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Diploma of Accounting FNS50217

Accounting is much more than simply crunching numbers. It involves interpreting financial information to allow informed decisions about small, medium and large businesses.  You will become a financial ‘mechanic’ able to diagnose financial issues within...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Registered Tax Agent +10
Monarch Institute -  Course

Business Bookkeeping Certificate

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

Become confident with bookkeeping in just ten weeks! Learn to balance the books with this online course. You’ll be able to prepare GST returns and keep business accounts. Learn to analyse and interpret a profit and loss statement and balance sheet. Thi...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Bookkeeper +3
The Career Academy -  Course
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Xero Accounting Certificate

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

Quickly learn Xero software at the beginner level. Learn the quick and easy way to manage business accounts using Xero. This is a great course designed for business owners or managers, accounts people or anyone managing business accounts, or for those...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Accountant +2
The Career Academy -  Course
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Advanced Xero Package

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

Gain an advanced workforce-ready skillset in Xero. It’s one of the most highly awarded courses that you could take. The Advanced Xero Package for accountancy, bookkeeping and administration roles is loaded with specially-rated achievements. These inclu...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Accountant +2
The Career Academy -  Course
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Advanced Xero and MYOB Package

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

Gain an advanced workforce-ready skillset in Xero & MYOB software. With 8 certificates, your career is really flying. It’s one of the most highly awarded packages that you could take. The Advanced Xero and MYOB Package for accountancy, bookkeeping...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Bookkeeper +5
The Career Academy -  Course
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Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping FNS40217

This nationally recognised qualification will provide you with financial skills, knowledge and confidence in accounts and bookkeeping management for the modern world. The course includes setting up and managing accounting statements and cloud computing...

Study Method Online, Virtual
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Assistant Financial Broker +7
Swinburne Open Education -  Course

Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping FNS40217

Monarch Institute is one of very few registered training organisations (RTOs) to offer the TPB (Tax Practitioners Board) approved courses required to become a registered BAS agent or a registered tax agent. We’re also included in a very select few accr...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes BAS agent +12
Monarch Institute -  Course

Advanced Excel & Advanced Xero Package

Get two industry-recognised qualifications and become a Xero & Excel expert! This package combines the Advanced Xero Package and the Advanced Excel Package. It will give you a comprehensive and workforce ready understanding of both Excel and Xero,...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Accountant +2
The Career Academy -  Course
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Introduction to Bookkeeping

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

On balance, this Bookkeeping course is the perfect introduction. Bookkeeping is all about balancing the companies books. Sorting out the checks and balances; making sure that everything is on an even keel. With this Career Academy online course, you’ll...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Accountant +1
The Career Academy -  Course

Accounts Administration & Payroll Certificate Plus Xero & MYOB

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

Take the right path to fast track your career. You’re well on the road to success once you have this course under your belt. You’ll become a professional accounts administrator where you’ll learn how to balance the books, prepare BAS returns and busine...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Accountant +3
The Career Academy -  Course
in partnership with

Diploma of Payroll Services FNS50417

The Diploma of Payroll Services (FNS50417) is a brand new diploma-level qual under the government’s Financial Services Training Package. It’s the ultimate qualification for current (and future) payroll professionals who are serious about their careers....

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Human Resources (HR) officer +7
Monarch Institute -  Course

MYOB Advanced Certificate

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

Gain an advanced workforce-ready skillset in MYOB. It’s one of the most highly awarded MYOB courses that you could take. The Advanced Certificate in MYOB for accountancy, bookkeeping and administration roles is loaded with specially rated achievements....

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Accountant +2
The Career Academy -  Course
in partnership with

Xero & MYOB Package

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

Upskill & gain workforce ready skill sets in Xero and MYOB software. The Basic Xero and MYOB Package for accountancy, bookkeeping and administration roles comprise the Certificate in Xero and the Certificate in MYOB AccountRight. If you want to lea...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Accountant +3
The Career Academy -  Course
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Advanced Excel Package & Advanced Certificate in MYOB Package

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

Get two professional qualifications and become an MYOB & Excel expert! This course combines the Advanced Certificate in MYOB and the Advanced Excel Package. It will provide you with comprehensive and workforce ready Excel and MYOB skills required f...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Accountant +2
The Career Academy -  Course
in partnership with

Accounting Advanced Certificate

Once you qualify, your job prospects will soar. If you’re eager to enhance your accounting skills and pursue a career in accounting, finance or business, then this course is a must. It’s an advanced qualification that builds on the practical accounting...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Accountant +6
The Career Academy -  Course
in partnership with

Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping (NSW Only) FNS40217

Kick start your career in accounting, formalise your current skill set or start on a path towards university, by learning the principles of accounting and the practical skills to apply them to daily work, with MCI Institute’s FNS40217 Certificate...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Accounts Assistant +5
MCI Institute -  Course
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AAT Qualified Bookkeeper Pathway

You’re well on the road to success once you have this course under your belt. You’ll become a professional AAT Qualified Bookkeeper where you’ll learn to balance the books, prepare BAS returns and prepare business accounts, plus then use the prestigiou...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Bookkeeper +3
The Career Academy -  Course
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Bookkeeping Business Pathway

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

Learn the skills needed to start your own Bookkeeping Business! Launch your bookkeeping business with the option to freelance, subcontract or start your own bookkeeping business. Complete our Certificate in Bookkeeping and then our Bookkeeping to Busin...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Accountant +1
The Career Academy -  Course
in partnership with

Accounts Administration and Payroll Pathway

Short Course
This is a short course focused on skill based training rather than a nationally accredited certificate or diploma.

Take the right path to fast track your career. You’re well on the road to success once you have this course under your belt. You’ll become a certified accounting technician where you’ll learn how to balance the books, prepare BAS returns and business a...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Accountant +1
The Career Academy -  Course
in partnership with

Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping FNS40217

Become a financial all-rounder with the FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping. You will gain skills across the board from accounting to financial planning, bookkeeping, auditing and payroll. Whether you’re looking to start your own busi...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Accounts Administrator +6
Open Colleges -  Course
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Bookkeeping Courses

Are you a natural with all things numbers and numeracy? Do you need to brush up on your bookkeeping skills for your small business? Or, do you want to harness a skill highly-valued by employers? A nationally recognised bookkeeping course can help you achieve all of these and more

Bookkeeping skills are highly valued in any industry. All businesses, large and small, need at least a basic understanding of these critical financial systems and responsibilities, such as:

  • Accounting systems
  • Financial reporting
  • Payroll
  • BAS 
  • Tax

Bookkeeping courses provided by RTOs are available through TAFEs and universities around Australia. They can also be undertaken with a private provider. Many of the certificates and diplomas are available both full-time and part-time. Many also offer self-paced study so you can balance your study with your other commitments. Let’s take a look at the bookkeeping industry and the courses available.

What are bookkeepers?

Bookkeepers are vital to day-to-day financial business operations. You’ll be required to maintain accurate records of financial transactions that will assist management to make business decisions. 

Some of the duties of a bookkeeper include: 

  • Processing purchases and sales
  • Processing payroll via payroll systems
  • Using computerised accounting systems and cloud computing
  • Record keeping
  • Creating finance reports such business activity statements, instalment activity statements, interim reports and operational budgets
  • Providing information for Business Activity Statement (BAS) preparation.

A successful completion of a bookkeeping course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to perform such tasks.

Bookkeeping career outcomes

A career in bookkeeping is a viable option for returning mature-aged workers or people looking to get a foot in the financial-industry door. While most people become BAS agents or bookkeepers, completing a bookkeeping course can lead to numerous career outcomes.

If you wish to take on further training, there’s also opportunity to progress into a career as an accountant.

What is the job outlook for bookkeeping professionals?

The outlook for bookkeepers in Australia is mixed. There will be a great deal of positions becoming vacant in the short term, but the total number of positions are projected to decline by approximately 2% by 2024. Almost a quarter of all bookkeeping positions are in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Industry, while another 20% are in the Construction industry.

A role in bookkeeping is very flexible. Both full-time and part-time opportunities are available, as well as the opportunity to work as a sole trader.

Career flexibility is another benefit to a career in bookkeeping. Most workers enter the profession from their late twenties at the earliest, suggesting bookkeeping is a good choice for people looking to re-enter the workforce or change careers.

  • 25,000-50,000 job openings between 2013-2018, however the total number of jobs is expected to drop by approximately 2,000 positions.
  • Only 33% of bookkeepers work full-time
  • Average full-time Salary: $64, 160 per year

What are the different types of bookkeeping courses?

From short courses to Certificate IVs to a Diploma of Accounting, there is a large range of bookkeeping courses available to you. Depending on your career goal, you can choose a qualification that will see you become a qualified bookkeeper upon completion, or you can choose a short course that focuses on a specific area of financial services

By far the most common course people study to enter the bookkeeping profession is the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping. This course will give you the required skills to become a competent bookkeeper, with the chance to continue with further study to move into accounting or financial planning.

Bookkeeping short courses

There are a number of different bookkeeping short courses. For example, short courses on software programs like MYOB, XERO and Quicken. These courses are a great way to learn the basics of the most common accounting systems. 

Certificate I

A Certificate I in Financial Services is a great place to start for those who want a gradual exposure to bookkeeping. There are no entry requirements and upon completion you’ll be able to develop and use a personal budget and savings plan, while understanding debt and consumer credit, superannuation, the Australian financial system and markets, and the taxation system. Once completed you will be qualified to work as an insurance investigator, bookkeeper or credit officer.

Certificate III

A Certificate III in Financial Services is a more comprehensive course structure that includes additional elective units for breadth. Once completed you’ll be qualified for roles as an insurance investigator, bookkeeper or credit officer.

A Certificate III in Accounts Administration, in comparison, is a step towards a career in accountancy and bookkeeping. Once qualified, you will be able to fulfil positions such as Accounts clerk (receivable and payable), payroll clerk, and in customer service in the financial services industry. 

Certificate IV

To enrol in the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping course, you must have your School Certificate, or completed a Certificate III in Accounts Administration, or relevant recognition of prior learning

This nationally recognised qualification is ideal for current or prospective bookkeepers and BAS agents, and includes competencies required for BAS agents as specified by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB). On completion of this course you will be able to set up and maintain computerised accounting systems, prepare financial statements and carry out payroll procedures. Graduates of this qualification have the eligibility to to work as a bookkeeper for a small business, either on staff or contracted, or as a BAS agent.

Following a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping course, you can pursue a diploma or bachelor degree qualification in accounting or financial planning.  

Is a bookkeeping course right for you?

The type of course you choose to pursue will depend on what type of bookkeeping role you’re after. For those looking to make a career out of bookkeeping or accountancy, a more comprehensive course is required. However, for small business owners, a short course may be sufficient to fulfil your financial needs.

Most bookkeeping courses are delivered via online learning. Online courses allow for self-paced learning, giving you more flexibility as the student. Furthermore, most providers offer payment plans for all course fees to account for a wide array of financial circumstances. 

Enquire about a bookkeeping course today to receive more information about enrolling in a bookkeeping course, and take the next step towards your bookkeeping career today! 

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