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FNSSS00014 Accounting Principles Skill Set +
FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting

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The FNSSS00014 Accounting Principles Skill Set and FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting dual qualification is a gateway to accounting jobs in management of financial services and related industries. This dual course allows graduates to acquire knowledge and skills necessary to perform roles such as Tax Agents, Tax Agent assistant, Receivable Officers, Payroll Officers, and employees performing a range of accounting tasks for organisations.

Completion of FNSSS00014 Accounting Principles Skill Set is required first as it is comprised of 6 units that are pre-requisites prior to the commencement of the FNS50217 Diploma qualification. The units of competency in this skill set from the FNS Financial Services Training Package address the needs of individuals who apply knowledge of accounting principles to perform a range of analytical tasks in a variety of industries. If you are unsure about these requirements please contact us to get advice from our course advisor.

According to the Australian Government Job Outlook, accounting and finance roles are expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years as the demand for skilled financial and business advisors grows.

Graduates of this accredited course will be able to proficiently complete complex accounting tasks, coordinate and evaluate their own work, whilst also providing guidance to others. Graduates will also be able to complete skilled duties such as providing financial and business performance information, preparing tax documentation for individuals, managing budgets and forecasts, preparing financial reports for corporate entities, implementing and maintain internal control procedures, providing management accounting information, and more.

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Course summary

Course code
Qualification gained
Accounting Principles Skill Set +
Diploma of Accounting
Nationally recognised
Study mode
Flexible delivery (including online with some projects / activities and/or skills-based training)
Course fees
Pay up-front, pay by installment or completely customise your own payment plan here. Employers, ask about our group/corporate rates and traineeships availability.

No VET-FEE loan debt
Flexible duration
Up to 21 months
Study load
Start date
Start anytime
Assessment method
A combination of short answer questions and some extended responses
Associated with
institute of certified bookkeepers logo

Access to a student membership to Australia’s largest bookkeeping institute, the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB). Set yourself up for success with access to ICB support, resources, network meetings and more.

Career opportunities

  • Senior Financial Clerk
  • Office Manager
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable Officer
  • BAS Agent

Course units

Complete business activity and instalment activity statements**
Establish and maintain payroll systems**
Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry
Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
Set up and operate a computerised accounting system
Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
Prepare financial reports
Prepare financial reports for corporate entities
Provide management accounting information
Prepare tax documentation for individuals
Manage budgets and forecasts
Implement and maintain internal control procedures
Provide financial and business performance information
Establish and maintain accounting information systems
Use digital technologies to collaborate in the workplace
Develop and use complex spreadsheets
Lead effective workplace relationships

**An independent supervisor (family, friend or colleague) must observe you completing the assessment for these units.

Entry requirements

  • Access to a computer with word processing, PDF reader capabilities and an internet connection
  • A good command of written English
  • Ability to allocate appropriate study hours per week

If you have these essential requirements, then you can get started immediately.

Qualification pathways

  • Complete the required training and the assessment requirements
  • Have you studied a related course? Apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Are you currently working in a related industry? Apply for Recognition of Current Competency (RCC)
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"The Australian College tutors were very helpful and inspiring. Coming from various backgrounds, they offered industry relevant information, trends, and ideas 'outside the box' at a level of which I would otherwise not have had access.

They helped me to focus on the individual topics through the assignments and extract the most out of the course, making it directly relevant to the industry."

Marnie Bernard

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