DurationFull-time 6 months, Part-time 1 year, Part-time 1.5 years
Gain a qualification that is essential to every business and organisation, and build the skills you need to start a career with endless opportunity.
Learn how to establish, operate and maintain an accounting system for small business entities, evaluate and implement business technologies, and manage day-to-day business activities. You will undertake structured learning activities and authentic assessments within a Practice Firm environment, designed to simulates real-world work experiences.
In this program you will undertake structured learning activities and authentic assessments within a Practice Firm environment that simulates real-world job roles.
We offer a blended learning model with opportunities for both face-to-face and live online classes. Most of your face-to-face learning will take place in RMIT's Swanston Academic Building which features innovative learning spaces interspersed with retail and social spaces resulting in a stimulating environment for students.
In addition to the simulated business environment, RMIT offers a variety of other learning and teaching approaches including seminars, workshops, presentations, group discussions and project work.
Through RMIT University’s online learning portal, myRMIT, you will be able to access online learning resources, collaborate with teachers and fellow students, and access your student email account.
Educational software, the Learning Hub, resources and printers are accessible on campus via the RMIT wireless network using your own laptop, tablet or smart phone or via computer facilities on-campus. You will be able to access the same software from home using myDesktop.
Find out more about student computing at RMIT.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes supervised tests, reports, oral presentations, group projects, and practical assignments.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
Industry guest speakers are invited to speak about current issues and will provide you with an experienced perspective on study topics and work-simulated scenarios.
The Industry Advisory Committee includes representatives of major accounting and bookkeeping professional bodies (Association of Accounting Technicians, Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, Institute of Public Accountants, Chartered Accountants [Australia and New Zealand] and CPA Australia) as well as high-profile industry practitioners from a broad cross-section of small and large organisations.
The days and hours of study while undertaking this certificate will vary according to whether you have a full-time or part-time study load.
A full-time study load may involve face-to-face classes for four days per week between the hours of 8.30am and 5.30pm.
A part-time (day) study load will typically involve scheduled, face-to-face classes of between one and four days per week, depending on exactly how many subjects are undertaken in each semester.
A part-time (evening) study load will involve live online classes of between one and four evenings per week, depending on exactly how many subjects are undertaken in each semester. Evening classes are scheduled between the hours of 6pm and 8pm from Monday through Thursday.
The Certificate IV comprises 13 subjects (8 core and 5 elective subjects) and assumes no previous work or study background in this field.
Major areas of study include:
- financial accounting
- budgets and spreadsheets
- legal systems and processes
- cloud computing
- BAS and payroll
- professional practice.
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Six months full time study
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Program code: C4398
National curriculum code: FNS40217
If you are eligible to apply via VTAC, copy and paste the below code into VTAC search.
- Plan C4398 - 3200372314
Please ensure that you have checked the admissions requirements and apply page before applying.
As a graduate of this course, you’re well positioned to seek employment in accounting and bookkeeping roles, or to pursue further education, including the Diploma of Accounting and Advanced Diploma of Accounting. You might even decide to open and manage your own small bookkeeping business.
On successful completion of this course, you will meet the minimum educational requirements to register as a BAS agent within Australia as prescribed by the Tax Practitioners Board under the Tax Agent Services Act (2009).
To improve your employability after completing this course, you might seek out a range of Job Shop workshops to build on your soft skills, broaden your skills through the Future Edge program, or add experience to your resume by undertaking volunteer work through Career Hub.
Current Year 12: Successful completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent; or the Australian Senior VCAL Certificate.
This program does not select on ATAR.
Non Year 12: Completion of post-secondary studies or at least 6 months’ work experience.
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification).
Visit the Entry requirements by country page to find the equivalent to an Australian Year 12.
Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post-secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 5.5 (with no individual band below 5.0)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 50 (with minimum of 5 in Reading, 5 in Listening, 14 in Speaking and 15 in Writing)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 42 (with no communication band less than 36)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 162 with no less than 154 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Upper Intermediate Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
This course offers pathways into further study at RMIT
Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred degree. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree and helping you get the degree you want.
Graduates of this course may be eligible for exemptions from a range of Bachelor of Business degrees, subject to meeting the entry requirements. For more information, explore our Pathway finder.
Credit and recognition of prior learning
Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience. Find out if you might be eligible.
Free TAFE for priority courses
The Victorian Government is currently waiving tuition fees for this program for students who meet eligibility requirements for government subsidised places.
JobTrainer is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth and State Government which provides additional funding for free or low-fee (20% of the listed tuition fee) training courses for young people and job seekers. Eligible applicants will be able to access up to one full qualification and one short course or skill set under the JobTrainer fund.
Visit Free TAFE for priority courses for further information on what this means and whether you may be eligible.
If you have any questions you can contact Study@RMIT.
The tuition fees below will apply if you are not receiving a Free TAFE or JobTrainer fee waiver.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
- 2022 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$800.00* per annum
- 2022 government subsidised place: AU$4,000* per annum
- 2022 full-fee place: AU$7,500* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Eligibility Exemption criteria
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving three (3) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and who have studied previously, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022 is $315.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.