FNSSS00014 - Accounting Principles Skill Set


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Next intakeJune, 2024
Study modeOnline
Total units7
Fee-Free TAFE course for eligible Queensland applicants in 2024


This nationally recognised skill set is the ideal way to build a foundation of knowledge for workers in accounting and bookkeeping job roles who use knowledge of accounting principles to perform a range of analytical tasks in a variety of industries.

This skill set addresses the skills and knowledge required to apply accounting principles in accounting and bookkeeping job roles in a variety of industries that involve a range of analytical tasks.

This skill set is a nationally recognised accredited course.

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In just 25 years, CQUniversity has achieved some amazing feats and emerged as one of Australia’s truly great universities. We have been ranked among the best in the world for our teaching and learning, and are internationally recognised for our focus on Social Innovation. Our graduates are some of the most sought-after in Australia, due to our reputation for work integrated learning and industry-aligned courses, and experience some of the nation’s best graduate outcomes in terms of full-time employment and starting salary. CQUni is also regarded as the nation’s most inclusive and engaged university, with our award-winning academic and research staff making a real impact on the communities and industries we serve.

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CQUniversity is truly focused on our students’ needs, and that means responding to what, how and where they want to study. It is why we are now Australia’s largest regional university, with more than 20 metropolitan and regional locations across five states, delivering TAFE and university qualifications in on-campus, online and supported online modes to more than 30 000 students.

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Career Opportunities

This qualification consists of competency in seven (7)  units. On successful completion of all 7 units, students will receive FNSSS00014 Accounting Principles Skill Set.

Career opportunities: Accounts Supervisor, Accounts Officer, Bookkeeper

Pathways: The units of competency within FNSSS00014, provide credit towards FNS40222 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping.

Structure & Availability

Online Course


12 mths - 18 mths

One (1) unit per 10 week study period

To ensure you can manage your study load, we recommend limiting your workload to no more than one (1) unit per study period.

Some students may progress at a faster rate based on their experience, knowledge, and skills, as they would be able to apply the actual context of workplace experience to their assessments.


FNSTPB411 and FNSTPB412 include a supervised assessment conducted via Zoom. These two units must not be enrolled for the same intake study period as the supervised assessments are held simultaneously for both units.


Unit CodeUnit Name
FNSACC321Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
FNSACC322Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers
FNSACC426Set up and operate computerised accounting systems
FNSACC421Prepare financial reports
FNSACC418Work effectively in the accounting and bookkeeping industry
FNSTPB412Establish and maintain payroll systems
FNSTPB411Complete business activity and instalment activity statements

Online Course

January, 2024Online
February, 2024Online
March, 2024Online
April, 2024Online
May, 2024Online
June, 2024Online
July, 2024Online
August, 2024Online
September, 2024Online
October, 2024Online
November, 2024Online
December, 2024Online

This course has no residential schools.


Students enrolling in an accredited skill set are exempt from the Basic Skills Builder Testing (bksb).

However, the applicant must acknowledge an online declaration, within the online application process, that the applicant has the necessary language, literacy, and numeracy (LLN) skills to undertake the study and/or will access LLN support if required.

Fees & Scholarships

Fee for service
Fee for service per unit
Fee-Free TAFE
RPL Fee for service per Unit

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This is a Fee Free TAFE course thanks to the Australian and Queensland Governments. Eligibility and conditions apply.

At CQUniversity, we believe that studying should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer scholarships, bursaries and stipends.

Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more

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