Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

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

About the Course

Our Certificate IV in Bookkeeping has been developed against the Australian Quality Framework for accounting. The course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to effectively perform bookkeeping functions. Furthermore, the practical skills you will learn will equip you 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 legislation.

The course is designed to be completed within 12-months and you will learn the knowledge and skills required to perform tasks as a bookkeeper, or in entry-level roles in accounting. You will learn about complying with the regulations of the financial services industry, how to prepare financial reports and statements, and how to perform financial calculations. The course will also cover accounting and payroll systems, accounts and ledgers, financial transactions, as well as taxation requirements.

Whether you want to be a registered BAS agent, run a bookkeeping business, or work in the accounting, banking or financial services industry, this qualification will open doors and create rewarding opportunities for you. Students that are thinking about undertaking this bookkeeping course may also be interested in our accounting course.

Price for the online Certificate IV in Bookkeeping includes access to the online learning material required to complete the course and does have a further discount if you pay the full amount upfront.

The Certificate IV in Bookkeeping is provided by Dolphs Busies School. The assessments and qualification can be completed 100% online.  This is a resource provided for students that are interested in Australian online courses.


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 Boas as a BAS Agent. A business activity statement is a crucial tax report that every business is legally required to lodge every month of every quarter, depending on the size of your business.


The bookkeeping industry in Australia

There are approximately 107,700 bookkeepers are 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

Most 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 installment activity statements.
Our online certificate IV course is one of our 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-month (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!

University pathways

As our qualifications are nationally recognised and accepted all around Australia, upon successfully completing our Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping or Diploma of Accounting, you may be eligible to save up to 1-year off your accounting degree! It is best to consult with the university you are interested in enrolling into prior to undertaking our course to find out exactly what can be credited towards the undergraduate program. Alternatively, you can visit our university pathways page for more information on the universities we already have agreements with in place.

Future prospects in bookkeeping

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 right for you?

To be successful as a bookkeeper, 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 in our 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

University Pathways

Dolph Business School Certificates and Diplomas courses are nationally recognised qualifications. This means that they are recognised by all Australian Universities for determining your entry eligibility and course credit.

The course credit you are granted will vary depending on the undergraduate degree you choose to undertake, and the grades you attain for your Certificate or Diploma. Most prestigious universities expect you to maintain a 75-80% average to be eligible for course credit towards your bachelor degree and the time and money saved through a transfer of credits can be substantial!

Upon completion of your Certificate or Diploma program at Dolph Business School, should you wish to continue your studies and apply for an undergraduate degree course, our Student & Administration Support team will assist you with your enrolment application, as well as your advanced standing (course credit) application.

Dolph Business has credit agreements in place with several universities across Australia which guarantees students entry and credit transfer upon completion of our certificate and diploma courses, and could take up to a year off your bachelor’s degree! These credit agreements are of great importance as outside of these, there is no guarantee of the amount of credit transfer you will receive.

UniversityDegreeCourse CreditApproximate Time Saved
Bachelor of Accounting4 units6-months
Bachelor of Business4 units6-months
Bachelor of Business4 units6-months


Online: You have up to 24-months to complete your course. This is a self-paced, Trainer-supported method of learning. We recommend you spend approximately 10-hours a week reading the course material and completing the assessment tasks given to ensure you complete the course within 11-months.

Please note. The above recommended study hours are indicative only. This time would be reduced if you have pre-existing knowledge and experience in accounting and bookkeeping. Dolph Business School is also able to support students who may require additional time.

Entry Requirements

The specified entry requirements for this qualification detailed within the Business Services Training Package is for persons to have:

  • Completed the core units of a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety. Find out more here.


Dolph Business School also requires persons who undertake this course to:

  • Be aged 18 years or over.
  • Have suitable language, literacy and numeracy skills to be able to carry out tasks such as to:
    • Interpret and analyse complex WHS legislative and organisational texts
    • Draft, document, maintain and update policies, procedures, processes and reports according to legislative and organisational requirements and vocabulary suitable for the audience
    • Use a combination of formal, logical planning and intuitive understanding of context
    • Use active listening and questioning methods to clarify information and to confirm understanding

Please note. Dolph Business School will engage with persons expressing interest in enrolment to discuss their language, literacy and numeracy skills. Dolph Business School can provide additional learning support to students who require basic assistance. For students who have more fundamental support needs, Dolph Business School can refer these students to a specialist language, literacy and numeracy development provider who can assist students to improve their language, literacy and numeracy skills to enable them to suitably commence the course.

Recognition Of Prior Learning

In accordance with the requirements of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations and the National Code, Dolph Business School provides the opportunity for students to apply to have their prior learning and experience recognised towards an accredited qualification or units of competence for which they are enrolled in.

Local students

You may have obtained relevant skills and knowledge through prior formal training, workplace training or experience and may reduce the number of units or assessments required to be completed during the program. We will gather information about your prior experience and training history to determine the best pathway for you to achieve competency.

If you are interested in this course and believe you may qualify for course credit, come speak to one of our team members today to find out how we can help you!

International students

You may be awarded a unit of competency based on successful completion of the unit which has been previously awarded either by Dolph Business School or by another Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Please note. For on-campus international students, where course credit is granted before the issue of a student visa, the course duration will be indicated on the Confirmation of Enrolment. Where credit transfer is granted after the issue of a student visa, a new Confirmation of Enrolment will be issued.


We do not believe in our students just learning for the sake of passing their exams. This is why the assessment for this course is conducted using a combination of realistic workplace simulated tasks, projects, knowledge tests, and response to case studies – NO EXAMS! The following provides a brief explanation of the assessment methods that are to be applied:

Written Reports / Case Studies.
The student is required to produce a range of written records or reports based on real workplace scenarios or based on a case study that is provided by the assessor. This will usually require the student to consider carefully the situation presented, undertake some research to inform their response and then to propose their recommended actions. There may be a practical portion for the student to demonstrate a range of skills relevant to the workplace. This could be by way of presentations or role-play activities.

Project Work.
The student is required to undertake a range of projects in the context of his or her own workplace or on a case study that is provided by the assessor. A project will require the creation of various workplace documents (reports, memos, etc.). Projects may have a practical presentation component where the student may be asked to present or role-play the outcomes of their project or research.

Knowledge Tests.
The student is required to participate in knowledge tests over the course of his or her study. The student will be required to individually complete the test. The student may research their answers from the course training materials and notes as well as relevant workplace references.

Payment Options

Dolph Business School accepts payment for fees using:

  • Bank transfer
  • Credit / debit card
  • Payment plan via credit/debit card (only for those undertaking a Certificate or Diploma course)

Please note. If you choose to pay via credit card, we accept Visa, Mastercard and Amex. There is a 2.5% surcharge if paying via an Australian credit card; and a 3.5% surcharge if paying via an international credit card.

Diploma and certificate courses – online delivery: Your first invoice will be issued prior to the start of the course, and the second invoice will be issued 6-months into the course. If your progress in the course indicates that you would complete the course within 6-months of commencement, the second invoice will be issued after the completion of your first 4-units.

Please note. If you wish to pay your fees through a payment plan, a non-refundable $275 is required to confirm your enrolment.