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Certificate in Business Bookkeeping

This course will provide an overview of the accounting equation and the basic principles underlying the double entry system of accounting. It will include but not be limited to the function and purpose of accounting and its key concepts, a look at the principal qualitative characteristics and their effect on financial statements, and the basic and expanded accounting equation and its connection to the double-entry method of accounting. 

This course will take a close look at the difference between the general journal and the general ledger, the chart of accounts, and fundamental rules in respect of when to debit or credit an account. It will include but not be limited to the definition and purpose of general journals, account categories, and how to prepare journal entries. 

This course will provide an introduction to the General Ledger and the Trial Balance, and will include but not be limited to the process of posting source journals to the general ledger, how to calculate closing balances of general ledger accounts, as well as the purpose of a trial balance and how to prepare one. 

This course will provide an introduction and overview of depreciation and will include but not be limited to the purpose of depreciation, how to calculate depreciation and the different calculation methods, as well as how to prepare journal entries using the straight-line method or the diminishing balance method. 

This course will provide an introduction to cash basis and accruals basis accounting concepts, and will include but not be limited to an overview of adjusting entries, a look at the key adjusting entries that need to be made at the end of the financial year, and how to prepare the balance day adjustments for a range of adjusting entries. 

This course will take a close look at the purpose of financial statements, and will include but not be limited to the Profit & Loss Statement and the Balance Sheet and how to prepare these statements, the purpose of inventory and the two common inventory systems, how to prepare journal entries, and how to calculate the year-end stock adjustment. 

This course will provide an introduction to Goods and Services tax (GST) and how this affects small businesses. It will include but not be limited to an overview of GST in Australia, the key terms and basic principles of GST, the obligations a business has once they are registered for GST, how to calculate GST on a product or service as well as how to complete a basic BAS return. 

This course will take a look at the fundamentals of payroll and payroll management concepts, and will include but not be limited to employee record information that must be retained, the purpose of checking payroll data and how to reconcile payroll information, the different types of employees and how to determine the PAYG withholding tax that is to be deducted from wages.

This course will provide an overview of the MYOB Essentials accounting software package, including but not limited to banking features, managing contacts and managing invoicing and items within MYOB. 

This course will provide an overview of how to use Xero, including but not limited to the benefits of using Xero and cloud computing, Bank Reconciliation & Managing Accounts in Xero, Xero Sales, Invoicing, Quotes & Inventory, plus Purchase & Bills.  

This course provides an introduction to the Reckon One software, including but not limited to how to create a book and set up users and how to customise the general and tax settings

This course will take a close look at the preparation of budgets, forecasts and cash flow management, including but not limited to the purpose of a budget and forecast, the importance and advantages of budgeting, how to prepare a budget and how to compare actual results with analyse variances as well as a look at the cash conversion cycle. 

Advanced Certificate in Accounting

This course will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of Microsoft Excel, including but not limited to the key functions within the software including formulas, functions and data manipulation, how to add content to spreadsheets as well as formatting styles.

Accounting Principles

This course provides an introduction to accounting and business in Australia, including but not limited to the relationship between accounting, the legal system and business, the importance of the Australian framework, as well as the components of the Financial Statements.

This course will provide an overview of accounting for revenue and expenses and will include but not be limited to the accounting equation, a look at revenue expenditure and capital expenditure, and the components of a classified Income Statement for a small business.

This course will take a look at accounting for balance sheet items that influence the Profit and Loss, and will include but not be limited to how to apply correct treatment to property, plant and equipment (PP&E), how to determine inventory valuation, and how to apply fair value to accounts receivable.

Complete an assessment covering all content from the Accounting Principles program.

Advanced Accounting Principles

This course will take a look at accounting for cash, including but not limited to the importance of tracking cash for the survival of a business, how to prepare and maintain a cash tracking spreadsheet to plan cash flow, and how to prepare a Statement of Cash Flows and reconciliation to the Profit and Loss.

This course will provide an overview of how to support business for future internal decision making, including but not limited to preparing budgets and forecasts, how to report on variances between budgeted performance and actual performance, and a look at breakeven analysis.

This course provides an introduction to analysing financial reports and will include but not be limited to the users of financial analysis, the importance of the solvency test, analysing business performance and report on trends, problems and possible remedies.

This course provides an overview of the reporting filing requirements for different entities, including but not limited to the Statutory Financial Reporting Framework vs the Accounting Standards Framework, how to determine the appropriate accounting standards to be applied for general purpose financial reporting, and the foundations of the Special Purpose Financial Reporting Framework for For-Profit Entities.

Complete an assessment covering all content from the Advanced Accounting Principles program.

Management Accounting

This course will provide an introduction to cost classifications in Management Accounting, including but not limited to the differences between Product costs and Period costs, management accounting vs financial accounting, and the concept of different costs for different purposes.

This course will provide an introduction to variable and absorption costing methods, including but not limited to the definitions of variable and absorption costing and a look at the components that make up product and period costs for both types of costing.

This course will provide an introduction to the two product costing systems: job order costing and job process costing. It will include but not be limited to the weighted average unit cost method and the formula to calculate it, support department cost allocation, and a look at unit cost and processing departments.

This course will provide an introduction to standard costing and the importance of measuring (and reporting on) the variance between actual costs and standard costs. It will include but not be limited to the meaning of standard costing, the difference between quantity standards and cost/price standards, and a look at the variance analysis cycle.

Complete an assessment covering all content from the Management Accounting program.

Taxation

This course will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of income tax with regards to small businesses. It will include but not be limited to the concept of assessable income and allowable deductions, and a look at how to calculate the income tax liability and income tax payable for an entity.

This course will provide an introduction to Goods and Services tax (GST) and how this affects small businesses. It will include but not be limited to an overview of GST in Australia, the key terms and basic principles of GST, the obligations a business has once they are registered for GST, how to calculate GST on a product or service as well as how to complete a basic BAS return.

This course will provide an introduction and overview of depreciation and will include but not be limited to the purpose of depreciation, how to calculate depreciation and the different calculation methods, as well as how to prepare journal entries using the straight-line method or the diminishing balance method.

Accounting with Xero

Complete an assessment covering all content from the Accounting with Xero program.

Advanced Xero

Complete an assessment covering all content from the Advanced Xero program.

Accounting Practices

This course will take a look at putting accounting principles into practice using the Special Purpose Financial Reporting Framework for For-Profit Entities (SPFR for FPEs). It will include but not be limited to the reporting requirements for revenue, inventories, property, plant & equipment, as well as the reporting requirements for intangible assets and the impairment of assets.

This course will take a look at putting accounting principles into practice using the Special Purpose Financial Reporting Framework for For-Profit Entities (SPFR for FPEs). It will include but not be limited to the reporting requirements for financial instruments, provisions and contingencies, leases, as well as the reporting requirements for employee benefits and equity.

This course will take a look at putting accounting principles into practice using the Special Purpose Financial Reporting Framework for For-Profit Entities (SPFR for FPEs). It will include but not be limited to the reporting requirements for income taxes, GST, related party transactions and recognising events after balance date and their reporting requirements.

This course will provide an overview of the processes and tools that ensure the values in the Financial Statements are justified, including but not limited to the purpose of workpapers, balance sheet validation documents and referencing protocols.

This course will take a close look at a case study and the process of importing a trial balance into Xero. It will include but not be limited to how to prepare a full accounting analysis for the case study given and how to enter a trial balance and chart of accounts into Xero to prepare draft financial statements.

This course will take a look at how to prepare horizontal and ratio analysis, budget analysis, and forecasts, including how to create a two-year forecast using an Excel template and how to construct a Brief Management Report.

This course will provide an introduction to drafting, analysis and interpretation of financial statements of limited companies, including but not limited to identifying and recording transactions in accounts and ledgers following the principles of double-entry bookkeeping, and drafting the financial statements of unincorporated organisations from the accounts and records prepared.

This course will take a look at the role of the accounting function in an organisation and the importance of internal controls in minimising the risk of loss, and will include an evaluation of an accounting system to identify weaknesses and assess the impact of those weaknesses on the operation of the organisation.

Complete an assessment covering all content from the Accounting Practices program.

Auditing

This course will take a look at external audits of financial statements, including but not limited to the concept of assurance and the objective of audits conducted under International Standards on Auditing (ISA).

CAT Program Modules

In this module, you will look at the Evolution of the Accounting Technician, Public Practices and Market Trends Affecting Practice Owners and gain an understanding of Growth Opportunities and Business Planning Fundamentals.

In this module, you will look at the Code of Ethics and Accounting Standard board and gain an understanding of Professional Conduct for BAS agents, Statutory Regulations and Compliance.

In this module, you will look at the Research and Knowledge Management, discover the advantages of Professional Development and Association Education, and gain an understanding into Leveraging Industry Connections.

In this module, you will look at the Fee Structure and Terms of Engagement, understand Professional Quality and Standards of Work. Look at Insurances and how to Manage your Clients Expectations.

In this module, you will look at Risk Management, understand how to Protect your Practice with Internal Accounting Controls and Cyber Security. Gain insight into Privacy Policy and Confidentiality.

In this module, you will look at the People and Culture, define an Employee and a Contractor. Discover Offshoring and look at Training and Development and learn how to Identify Bottlenecks and Practice Workflow.

In this module, you will look at the Business Planning Strategies for Growth. How to Finance for Growth and some Insightful Client Accounting and Advisory Services. Learn how to Market Yourself as an Expert.

In this module, you will look at the Online Strategy and creating a Digital Transformation framework. Create a Digital Leadership mindset and adapt with Agility and Change

In this module, you will look at the Prioritising Wellbeing and Sustainable Business

The final assessment consists of 26 questions from across the nine modules, it includes multiple-choice, multiple responses, and correct order/selection questions. You have 2 hours to complete the assessment once started. If you do not reach the passing mark of 50% you have another chance to re-sit the assessment once within three months.

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There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites to enrol into this course. You can enrol online directly by selecting your course and clicking on “Enrol Now” and follow the prompts. Alternatively, you can enrol over the phone with our friendly student advisors. Give them a call on 1800 837 550 or email them at info@thecareeracademy.com.au

This course costs $2,450 + GST or only $25 per week on a no deposit, interest free payment plan. Click here to get started now.

This course takes approximately 400 hours, and you’ll have up to 18 months to complete. Study in your own time, at your own pace. Most of The Career Academy courses are designed so that you do one module a week. But if life gets busy you can take longer and even apply for a course extension if you need more time.

Upon the completion of this course, you can obtain a job as a Bookkeeper. These jobs in Australia earn approximately $68,250 per year but can be as high as $80,000 per year. (Payscale)

Contact a friendly student advisor on 1800 837 550 to find out about potential career outcomes and see where our courses can take you. Employers also constantly approach The Career Academy looking for students and employers also advertise jobs in the Career Centre (available once you enrol). You’ll also receive a FREE CV review.

This qualification is Internationally recognised. Our qualifications are highly sought after by employers around the world and accredited by global industry bodies such as ICOES.

Your course will be delivered through our online learning platform. You can access our online learning platform from any web browser 24/7 so you can work whenever and wherever you want. You can also interact with your tutors and other students within the learning environment. Online learning allows you to make the best use of your time and puts all the resources you need at your fingertips. There are no set course start dates, you can start whenever you are ready. Your tutors and student services will check in on your progress and help you every step of the way.

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Absolutely! You’ve got a 10 day cooling off period (or trial period) at the start of your course. Take that time to look through all your learning material and get a feel for online learning. If you decide the course isn’t for you within the trial period, you’ll get a full money back guarantee.

A Bookkeeping Technician maintains complete sets of books, keeps records of accounts and provides bookkeeping services. The most common designation for a Bookkeeping Technician is an AAT Qualified Bookkeeper.
Absolutely. Both accounting technicians and accounts largely perform the same tasks.
You should complete the Certificate in Business Bookkeeping & AAT Assessment of competence to become an AAT Qualified Bookkeeper.
Most students take up to 18 months to complete this course.
You can become a qualified bookkeeper in as little as 10 weeks. Most people take approximately 6 months to become a qualified bookkeeper.
AAT technician is at level 4
The most popular AAT course is the AAT Accounting Pathway Program or the AAT Accounting Technician Pathway for Bookkeepers.
Absolutely. The Career Academy offers AAT courses online with unlimited tutor support via phone and email. You have 24/7 access to your course material.
A fully qualified accounting technician can earn up to $60,000 per annum.

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