Course Overview

Qualification Code: FNS50217 | CRICOS Course Code: 097389E


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 tasks for organisations in a range of industries. Individuals in these roles apply solutions to a range of often complex problems, and analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources. They apply initiative to plan, coordinate and evaluate their own work and provide guidance to others within defined guidelines.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification considerations

Work functions in the occupational areas where this qualification may be used are subject to regulatory requirements. Refer to the FNS Financial Services Training Package Companion Volume Implementation Guide or the relevant regulator for specific guidance on requirements.

This qualification includes units that comprise an approved Tax Practitioner Board (TPB) course in Australian taxation law and commercial law, which are relevant for registration as a tax agent. Persons seeking registration with the TPB should check current registration requirements with the TPB, as registration requirements are reviewed regularly.


Sydney, Brisbane

Entry Requirements

  • be 18 years or older; and
  • have completed Year 12 or its equivalent with suitable English language skills.
  • International Students are also required to have an English ability at the IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.
  • Completion of the following seven units, or their equivalent, which constitute the requirements for the FNSSS00014 Accounting Principles Skill Set:
    • BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports
    • FNSACC311 Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
    • FNSACC312 Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
    • FNSACC408 Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry
    • FNSACC416 Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
    • FNSTPB401 Complete business activity and instalment activity statements
    • FNSTPB402 Establish and maintain payroll systems
  • OR
    Completion of FNS40217 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping or equivalent;
    Its superseded versions (FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping or FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting) or their equivalent.

Students will also be assessed for their suitability to study the course prior to enrolment.

Course Duration:

52 weeks. Full-time, 20 hours per week.

Career outcomes:

- Finance Sector Supervisor
- Assistant Accountant
- Tax Agents
- Accounts payable and receivable officers

Pathways for further study:

FNS60217 Advanced Diploma of Accounting or other Advanced Diploma qualifications

Course Structure

This qualification is made up of 11 units of competency (6 core units and 5 elective units).

6 Core Units


Provide financial and business performance information
Prepare tax documentation for individuals
Manage budgets and forecasts
Prepare financial reports for corporate entities
Implement and maintain internal control procedures
Provide management accounting information

5 Elective Units


Establish and maintain accounting information systems
Comply with financial services regulation and industry codes of practice
Prepare financial forecasts and projections
Evaluate business performance
Evaluate organisation’s financial performance

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