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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.


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FAQs about our Bookkeeping courses

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

This course costs $995 + GST or only $25 per week on a no deposit, interest free payment plan. Click here to get started now.

This course takes approximately 140 hours, and you’ll have up to 6 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.

If you would prefer to become a Qualified Bookkeeper, we recommend you complete the AAT Pathway for Bookkeepers. We also recommend you complete a Xero and MYOB qualification so you are fully equipped to provide bookkeeping services. We also recommend you complete a Certificate IV in Accounting & Bookkeeping if you want to become a Certified Bookkeeper in Australia.
The best Bookkeeping certification for those who want to become a Qualified Bookkeeper is the AAT Pathway for Bookkeepers. This includes the Certificate in Business Bookkeeping, plus the AAT assessment of competence. You’ll learn to balance the books, prepare BAS returns, keep business accounts; analyse and interpret a profit and loss statement and balance sheets. Plus, you’ll receive some fantastic FREE benefits: 
  • FREE access to the MYOB Partner Program – get webinars and training, access to a Partner Dashboard listing all your clients in one place 
  • FREE access to the CCH Wheelers eLibrary with over 50 textbooks, including the Master Bookkeepers Guide 
  • FREE six months access to MYOB, plus receive the Official Xero Advisor Certification on completion 
The levels vary depending on whether you want to become a Certified Bookkeeper or Qualified Bookkeeper.
A bookkeeping certificate enables gain professional recognition. You can advance your Bookkeeping career or start your own Bookkeeping business.
Absolutely! Becoming a certified bookkeeper will open up unlimited opportunities. It will also enable you to work from home and earn up to $50 per hour.
You should complete a Bookkeeping qualification and then start your own business working from home. Most Bookkeepers who work from home can earn up to $50 per hour.

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