We are not currently accepting any new enrolments into this FNS40217 course.

The FNS40217 qualification replaced the FNS40215 and FNS40615 qualifications.

If you were previously enrolled in the FNS40215 or FNS40615 courses and you would would like us to assist you with a “Transition Plan” towards the FNS40217 qualification please call us on 1300 765 400 or email enquiries@financeinstitute.com.au.


Online e-learning mode – $1,650 full course (13 units) or $165 per unit (SAVE $495 by enrolling in full course)
Distance learning (hard copy provided plus online access) – $1,980 full course (incl postage) or $205 per unit (incl postage) (SAVE $585 by enrolling in full course)

Postage costs – order one unit at a time, postage is $10; more than one unit postage is $30 each order.

RPL – starts at $995 (see form below)

Fees are inclusive of course access, support, assessment and Certificate delivery. There is no GST component. If some units are already held through prior study, individual study units are available online for $165 each or $205 hard copy (incl postage).

Completion Time: if studying the full course (13 units), you have 12 months for completion.  If studying one unit at a time, the completion time is a maximum of 3 months per unit. Extensions are available, if required, for a cost of $99 for every additional 3 months.


The FNS40217 qualification has replaced the FNS40215 and FNS40615 qualifications.

The FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping is a nationally recognised qualification which meets TPB requirements.  It’s ideal for individuals wanting careers within the accounting and bookkeeping industry sectors, working as a BAS agent (Business Activity Statement) or providing bookkeeping services in a range of industry sectors.  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 (FNSSS00004 BAS Agent Registration Skill Set).

If you are searching for us on the TPB website, please note we are there just as “Registered Training Organisation” and your Cert IV course/unit or qualification by study will be accepted by the TPB as proof of your BAS/Payroll qualification/knowledge incorporating the required TASA/Code of Conduct topics.
The TPB also requires those applying for RPL to undertake in full the assessment tasks for the FNSTPB401 (BAS)
and FNSTPB402 (Payroll) units.

What does a BAS Agent do?

Click here to read about what being a BAS Agent involves.

The course includes preparing and lodging BAS Statements and providing advice or dealing with the Commissioner on behalf of a taxpayer in relation to Activity Statements. Individuals in these roles apply theoretical and specialist knowledge and skills to work autonomously.

Persons providing a BAS service for a fee or other reward must be registered by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) and this qualification is recognised by the TPB as meeting their education requirements for registration. Other conditions apply, including a designated period of experience. Persons seeking BAS Agent registration should check current registration requirements with the TPB. The BAS units incorporate the required TASA and Code of Conduct requirements.  Visit the TPB website at www.tpb.gov.au for more information on becoming a BAS Agent, Bookkeeper or Accountant. Upon successful completion, you will have the advantage of a qualification that is recognised by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.

This course is available as an online course or through distance learning, offering that flexible study-at-home option. Distance learning provides online access plus hard copies of each of the units, which are mailed to you.

You have 12 months for completion of the full course. However, as the course is delivered online you will be able to progress through your studies in a faster period of time, if applicable. If studying one unit of competency at a time, the completion deadline is set at 3 months per unit of competency. In either situation, extensions of time are available in blocks of 3 months for an extension fee of $99.

By completing the full course, your qualification could lead to a new career or you can use it towards further studies. Your allocated trainer (Accountants) will be available if you need guidance as you progress through your course. After completing this Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping you will qualify for entrance into the FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting

Potential career paths:

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



  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 your preferred Elective units and determine if you have applicable prior learning
  3. Click on the green Enrol Here button above to enrol online
  4. Email the Unit Chooser form to us at enrolments@financeinstitute.com.au and include, if applicable, any Statements or Transcripts you may have from prior study
  5. If you prefer to pay for the course via instalments (4 month maximum) you will also need to send us the Pay-by-the-month form
  6. Once we have your enrolment details and your Unit Chooser Form, please allow up to 2 business days for us to process your details and send your links.

Remember, if you have completed relevant units of study previously, please also send us your Statement/Transcripts so we can allocate Credit Transfer to you for those units.  You may have a combination of prior study (Credit Transfer), prior experience (RPL) and the need to complete some units by study, which are all available.

FOR STUDENTS ALREADY ENROLLED:   If you have already enrolled in one unit at a time study and are ready for your next unit, please click here to choose and pay for your next unit. Remember to nominate your next unit in the Order Notes field.

CENTRELINK ASSISTANCE – NFI’s Cert IV courses are approved for Centrelink Student related payments on a case by case basis. Generally trainees are required to enrol in and undertake a course on a full-time basis and make satisfactory progress toward completing their course. Students who wish to study part-time should contact Centrelink to determine if assistance is available for their individual circumstances.

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