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Certificate IV in Accounting


  • Get vital accounting knowledge and real-world accounting skills
  • Become a certified bookkeeper or registered BAS agent – experience criteria applies
  • Study anywhere, anytime – whatever works best for you
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Duration Up to two years
How it works Study online. With a difference.
Price $1,950 up front | $82.50 per week (payment plan) | Gov. Funding if eligible
Career opportunities Certified bookkeeper | Registered BAS agent
Course topics Four modules
Units 13 units of competency | Nationally recognised
Course trainers Industry experts and thought leaders.
Pathways FNS50215 Diploma of Accounting | FNS60215 Advanced Diploma of Accounting
Entry requirements No formal prerequisites | RPL available | Some equipment needed
Assessments Multiple small assessments | No exams
Start date Immediately, or whenever you’re ready.
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Key Benefits

Learn MYOB or Xero

During your course, you’ll get to learn some of Australia’s leading accounting software packages. Choose whichever software is more relevant to your needs –  MYOB or Xero. You’ll get great software training resources, and student edition access to the software you choose, right up until you’re finished studying.

Nationally recognised

This course is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). If you’re looking for a pathway to higher education in Australia, this could be it.

Add the dual qualification

Pay just $175 more to enrol in the dual qualification. This means adding one more unit of competency to complete a FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting and FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping. Interested? Click here

Government funding

Living in Victoria or Queensland? You may be able to get government funding for your course. To see if you’re eligible, click here.

Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB): free membership

When you enrol, you’ll get free membership into the Institute worth $120! Membership means access to great resources and networking opportunities.  Click here to learn more.

TPB approved course

This course meets the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) education requirements to become a registered BAS agent.  Our ‘career opportunities’ section outlines the TPB experience criteria required.

Course Accreditation

You’ll need to complete each of these 13 nationally recognised units of competency in order to be awarded your FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting. If you’re considering upgrading to the Dual Qualification, bear in mind that you’ll need to add one additional unit.

Module 1

Establishing solid foundations…accounting fundamentals

Module 2

Show me the money! Financial statements and taxation

Module 3

Big bucks for business…payroll, activity statements and computing

Module 4

Clever calculations and procedures…professional practices


Course Assessments

Assessment formats include:

Career Opportunities

Looking for an industry that’s both exciting and reliable in terms of new jobs growth? You’ve come to the right spot. When you’ve completed this course, you’ll be able to use your new skills and qualification in a variety of roles, including (but not limited to):

Key opportunities include:

A growing industry

There’s never been a more exciting time to learn the accounting business. The skills you’ll pick up in this certificate can be used in a variety of different roles – not just full time accounting! You could start your own bookkeeping practice, giving you that work life balance you’ve always wanted. You could take on a finance or budget strategy role in your current organisation. It’s up to you.

IMPORTANT: Further requirements for becoming a registered BAS agent



When you complete your Certificate course, you may be eligible to move up to a Diploma course. For example, you could apply to study the Diploma of Accounting. The topics covered in the Diploma will be similar to the Certificate, but in more depth.

Your path will depend on the type of work you’re in, or where you’re aiming to go after you finish studying. For example, if you’re studying accounting so you can take on a finance-related role in a small business, you might explore a different aspect of small business in your next course.

Entry requirements

There aren’t any formal prerequisites. But to make sure you get the most out of training with us, the following enrolment process applies:

What equipment will I need?

You will need access to the following equipment to successfully complete the course:

Am I eligible for recognition of prior learning?

We may be able to take into account relevant knowledge and skills you’ve possibly gained through previous formal or informal training, education and employment. To find out more, refer to our Student Information Guide by clicking here, or get in touch with one of our friendly course consultants.

Course Topics

Module 1

Establishing solid foundations – accounting fundamentals

Module 2

Show me the money! Financial statements and taxation

Module 3

Big bucks for business – payroll, activity statements and computing

Module 4

Clever calculations and procedures – professional practices

Course Duration

Is there a maximum course completion time?

Yes; two years for the whole qualification. You must complete each module within six months.

Is there a minimum course completion time?

No. Except for some government funded students, students can complete the qualification as quickly as they choose.

What is the average course completion time-frame?

Students who are highly motivated and well organised can often complete the full course in nine months. The key factors that influence course completion are a student’s experience, time availability and work rate.

How it works

More than online.

You’ll get:

How does it work?

This course has been developed to give you absolute flexibility. Study on your couch, on public transport, on your break at work, out in the park – wherever and whenever you like. The best part is, with Monarch Institute, ‘online’ doesn’t mean ‘alone’. You’ll be backed by our trainers at every step along the way.

What support will I get?

Your trainer will be happy to contact you via phone, Skype, Zoom, TeamViewer, or email (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm). So you definitely won’t feel alone. You’ll also have access to our student Facebook groups, so you can discuss the material with other students. It’s a handy way to stay in touch with trainers and others in the same course.

Do you offer corporate workshops?

Yes. We’re the corporate training partner of choice for several large organisations. Our trainers can also conduct onsite training for groups of six staff or more. Corporate workshops can be scheduled for any location in Australia. Got a new satellite office with staff in need of training? Running a training retreat in an idyllic location (yes please!)? Our trainers can be there.

Corporate workshops are tailored to your organisation’s needs. Get in touch with our friendly course consultants for more information.

Course Price

Upfront payment

$1,950 (Total)

The most cost-effective option. Pay up front and save 10% compared to the total payment plan. Payment options include electronic funds transfer (EFT), credit card (Mastercard or Visa), cheque or cash.

Payment plan

$82.50 per week – paid over 26 weeks (Total: $2,145)

This option is suitable for students wanting to manage their cash flow. It’s handy if you want to get started right away, but don’t have the full amount on hand. Payment must be made with Mastercard or Visa.

Government funding

If you live in Victoria or Queensland, Monarch has government funded places.

To see if you are eligible for a government funded place, please click here to see the criteria. Or get in touch with one of our friendly course consultants.

Meet your trainers

Industry experts and thought leaders.
John Deininger
"The only choice we can make as a nation is the choice about our future."
- Hon Paul Keating

I am a qualified Chartered Accountant, with a career in financial services, working with both large and small chartered accounting firms, financial services businesses both in Australia and overseas and a mid-tier industry superannuation fund. I’ve worked in a volunteer capacity in the local community; I’m the treasurer of two community organisations.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

I enjoy the year-round wonders of the outdoors so close to Melbourne’s doorstep, while still hanging onto an inner city cosmopolitan life style, hopefully the best of both worlds. A bike, kayak, tent and xc skis are my most treasured possessions!

Jenny Hargreaves
Jenny Hargreaves
"Believe you can and you’re halfway there."
– Theodore Roosevelt

I’m a registered BAS agent, holding vocational and tertiary qualifications in bookkeeping, accounting, training and psychology. I’ve had 28 years’ experience in the financial services industry, including roles for a large Australian bank and a small Australian regional bank. I run my own bookkeeping company in NSW alongside my role as a trainer here at Monarch Institute.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

Once the first espresso of the day kicks in it all changes. As the ‘pawrent’ of two adorable dogs, I adopt their outlook on life. That is, live in the moment and always have a good stretch before doing anything.

Leanne Pagano
"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think"
- A.A. Milne

I am a registered tax agent with qualifications in Accounting and Training and Assessment.  I have my own small practice that I have been operating for over 10 years.

I’ve worked as a bookkeeper for small/medium businesses to an accountant in CPA firms.  I love sharing my knowledge and passion with students who are new to the field.  I have total understanding and empathy for our students who undertake online studies, fitting in their daily lives with study.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

I’m not much of a morning person!  I need my cup of tea to get me going before getting the menagerie of animals fed – dogs, chickens, rabbits, budgie and one lone pigeon that ensure I am up and about.

Any questions? Ask away!