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Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

Provided by  Open Colleges

Course Overview

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Develop your bookkeeping skills, perfect for anyone endeavoring to become a bookeeper, those already practising bookkeeping and BAS (Business Activity Statement) agents.

The Certificate IV in Bookkeeping is recognised by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) and is therefore ideal for anyone looking to formalise their skills.

Included in the course is a chance to study a Certificate in MYOB as an optional elective.

Upon successful completion of the course, the TPB will recognise you 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, additional eligibility criteria may apply.

Course Quick Look

Awarded By:
Open Colleges
Certificate lV
Study Mode:
Maximum 24 months
Nationally Recognised:


Process financial transactions and extract interim reports

  • Check and verify supporting documentation
  • Prepare and process banking and petty cash documents
  • Prepare and process invoices for payment to creditors and for debtors
  • Prepare journals and batch monetary items
  • Post journals to ledger
  • Enter data into system
  • Prepare deposit facility and lodge flows
  • Extract a trial balance and interim reports

Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers

  • Review accounts receivable process
  • Identify bad and doubtful debts
  • Review compliance with terms and conditions and plan recovery action
  • Prepare reports and file documentation
  • Distribute creditors invoices for authorisation
  • Remit payments to creditors
  • Prepare accounts paid report and reconcile balances outstanding

Prepare financial reports

  • Maintain asset register
  • Record general journal entries for balance day adjustments
  • Prepare final general ledger accounts
  • Prepare end of period financial reports

Set up and operate a computerised accounting system

  • Implement an integrated accounting system
  • Process transactions within the system
  • Maintain the system
  • Produce reports
  • Ensure system integrity

Introduce cloud computing into operations

  • Review computing needs in the business
  • Investigate cloud computing services to meet business needs
  • Develop a plan to introduce cloud computing
  • Support implementation of the plan

Establish and maintain a payroll system

  • Establish payroll requirements
  • Record payroll data
  • Prepare and process payroll
  • Handle payroll enquiries
  • Maintain payroll

Carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasks

  • Identify individual compliance and other requirements
  • Recognise and apply GST implications and code transactions
  • Report on payroll activities
  • Report on other amounts withheld, Pay As You Go (PAYG) instalments and taxes
  • Complete and reconcile the Activity Statement
  • Lodge Activity Statement

Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry

  • Identify the scope, sectors and responsibilities of the industry
  • Identify and apply financial services industry guidelines, procedures and legislation
  • Identify sustainability issues for the financial services industry
  • Manage information
  • Participate in and facilitate work team activities
  • Plan work to be completed taking into consideration time, resources and other constraints
  • Develop and maintain personal competency

Develop and implement policies and procedures relevant to bookkeeping activities

  • Develop a professional working relationship with relevant parties
  • Carry out research to identify compliance requirements and support materials
  • Set up and maintain appropriate systems to meet compliance requirements

Design and produce business documents

  • Select and prepare resources
  • Design document
  • Produce document
  • Finalise document

Prepare operational budgets

  • Prepare budget
  • Set budget timeframe
  • Document budget

Develop and use complex spreadsheets

  • Prepare to develop spreadsheet
  • Develop a linked spreadsheet solution
  • Automate and standardise spreadsheet operation
  • Use spreadsheets
  • Represent numerical data in graphic form

Manage budgets and forecasts

  • Prepare budget
  • Forecast estimates
  • Document budget

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