Certificate IV in Accounting (FNS40615)


This qualification reflects accounting job roles in financial services and other industries requiring accounting support functions. Individuals in these roles apply theoretical and specialist knowledge and skills to work autonomously and exercise judgement in completing routine and non-routine activities. This course is designed for international students who will be involved in classroom training in a full time capacity to gain the qualification. These students may come from different countries and cultural backgrounds who will be studying in Australia on a valid student visa. This student cohort will generally have limited to no experience in the accounting industry.

Qualification Rules

Participants need to complete ten (13) units of competency in total following the guidelines as outlined in the Financial Services Training Package Qualifications Rules which requires:

  • 10 core units plus
  • 3 elective units

Please note: All the below units have been selected by the college through an extensive consultative process with the industry partners and they have been identified as containing knowledge and skills appropriate for the industry.

The full list of units can be found within the Financial Services Training Package FNS10 and are made available for all AAIC training staff and students to review. The units offered by AAIC are listed as below:

Unit Code Unit Name Core/Elective
FNSACC303 Perform financial calculations Elective
BSBITU304 Produce spreadsheets Elective
BSBITU306 Design and produce business documents Core
FNSACC302 Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers Core
FNSACC301 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports Core
BSBFIA302 Process payroll Elective
FNSBKG405 Establish and maintain a payroll system Core
BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports Core
FNSBKG404 Carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasks Core
FNSACC402 Prepare operational budgets Core
FNSACC404 Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities Core
FNSACC406 Set up and operate a computerised accounting system Core
FNSINC401 Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry Core


This course will be delivered over 55 week’s duration (1100 Student Contact Hours) of full time study over a 78 weeks’ timeframe which also includes 23 weeks’ holidays.

Delivery Methods

This program is delivered in a classroom based environment where all students must attend a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Participants will need to purchase resources as notified in the student handbook. The trainer will provide any additional learning material where gaps are identified in either the participant’s underpinning knowledge or the training resources.

Assessment Methods

Assessment will be a Learning and Assessment pathway.

Participants will be advised of the assessment requirements at the beginning of each unit. Assessment will usually commence in the session following delivery or as advised by the trainer. As this is a competency based program, assessment continues throughout the program until the participant either achieves competency in the assessment tasks or a further training need is identified and addressed.

The assessment process may include:

  • Written Questions
  • Case studies
  • Projects (simulation/Real Work)
  • Assignments
  • Presentations
  • Role plays
  • Supervised Assessments
  • Integrated assessment of some units may occur


Employment Pathway

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. The primary pathway from this qualification is employment in accounting job roles.

Pathways for further studies

Participants are provided with advice on employment and training options throughout the delivery of the program by AAIC’s experienced training and support staff. After achieving the FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting, candidates may choose to undertake FNS50215 – Diploma of Accounting offered by AAIC.

Training Pathway

 Certificate IV Diploma
FNS40615 – Certificate IV in Accounting FNS50215 – Diploma of Accounting


International Students Entry Requirements

Entry into this program requires International Students to fulfil requirements as listed below:
• Must be 18 years of age or over
• Completed year 12 (HSC or equivalent)
• Minimum 5.5 IELTS score or equivalent as per the following:

a.    TOEFL iBT 46
b.    PTE Academic 42
c.    TOEFL PBT 527
d.    OET Pass
e.    Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) 47

Location: Adelaide

Delivery mode: Class room based


Tuition Fee:  $AU 12,000
Application Fees:  $250 (Non-Refundable)
Text Books:  $750
Estimated Total Course Cost: $AU 13,000

Single Overseas Student Health Cover $550 per Annum Approximately
Family Overseas Student Health Cover $5000 per Annum Approximately