The FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting has been introduced to replace the FNS50215 Diploma of Accounting.

If you wish to enrol in this new FNS50217 course, please click on the Enrol Here button above or find the Fact Sheet here.

If you are already enrolled in the FNS50215 qualification and would like us to assist you with a “Transition Plan” towards this new FNS50217 qualification please call us on 1300 765 400 or email

The FNS50215 Diploma of Accounting qualification reflects professional accounting job roles in the financial services industry.  Some trainees may qualify for the two elective pre-requisites through Recognition of Prior Learning ie. your prior work experience or through Credit Transfer (if you had undertaken previous study units with NFI or a different institution).

Delivery mode for this nationally recognised course is Online eLearning through our dedicated online elearning platform.  Distance learning study is also available (with online access) and printed training workbooks are available for each unit at a cost of $30 per unit + postage.  Assessments include a mixture of written answers, projects and activities.  There is no workshop or face-to-face component for this course.  You would have until the end of December 2019 in which to complete this Diploma course.  Trainees are also able to enrol into 1 unit at a time. When enrolling into 1 unit you are given an enrolment deadline of 3 months (studies can be completed at your own pace and before this deadline).

Experienced trainers, who are themselves Accountants with many years of experience, are available through the online platform if you require guidance as you progress through your course.

There are 11 units which make up this Diploma, 6 are core units and 5 are elective units, as below:


FNSACC501 Provide financial and business performance information
FNSACC502 Prepare legally compliant tax returns for individuals
FNSACC503 Manage budgets and forecasts
FNSACC504 Prepare financial reports for corporate entities *
FNSACC506 Implement and maintain internal control procedures
FNSACC507 Provide management accounting information

ELECTIVE UNITS (Pre-selected):
BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports *
FNSACC301 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports *
BSBITU402 Develop and use complex spreadsheets
FNSACC505 Establish and maintain accounting information systems
BSBLDR402 Lead effective workplace relationships

* Note: two prerequisite units are required to be studied for the core unit FNSACC504. These prerequisite units are listed in the Elective Units above as BSBFIA401 and FNSACC301. These two units and one other elective unit listed above are compulsory but the other two elective units can be chosen from our Certificate IV selection. You may wish to consider FNSBKG404 and FNSBKG405 so that TPB educational requirements are met.

The Diploma of Accounting course is ideal preparation if you wish to begin in an accounting job role or formalise your existing skills.  Provided via online elearning or distance learning (printed material provided as well as online access) it is suited for those needing to study in their own time.  It is available through purchase of either one unit at a time or through purchasing the full course.  If the FNSBKG404 and FNSGBKG405 units are chosen as electives, then the Diploma will meet the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) requirements for registration as a BAS Agent (but not as a Tax Agent). In addition to the academic requirements, the TPB does require relevant work experience for registration.

You should visit for further information on becoming registered as a Tax Agent.

By completing the full course, your qualification could lead to a new career or you could use it towards further studies.

Online: $1795 if you enrol in the full course online or $209 per individual online unit.
Distance Learning: additional $30 per unit + postage (postage is $30 for all manuals together or $10 postage per manual if studying one unit at a time)

Potential career paths:

  • Manager of Accounts
  • Executive Officer in Accounting
  • Supervisor of Accounts Department
  • Assistant Accountant
  • Company Bookkeeper
  • or any position that involves working in a support capacity with figures and company financials

CENTRELINK ASSISTANCE – NFI’s courses may be approved for Centrelink Student related payments. 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 should contact Centrelink to determine eligibility 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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