Certificate IV in Accounting & Bookkeeping

  • Australian Accredited Qualification
  • 100% online | Equivalent to on-campus qualifications
  • Overseas students eligible, no visa required

About the Course

Start your career as a certified Bookkeeper or in an entry-level role in accounting. This nationally accredited Certificate IV in Accounting & Bookkeeping online course has been designed to adhere to the latest industry practices and standards within the bookkeeping and accounting industry. You will gain the knowledge and practical skills required to effectively perform contract bookkeeping functions for clients or take on basic accounting duties for an employer.

Bookkeeping and Accounting skills you will learn

  • Complete Business Activity Statements (BAS) as required for Goods and Services Tax (GST) registered businesses under Australian Taxation law.
  • Develop bookkeeping management systems for organisations.
  • Prepare and lodge approved forms on taxpayers’ liabilities, obligations or entitlements under the BAS system.
  • Provide taxpayers with advice about their BAS obligations.
  • Provide advice on how to deal with the Tax Commissioner, on behalf of a taxpayer, about their BAS provision.

In addition to the above skills, you will also learn to perform the required financial calculations to prepare financial reports and statements, establish and maintain accounting systems as well as carry out tax and payroll operations according to Australian tax legislation. You will also learn about complying with the regulations of the financial services industry, how to prepare budgets and reports and maintaining payroll systems. The course will also cover accounting and payroll systems, accounts and ledgers, financial transactions, as well as Australian taxation requirements.

Whether you want to be a registered Business Activity Statment (BAS) agent, run a bookkeeping business, or work in the accounting or financial services industry, this qualification will open doors and create rewarding opportunities for you.

The price for the online Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping course includes access to the online learning material required to complete the course, access to a library of videos and study aids, and access to the MYOB Student software.

The Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping course is delivered by Dolph Business School and the assessments can be submitted online.

What does a bookkeeper do?

Simply put, bookkeepers do all the financial record keeping you simply do not have the time, knowledge or the expertise to do compliantly. Bookkeepers have to ensure that they keep track of every cent that comes into and goes out of a business. Their main tasks involve data entry, expense tracking, invoicing and issuing receipts, payroll, banking, compliance and financial reporting.

A good bookkeeper is a tremendous asset to any business as not only would they have the knowledge and experience to accurately manage your business’s financial records, but they can also provide valuable insight into any financial matters concerning the business.

In Australia, bookkeepers are also often responsible for lodging a business’s activity statement if they are registered with the Tax Practitioners Board as a BAS Agent. A business activity statement is a crucial tax report that every business is legally required to lodge every month or every quarter, depending on the size of your business.

The bookkeeping industry in Australia

There are approximately 107,700 bookkeepers currently employed across Australia with the majority of bookkeepers working in Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland. 92.5% of bookkeepers are female and 7.5% of them are male. The unemployment rate for bookkeepers is below average which is a really good sign for the industry and shows that quality bookkeepers are in demand. The largest age group for bookkeepers are those aged 45-54 years old with the average salary for a bookkeeper is $53,636 per annum.

Accredited bookkeeping courses in Australia

Bookkeepers in Australia are required to have a minimum qualification of a Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping.

Certificate IV

In Dolph Business School’s Cert IV Accounting and Bookkeeping program, you will learn the core skills and knowledge required to perform tasks required of a bookkeeper. You will learn to prepare financial reports, process financial transactions, administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers, process business tax requirements and complete business activity and instalment activity statements.

The online certificate IV course is one of the more popular courses as not only do you have the flexibility to learn from the comforts of your own home and in your own time, but you also have the flexibility to complete the course as soon as 6-months (if you invested 20-hours a week) to as long as 24-months (if you only have 5-hours a week to spare)!

The skills and knowledge that you learn in this course can help you find jobs in various areas of accounting, banking and financial services sector such as a bookkeeper, an accounts clerk, a payroll officer or even an accounts administrator! Best of all, the qualification is recognised right across the country meaning this qualification is recognised and accepted by Australian universities and employers!


Bookkeepers looking to progress their career opportunities beyond entry-level roles should consider undertaking a Diploma of Accounting course. It can be a great way to further improve your skills and increase your earning potential whilst opening the door to further opportunities.

Our Diploma of Accounting covers evaluating business performance, preparing tax documentation for individuals, interpret and use financial statistics and tools, prepare financial reports and manage budgets and forecasts. The skills and knowledge that you learn in this course can help you find jobs such as a junior accountant role, a financial analyst role or an auditing role. The course is offered online, blended and on-campus and is recognised and accepted by universities and employers all across the country!

Future prospects in bookkeeping or accounting

The industry has changed a lot over the last decade. From being a pen and paper based profession to one that’s increasingly digitised. Cloud computing and accounting software such as those produced by Xero, MYOB and Quickbooks have made it easier now more than ever to track a business’s financials and produce reports at the click of a button. The demand for knowledgeable and qualified bookkeepers is expected to continue to grow, with as many as 121,700 bookkeepers tipped to be working across Australia by 2019.

Is a career as a bookkeeper or accounting right for you?

To be successful as a bookkeeper or accountant, you need to be good with numbers, be extremely organised, have great problem-solving abilities and pay close attention to detail. You should have excellent communication skills to be able to explain the reports in layman terms to your clients or to various personnel within your business. You must be willing to continually learn and keep abreast of all the developments and changes within the industry, especially those concerning legislation.

If you believe you would make a successful bookkeeper, kickstart your ambitions by enrolling into the Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping course today!


Unit CodeUnit NameUnit Type
BSBFIA401Prepare financial reportsCore
BSBITU306Design and produce business documentsCore
BSBITU402Develop and use complex spreadsheetsElective
FNSACC301Process financial transactions and extract interim reportsElective
FNSACC302Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgersElective
FNSACC303Perform financial calculationsElective
FNSACC404Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entitiesElective
FNSBKG401Develop and implement policies and procedures relevant to bookkeeping activitiesCore
FNSBKG402Establish and maintain a cash accounting systemElective
FNSBKG403Establish and maintain an accrual accounting systemElective
FNSBKG404Carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasksCore
FNSBKG405Establish and maintain a payroll systemCore
FNSINC401Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industryCore

Entry Requirements

Must be aged 18 years or over and have suitable language, literacy, and numeracy skills to be able to carry out tasks.