Course Title: Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4398 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

Course Title: Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry

Portfolio: BUS Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T Vocational Business Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2019,
Term2 2019,
Term1 2020,
Term2 2020,
Term1 2021,
Term2 2021

Course Contact: Doug Gourlay

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5944

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work autonomously and in teams to complete work activities relating to the provision of accounting and bookkeeping services.

It applies to individuals who occupy roles with some responsibility and use a range of research and organisational techniques to establish and carry out their work requirements in the accounting industry.

Work functions in the occupational areas where this unit 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 regulatory requirements.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

FNSACC408 Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry


1. Develop professional working relationships

2. Identify compliance requirements and support materials

3. Set up and maintain systems to meet compliance requirements

4. Work autonomously or in a team to complete work activities

5. Develop and maintain own competency

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to:

  • establish and maintain effective relationships with clients and colleagues
  • research and identify organisational policies and procedures relevant to own role
  • develop systems and guidelines for work procedures that comply with legislative requirements
  • analyse, evaluate and organise information required for own role
  • effectively plan work and contribute to team environment, taking into account constraints and available resources
  • identify and evaluate opportunities for own professional development.


Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.


Knowledge Evidence

The candidate must be able to demonstrate the following knowledge to effectively complete the tasks outlined in the elements and performance criteria of this unit, and to manage tasks and reasonably foreseeable contingencies in the context of the work role.

  • Avenues for identifying other professionals in the accounting and bookkeeping industry
  • Requirements of accounting and bookkeeping industry codes of practice
  • Policies and procedures required for own role in the accounting and bookkeeping industry
  • Statutory, legislative and regulatory requirements for documenting accounting procedures


Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in the accounting and bookkeeping field of work and include access to:

  • organisational policies, procedures, legislation, regulations and codes of practice required for own role
  • office equipment, technology, software and consumables required for own role, including an integrated financial software system and data.


Assessors of this unit must satisfy the assessor requirements in applicable vocational education and training legislation, frameworks and/or standards.

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.


Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions.  You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course.