.

While our Customer Service Agents will determine the best evidence for your portfolio, evidence generally takes the form of:

  • Resume/CV
  • References
  • Performance Appraisals
  • Portfolio/work samples
  • Photographic and video evidence
  • Education, training and qualifications
  • Job Description
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Workplace communication
  • Bookkeeping and financial records

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The options are really endless. Most people use qualifications to enhance their careers, from achieving a promotion or pay rise, to climbing organisational ranks and getting new job opportunities. In fact, qualifications have shown to increase employability by 11%, and result in promotions 42% of the time.

Other people might use their qualification to improve visa or migration prospects, access postgraduate study, open up their own businesses, meet regulatory requirements, or obtain a licence in their industry or occupation.

Please note that while our qualifications may help you meet minimum licensing requirements, only your state’s relevant licensing authority may issue you your licence. For more information about trades licensing, click here.

Total number of units = 13 

6 core units  plus

7 elective  units


The elective units consist of:

  • 2 units from Group A or Group B


Of the remaining 5 units:

  • up to 2 may be from Group A or Group B
  • up to 5 may be from Group C
  • up to 2 may be from a Certificate III, Certificate IV or Diploma in any currently endorsed training package or accredited course.


The elective units chosen must be relevant to the work outcome and meet local industry needs.


Core Units 


Prepare financial reports


Design and produce business documents


Develop and implement policies and procedures relevant to bookkeeping activities


Carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasks**


Establish and maintain a payroll system**


Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry


Elective Units 

Group A 


Establish and maintain a cash accounting system


Establish and maintain an accrual accounting system


Group B 


Process financial transactions and extract interim reports


Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers


Group C 


Deliver and monitor a service to customers


Implement customer service standards


Work within a franchise


Manage relationship with franchisor


Develop and use complex spreadsheets


Monitor and manage small business operations


Introduce cloud computing into business operations


Contribute to health and safety of self and others


Manage personal work priorities and professional development


Write simple documents


Perform financial calculations


Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities


Maintain inventory records


Set up and operate a computerised accounting system


*Note the following prerequisite unit requirements:


Unit in this qualification

Prerequisite unit

FNSBKG403 Establish and maintain an accrual accounting system

FNSBKG402 Establish and maintain a cash accounting system


** Units form BAS agent registration Skill Set.


Not Available

Work functions in the occupational areas where this qualification may be used are subject to regulatory requirements. Refer to the FNS Implementation Guide Companion Volume or the relevant regulator for specific guidance on requirements. Persons providing a business activity statement (BAS) service must be registered by the Tax Practitioners Board and this qualification is currently cited as meeting the educational requirements for registration. Other conditions apply including a designated period of experience. Persons seeking BAS agent registration should check current registration requirements with the Board as this is reviewed regularly.

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