The FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping qualification has been introduced to replace the FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping.

If you wish to enrol in this new FNS40217 course, please click on the Enrol Here button above or click here for more info.

If you are already enrolled in the FNS40215 qualification and would like us to assist you with a “Transition Plan” towards this new FNS40217 qualification please call us on 1300 765 400 or email

The old Certificate IV in Bookkeeping FNS40215 is a nationally recognised qualification that’s ideal for aspiring and practising bookkeepers and BAS (Business Activity Statement) agents.  The TPB will accept your application for BAS Agent registration provided you meet their work experience requirements and have your Certificate IV (or Diploma) qualification from an RTO and it contains the required two units on Payroll and BAS forms.

This course will train you to set up and maintain computerised accounting systems, prepare financial statements and carry out payroll procedures. It includes competencies stipulated by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) for registered BAS (Business Activity Statement) agents and TASA content.

Available as an online course or through distance learning, it offers that flexible study at home option. Upon successful completion, you will also have the advantage of a qualification that is recognised by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers. You have 12 months for completion of the full course, if required.  If studying one unit at a time, the completion period is 3 months however extensions are available in blocks of 3 months for $99, if required.

By completing the full course, your qualification could lead to a new career or you can use it towards further studies.  Our experienced trainers (Accountants) are available if you need guidance as you progress through your course.   After completing this Certificate IV course you may wish to consider a Certificate IV in Accounting or even the Diploma of Accounting.  If you already have some experience in bookkeeping you may wish to consider a dual qualification or jump straight into the Cert IV in Accounting.

Potential career paths:

  • Small business bookkeeper
  • BAS Agent
  • Contract or staff bookkeeper
  • Trainee Accountant

The Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) will recognise the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping FNS40215 as having met the educational requirements to register as a BAS (Business Activity Statement) agent. This course meets the TPB’s current educational requirements for registered BAS agents, as well as the new requirements effective from 1 March 2012.  Additional work experience criteria apply.

You should visit the TPB website at for more information on becoming a BAS agent, Bookkeeper or Accountant.

Pricing: Online $1395 full course (13 units), or $139 per unit (study one unit at a time);  Distance learning $1695 full course or $169 per unit + postage.  Postage will be $10 if studying one unit at a time or $30 if studying the full course.


  1. Decide if you are going to do one unit at a time or enrol in the full course
  2. Fill in the Unit Chooser form above where you select the Elective units you prefer
  3. Fill in a course enrolment form pdf to study one unit at a time OR click on the Enrol Here button above to enrol online for the full course
  4. Email the Unit Chooser form to us at
  5. If you need to pay for the course via instalments you will also need to send us the Pay-by-the-month form available on our Forms page.
  6. Once we have your enrolment details and your unit chooser elective choices, please allow up to 2 business days for us to process your details and send your links.

If you have completed relevant units of study previously, please also send us your transcripts so we can allocate Credit Transfer to you for those units.

DUAL Qualification FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping PLUS FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting

Although this dual qualification is being phased out, existing students are still able to complete the dual qualification of the FNS40215 and FNS40615 through the study of 14 units for just $1673 by online elearning or $2153 by distance learning (online + hard copy of units mailed).  Or you can pay per unit at $139 each for online study. A Dual Qualification completion incorporates our pre-selected units from both qualifications, but you still have the choice of one elective to suit your requirements. There are no pre-requisites to commence this dual qualification and you have 24 months for completion, if required.  Click here for a Fact Sheet. Click here for the Unit Chooser form. Click here for an Enrolment Form (if unable to enrol through website “Enrol Here” button).


CENTRELINK ASSISTANCE -NFI’s Certificate IV courses may be approved for Centrelink Student related payments. Generally trainees are required to enrol in and undertake a Cert IV course on a full-time basis and make satisfactory progress toward completing their course. Student’s who wish to study part-time should contact Centrelink to determine qualification for assistance. This course is Centrelink approved. Click here for information on what Government financial assistance may be available to you.

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