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FNS40222 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

Free TAFE Accounting

Next intake July 2024
LocationsGeelong City Campus
DurationFull-time: 6 Months
Part-time: 1 Year

Course description

Are you looking for a career as an accountant or bookkeeper and are interested in helping businesses manage their accounts and legislative requirements? In this course, you will learn about BAS statements, legislative reporting obligations, operational reporting, preparing budgets, classifying, recording and reporting. You will undertake tasks both manually and using Xero accounting software. Upon completion, you will be equipped to work in a broad range of industries or help manage a small office. You will also meet the current educational requirements to register with the Tax Practitioners Board.

Possible career outcomes

Graduates at this level will have theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for specialised and/or skilled work and/or further learning.

  • Accounts administration
  • Accounts clerk
  • Accounts payable officer
  • Accounts receivable officer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Debtors clerk
  • Payroll officer   

Applications & attendance

How to apply

  1. Follow our instructions for how to apply for a course.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

2024 July
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Apr 2024
Close: 1 Jul 2024 
Class DayStart: 16 Jul 2024
Tues, Wed, Fri 9 am - 4 pm
Full-time: 6 Months  Apply  
2024 July
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Apr 2024
Close: 1 Jul 2024 
Class DayStart: 15 Jul 2024
Mon & Thurs 9 am-4 pm
Part-time: 1 Year  Apply  


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

  • Applicants must be 17 years and over at the time of course commencement.
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 4.

  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Units Code Hours
Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers FNSACC322 40
Complete business activity and instalment activity statements FNSTPB411 50
Design and produce spreadsheets BSBTEC302 35
Establish and maintain payroll systems FNSTPB412 45
Prepare financial reports FNSACC421 50
Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities FNSACC414 60
Prepare operational budgets FNSACC412 40
Process financial transactions and extract interim reports FNSACC321 60
Set up and operate computerised accounting systems FNSACC426 80
Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry FNSACC418 40
Electives Code Hours
Deliver and monitor a service to customers BSBOPS304 35
Plan finances for new business ventures BSBESB403 50
Process business tax requirements FNSACC411 50


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Oral
  • Written assignments
  • Team projects
  • Tests

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $1.50 per hour 635 AUD $952.00 AUD $4,655.00
Standard Tuition AUD $7.52 per hour 635 AUD $4,775.00 AUD $4,655.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $13.33 per hour 635 AUD $8,465.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Education Levy AUD $95.25
Resources AUD $455.00


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

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Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 12/06/2024 12:00:40 PM