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Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping FNS40217

The FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping is ideal for those individuals undertaking or seeking roles in the accounting sector, including bookkeepers, accounts clerks and BAS Agents. Delivered via online study, this new qualification in...

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Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Accounts Clerk +9
Mentor Education -  Course

Diploma of Accounting FNS50217

This qualification reflects professional accounting job roles in financial services and other industries, including tax agents, accounts payable and accounts receivable officers, payroll service providers, and employees performing a range of accounting...

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Job Outcomes Accountant +1
MCI Institute -  Course

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...

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Job Outcomes Accounts Administrator +6
Open Colleges -  Course

Advanced Diploma of Accounting FNS60217

Mentor Education’s nationally recognised Advanced Diploma of Accounting (FNS60217) qualification delivers individuals specialist accounting and business knowledge covering governance, statistical analysis, legal principles and financial reporting...

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Job Outcomes Tax Accountant +7
Mentor Education -  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 a recognised certificate in MYOB and become an expert! There are three accredited courses which make up the this accredited online Advanced Certificate: Certificate in MYOB AccountRight, Certificate in MYOB Essentials and official MYOB Certificati...

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Job Outcomes Accountant +1
The Career Academy -  Course
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Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping 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...

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Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Accounts Assistant +5
MCI Institute -  Course

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...

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Job Outcomes Registered Tax Agent +10
Monarch Institute -  Course

Advanced Xero and MYOB Pathway

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

Get 6 certificates and become a Xero & MYOB expert! This course combines the Advanced Xero Package and the Advanced Certificate in MYOB in order to give you a comprehensive and workforce ready understanding of both MYOB and Xero. You will gain the...

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Job Outcomes Bookkeeper +5
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.

Get an Advanced Certificate in Xero and become a Xero expert! This online Advanced Certificate takes approximately 40 hours to complete and combines four qualifications into one. It will enhance your Xero skills, enabling you to pursue a career in acco...

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Job Outcomes Accountant +2
The Career Academy -  Course
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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.

Become a Certified Accounts Administrator and boost your career! Up your practical knowledge and stand out from the crowd with our intermediate online course. You’ll gain skills in accounting, GST, Xero, payroll, Microsoft Excel and much more....

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Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Accountant +3
The Career Academy -  Course

Xero Accounting Certificate

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

Learn how to use Xero, and fast! Gain an intermediate level of knowledge and learn how to use Xero Accounting to manage your own business accounts or your client’s accounts. This Xero training will set you up with a strong understanding and practical k...

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Job Outcomes Accountant +2
The Career Academy -  Course
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Certificate IV Financial Services FNS41815

With an FNS41815 Certificate IV in Financial Services from MCI Institute you will hold a nationally recognised qualification that is highly relevant to a wide range of industries and valued by your potential employers. We are business course specialist...

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Job Outcomes Assistant Financial Broker +6
MCI Institute -  Course

Introduction to Bookkeeping

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

Learn to balance the books with our introductory course! Our online course will teach you the fundamentals of bookkeeping. You’ll learn about balancing your books, invoicing, payments and managing cash flow. Achieve success with comprehensive support f...

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Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Accountant +1
The Career Academy -  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...

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Job Outcomes BAS agent +12
Monarch Institute -  Course

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....

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Job Outcomes Human Resources (HR) officer +7
Monarch Institute -  Course

Xero & MYOB Package

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

Can’t decide between Xero and MYOB? Learn both and save! Buy this package to enrol in our Certificate in Xero Accounting and the Certificate in MYOB AccountRight. Learning online allows you to work through the courses at your own pace and in your own t...

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

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

Learn to use the Xero Payroll module with our accredited online course. You’ll learn to connect your payroll to your accounting system, saving time and stress managing your payroll and PAYG returns.

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Accountant +1
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...

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

Bachelor of Accounting

The Bachelor of Accounting will help students develop the skills necessary to evaluate, analyse and communicate an organisation’s or individual’s financial position. This course will prepare you in the core areas of financial accounting, management acc...

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Job Outcomes Financial Analyst +3
Swinburne Online -  Course

Accounting and Finance, University 1st and 2nd Year (Level 4 and 5)

The Undergraduate Level 4 (Accounting and Finance) and Level 5 (Extended Diploma in Management) are a 240 credit course designed to fast-track students to the final year of an associated Undergraduate degree in Finance and Accounting, which can either...

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Job Outcomes Marketing +4
Online Business School -  Course

What do Accountants do?

Accountants are generally responsible for the preparation and maintenance of financial documents and records. These may include audit books, legal compliance, reporting systems, financial statements, the handling of tax documents and more. This is a vital component of businesses to ensure taxes and other important financial requirements are met.

Every business in the world relies on accounting in some way. Whether that means having a specialist in-house or contracting someone on an ad hoc basis, there is always a requirement.

What Are the Career Outcomes for an Accounting Course?

A career in Accounting could see you managing the books in a small business or working in the finance department of a large multinational company. Here are some potential job titles:

  • Accountant
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Accounting Manager
  • Auditor
  • Bookkeeper
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Controller
  • Financial Analyst
  • Payroll Manager
  • Tax Specialist

What is the Job Outlook for Accounting Professionals?

If you’re considering a career in accounting, here are some figures you’ll like. From IBIS World, PayScale and the Australian Government Job Outlook Initiative:

  • The accounting industry is expected to grow by 4% each year over the next five year to be worth almost $20 billion
  • High employment growth: Over 50,000 job openings for accountants to 2018
  • Salary range for Accountants: $39,403 – $81,510
  • 7% of Accountants work full-time

What Are the Types of Accounting Courses?

There is a huge range of accounting courses available. These courses are offered to people living in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Australia wide. From beginners short courses to TAFE, all the way up to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. So it can be difficult to know where to start. Are you are looking to enter the accounting industry for the first time and don’t have any experience? A TAFE course such as a Certificate or Diploma in Accounting is a great place to start.

If you have some experience in Accounting and are looking to take the next step in your career, an undergraduate degree might be more suitable. Following on from this, a Postgraduate qualification in Accounting will take you to the top of the industry. Here is a brief look at the various levels of Accounting courses that are available and an explanation of each.

Short Courses

If you’re wanting to dip your toes into the world of accounting a short course might be for you. Short courses vary in length but are generally a matter of weeks. They can help you to gain a basic understanding of the industry or hone your skills in a particular area depending on the course.

Certificate III

A Certificate III qualification will generally be in the area of accounts administration. This is an entry-level course designed as an introduction to the financial services industry. It is a vocational education/TAFE-level nationally recognised qualification. Graduates of this course may be employed in roles such as accounts payable, payroll clerk, assistant accountant, customer service, accounts receivable and others. Generally there are minimal pre-requisites so applicants without experience in the field may apply.

Certificate IV

A Certificate IV in Accounting is also a vocational education or TAFE level qualification covering the basics of accounting. Students will learn fundamentals such as preparing financial statements, maintaining accounting systems (such as MYOB, XERO and others), reporting on business performance, completing BAS statements, preparing budgets and understanding accounts receivable and payable functions. This level of qualification will see graduates placed into roles such as accounts clerk, payroll clerk, BAS agent, accounts payable/receivable or other similar positions.

Diploma

Whilst still a TAFE level qualification, the Diploma of Accounting is slightly more in depth and tends to be longer in duration. Where Certificates will typically be less than one year in length, a diploma can take 1-2 years to complete. Graduates have specialised knowledge and skills in the field such as preparing tax returns, reporting on business performance and preparing financial statements. Upon completion, students will be applying for slightly more senior positions such as tax agents, accounts office manager or senior financial clerk.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate qualifications such as the Bachelor of Accounting or Bachelor of Business (Accounting) typically require the student to spend 3 years full-time. This can be fast-tracked and if the student has already completed a Diploma they may be eligible to receive first year credits. Delivery is available 100% online to give people the flexibility to study around other commitments. Graduates are qualified to work in areas like financial planning, funds management and professional accounting practices.

Postgraduate

Postgrad courses in Accounting include Graduate Cetificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters level qualifications. Applicants to these courses don’t necessarily have to have come from a strictly accounting background; they may come from other vocations. A postgraduate degree may be used to gain a deeper understanding of how accounting applies to other areas of business such as finance, operations, banking or as a specialisation in accounting. Postgraduate’s can take anywhere from 6 months to 4 years full-time.

Is accounting right for you?

It goes without saying that to be an accountant you need to enjoy numbers. Numbers and maths are an integral part of the day-to-day tasks and functions of every accountant. Whether you’re an entry-level accounts payable clerk or chief financial officer number will be part of your life.

Outside of being a whiz with numbers, accountants should have strong analytical and critical thinking skills. They should also be organised, detailed and be able to effectively communicate to clients and colleagues/employers.

Other skills that are important for accountants to possess include teamwork, initiative, problem-solving, communication, planning and organisation, innovation and technology. Being able to demonstrate these ‘non-technical’ skills to an employer or client will go a long way to achieving success in your accounting career.

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