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Develop your accounting expertise

This qualification reflects accounting job roles in financial services, and other industries requiring accounting support functions.  This program, in particular, has been designed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Completion of this qualification meets the minimum academic requirements with the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) for registration as a BAS agent.  Note that, in addition to the academic requirements, the TPB requires extensive relevant experience for registration.  Certificate IV provides foundation skills towards higher qualifications, e.g., Diploma of Accounting. Course details

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Full time: 9 months / Residential block training (4 x 2 week blocks)

Course details


  • Full Fee $4,335
  • Subsidised $2,670
  • Concession $2,170

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Cairns Full time / Residential block training (4 x 2 week blocks) Classroom

Entry requirements

While there are no prerequisites for the course, it is recommended students have computer experience.  Preferred pathway into this program is Certificate III in Business Administration, BSB30415.  This program, in particular, has been designed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.


Gatton, Newton, Eureka and Wilkinson Streets
Manunda QLD 4870

Resources required

Students can either purchase their text books or borrow from the TAFE Queensland set.


This course offers regular study blocks at the Cairns campus. Students are expected to attend these classes and also complete some of their studies outside of class times. There are 8 weeks of classroom training provided in 4 x 2 week blocks over the duration of the course. The total course is 644 nominal hours.  This program is ABSTUDY approved and students who qualify are able to receive travel, accommodation and meals assistance to attend the study blocks.

All units have a study guide and assessment tasks and these can be completed during the residential workshops and via self-paced learning.

Cairns campus - Block dates Semester 1, 2018

  • Block 1: 12 - 23 March
  • Block 2: 04 - 15 June
  • Block 3: 03 - 14 September
  • Block 4: 22 October - 02 November

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Students need to successfully complete 13 units to gain the qualification; 10 core and 3 elective units.

FNSACC301 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports Core
FNSACC302 Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers Core
FNSACC406 Set up and operate a computerised accounting system Core
BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports Core
FNSACC402 Prepare operational budgets Core
BSBITU306 Design and produce business documents Core
FNSINC401 Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry Core
FNSACC404 Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities Core
FNSBKG405 Establish and maintain a payroll system Core
FNSBKG404 Carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasks Core
FNSACC303 Perform financial calculations Elective
BSBITU402 Develop and use complex spreadsheets Elective
FNSACC407 Produce job costing information Elective


Not all electives available at all campuses

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No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland North has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, call us on 1300 656 959. We're here to help.

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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.


The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

Higher Level Skills Subsidy

The Higher Level Skills Subsidy is a one-off subsidy that offsets the cost of an eligible Certificate IV or higher courses.

You're eligible for the Higher Level Skills Subsidy if you:

  • Are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • Live in Queensland full time
  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits
  • And don't currently have (or are enrolled in) a certificate IV or higher level qualification.
  • For some courses, you may also be required to hold a certificate 3 in a relevant industry field.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability. Further information about concessions.

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Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting

Job prospects

  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Officer
  • Payroll Officer
  • Accounting Clerks
  • Accounts Receivable and Payable Clerk
  • BAS Agent

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You're ready if you have:

  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland
  • If you are applying for a subsidised cost, please ensure you have all the relevant documents at time of enrolment

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Enrolment options

By telephone: 1300 656 959. In person: at any TAFE Queensland North location.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 16 April 2018

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