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Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

  • Qualification:

    Certificate IV

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    Max 24 months

  • Start date:

    Anytime – start today!

  • Awarded by:

    Open Colleges (RTO 90796)

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This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

What you'll learn

About this course

The Certificate IV in Bookkeeping offered through Open Colleges will provide you the training and qualifications to become an effective and dynamic bookkeeper for any business.

With the Federal government putting in new stringent laws to improve the quality of bookkeeping standards, this course is one of the few that meets the Australian Qualifications Framework and qualifies you to work in any state or territory in Australia. The course is also recognised by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.

By completing the course you will learn the essential bookkeeping skills such as maintaining records, preparing financial statements, implementing payroll procedures and operating MYOB computerised accounting systems. The course also covers competencies stipulated by the Tax Practitioners Board TPB for registered Business Activity Statement (BAS) agents.


Anyone can apply.

Areas of study

While studying this online bookkeeping course, you will learn how to:

  • Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
  • Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
  • Prepare financial reports
  • Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
  • Introduce cloud computing into operations
  • Establish and maintain a payroll system
  • Carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasks
  • Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures relevant to bookkeeping activities
  • Design and produce business documents
  • Prepare operational budgets
  • Develop and use complex spreadsheets
  • Manage budgets and forecasts
Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. Most courses are delivered online or via blended learning, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.
As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Certificate IV in Bookkeeping from Open Colleges.

Upon completion of this certificate program, you will be able to articulate directly into the Diploma of Accounting course. You will also have the educational requirements to register as a BAS (Business Activity Statement) agent and fulfil BAS agent responsibilities. This course meets the TAX Practitioners Board's (TPB) current education requirements for registered BAS agents as well as the requirements effective from 1 March 2012.

Curious about where a career in accounting could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Accountant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll Officer
  • Accounts Clerk
  • Employee Bookkeeper
  • BAS Agent
  • General Accounts Assistant
  • Assistant Accountant
  • Taxation Officer

Payment options & support

Finance options

Open Colleges offers two flexible payment models to help make studying more affordable:

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Pay just $71.25 for 64 weeks with a $100 depositPay $3,272 upfront and save 20%

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