Kick-start a rewarding career with a Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping. Gain skills, knowledge and confidence in accounts receivable, accounts payable, financial reporting, budgeting, payroll, spreadsheets, Xero and MYOB. Employment opportunities exist across a variety of industries. This course meets the educational requirements for registration as a BAS agent by the Tax Practitioners Board.

This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

  • Nationally recognised training
    Nationally recognised training
  • TAFE Victoria
    TAFE Victoria
Midyear applications are now open.

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Skills you’ll learn

  • Accounting
  • Bookkeeping
  • Reporting
  • Budgeting
  • Payroll duties
  • Completing BAS

Your career opportunities

  • Accounts payable officer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounts receivable officer
  • Administration officer
  • Payroll officer
  • Self employment

Location options

  • Online

Professional accreditation 

Students will be eligible for a free student membership with the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) as Swinburne is recognised as an Accredited Training Provider. Student membership is available for the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) upon application.


This course is designed for candidates who wish to enter the Accounting and Bookkeeping industries either as a result of having a strong interest in this area from High School, changing career path, or assisting a family business with their finance.

Applicants require a minimum of Year 12 completion or equivalent.

Non-school leavers without formal qualifications are welcome to apply.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or equivalent overseas qualification.

Other requirements

Technical requirements

To use Collaborate Ultra within the CANVAS learning management platform, students will need headphones and a computer with a microphone and camera that is connected to the internet.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer is the recognition of academic credits gained through formal study (i.e. units of competency) completed either at another institute or in another qualification. The total amount of credit will vary from individual to individual, based on the unit/s that have been successfully completed. 

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of transferring the skills and knowledge that you have acquired over your lifetime (irrespective of how they were obtained) against the requirements of the unit.  

RPL is an assessment process that requires you to provide evidence that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the unit/s. The amount and types of evidence you will need to provide will depend on the unit requirements.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Course structure

To obtain this qualification, students must complete 13 units, including 10 core and 3 elective units and is a 12 to 18 month program.  The course consists of timetabled structured online classes and these are scheduled 2-3 evenings per week.  Additional study hours may also be required to prepare and complete tasks. 

Core units
Elective units
Certificate IV
Course hours are estimated and may change based on study mode, unit choice, credits, or enrolment adjustments, total indicative nominal hours: 620

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Design and produce spreadsheets
Core unit
Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
Core unit
Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
Core unit
Prepare operational budgets
Core unit
Prepare financial statements for non-reporting entities
Core unit
Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry
Core unit
Prepare financial reports
Core unit
Set up and operate computerised accounting systems
Core unit
Complete business activity and instalment activity statements
Core unit
Establish and maintain payroll systems
Core unit
Elective units
Perform financial calculations
Elective unit
Establish legal and risk management requirements of new business ventures
Elective unit
Write simple documents
Elective unit

2024 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)


Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)


Concession rate* ($AUD)


2024 fees

Fees are estimates only

Fees published on this page are estimates only and are subject to change depending on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. The above fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. There may be additional costs related to learning material and equipment.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Skills first government-subsidised place

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. To qualify for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. The course you’ve applied for must also be offering government-subsidised places. Swinburne will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your Swinburne fees in person, via credit card, BPAY, or at Australia Post. Check to see if loans and employer sponsored training are also available.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Concessions rates for vocational students

If you’re enrolling in a Certificate IV-level program or below, are eligible for a government-subsidised training place and hold a valid concession card, you may be eligible for a concession of 80 per cent off the published fee of your unit(s) tuition – which means you’ll only be charged 20 per cent of the published fee.

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    Study this course for free in 2024

    You could have your tuition fees covered in 2024 thanks to the Victorian Government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. 

    Free TAFE for Priority Courses is available to any Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen.

    There are other factors, too. The best way to find out if you’re eligible is to apply!


Scholarship applications for 2024 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

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