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Certificate in Business Bookkeeping

Become confident with bookkeeping in just ten weeks!

Learn to balance the books with this online course. You’ll be able to prepare GST returns, and keep business accounts. Learn to analyse and interpret a profit and loss statement and balance sheet.


This course is perfect for business owners who wish to save money by managing their own accounts and GST returns.

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Key Benefits

  • Gain skills in Bookkeeping – increase your job prospects or use your skills to run your own business
  • Become an expert in the most widely used bookkeeping systems; Xero and MYOB
  • Flexible online study lets you work at your own pace, at a time that fits your schedule
  • Learn online, at your own pace, with tutor support by phone and email
  • Flexible online study – work at your own pace in your own time. We can work around you!
  • Developed and delivered by an IAB Accredited Training Provider
  • The Career Academy is a Xero Education Partner with Xero Learn – get up to six months access to Xero included with your course

Course summary

Investment: $995 + GST or from only $25 per week with our interest free payment plan


Assessments: 12 modules / 12 assignments, includes case studies, quizzes, written assessments


Duration: A total of 100 hours to be completed within six months. Study at your own pace!


Access Time: You will have access to this course for up to 6 months until you complete


Delivery & support: This course is delivered online with tutor support by phone and email.


Qualification information: Upon successful completion, receive Xero’s official advisor certification in addition to your course qualification

Potential Career Outcomes

The Career Academy’s bookkeeping graduates start their own bookkeeping business or work in small to medium-sized businesses. On completion of this course, you may apply for jobs such as:


  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll Officer
  • Financial Advisor
  • Assistant Accountant

Career Projections

The availability of Bookkeeping-related roles in Australia is expected to increase resulting in 50,000+ job openings over the next 5 years. The salary range for Bookkeepers is between $49,492 – $60,574 per year.

Sources: Seek, The Department of Education

This course is designed for

  • Those who want to work from home
  • Those who want to become a Business Bookkeeper
  • Job seekers wanting to upskill in the bookkeeping industry
  • Business owners who wish to save money by managing their own accounts and GST returns

The Certificate in Bookkeeping modules

  1. Accounting and Bookkeeping Fundamentals
  2. General Journal
  3. General Ledger & the Trial Balance
  4. Depreciation
  5. Adjusting Entries
  6. Financial Statements
  7. Understanding GST
  8. Fundamentals of Payroll
  9. Accounting with MYOB Essentials
  10. Accounting with Xero
  11. Accounting with Reckon One
  12. Budgeting, Forecasting and Cashflow Management

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Accounting and Bookkeeping Fundamentals

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:


  • Explain the function and purpose of accounting.
  • State the different forms of accounting information.
  • Identify external and internal users of accounting information and how they would use the information.
  • List the steps in the accounting cycle.
  • Explain the key concepts and assumptions underlying accounting.
  • Explain the principal qualitative characteristics and their effect on financial statements.
  • Define the basic and expanded accounting equation and explain how it is connected to the double-entry method of accounting.
  • List the different account categories and the type of accounts associated with each category.
  • Apply the accounting equation and double-entry accounting when analysing financial transactions.
  • Distinguish between accounts receivable and accounts payable.

General Journal

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:


  • Distinguish between the various source journals.
  • Define general journals and their purpose.
  • Identify the key components of a general journal entry.
  • State what the chart of accounts is and what account categories are included in the Chart of Accounts.
  • Identify which account categories have a default debit balance and which have a default credit balance.
  • Prepare journal entries applying debit and credit rules.
  • Prepare journal entries for accounts receivable, accounts payable, wages and owners’ equity accounts.

General Ledger & the Trial Balance

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:


  • Outline the steps required to post from source journals to the General Ledger.
  • Post source journals to the general ledger.
  • Calculate the closing balances of general ledger accounts.
  • Prepare general ledger accounts.
  • Explain the purpose of a trial balance.
  • Prepare a trial balance.
  • Explain errors that can occur in the trial balance.
  • Explain how reconciling accounts can verify the accuracy of a trial balance.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:


  • Explain what depreciation is and why it is used.
  • State what assets can be depreciated.
  • Distinguish between the Straight-line method and Diminishing Balance method of depreciation.
  • Calculate depreciation and prepare journal entries using the Straight-line method.
  • Calculate depreciation and prepare journal entries using the Diminishing Balance method.
  • Calculate the gain/loss on the sale of a depreciable asset.
  • Demonstrate how depreciation is recorded in the financial statements.

Adjusting Entries

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:


  • Distinguish between the cash basis and accrual basis of accounting.
  • Discuss the purpose of adjusting entries.
  • Identify the key adjustments and accounts involved in adjusting entries.
  • Interpret and prepare the balance day adjustments for a range of adjusting entries.

Financial Statements

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:


  • Explain the purpose of the Profit and Loss Statement, and both calculate the totals of the accounts and categorise the accounts that are included in this statement.
  • State the common expense categories included in the Balance Sheet, and both calculate the totals of the accounts and categorise the accounts that are included in this statement.
  • Define what inventory is and distinguish between the two common inventory systems.
  • Prepare the journal entries that are required using both inventory systems.
  • Apply purchase and sales returns, and discounts allowances when preparing the financial statements.
  • Prepare journal entries for the opening and closing inventory.
  • Calculate the year-end stock adjustment.
  • Prepare the Profit & Loss Statement and Balance Sheet for a company.

Understanding GST

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:


  • Identify an overview of GST in Australia.
  • Recognise the major principles of GST.
  • Identify when GST registration is required.
  • Recognise the obligations a business has once they are registered for GST.
  • Identify the components of a valid sales invoice.
  • Identify what the term attribution means and how this affects the GST returned to the ATO.
  • Compare and contrast the cash basis and accrual basis for reporting GST.
  • Calculate the GST on a product or service.
  • Complete a basic BAS return.

Fundamentals of Payrol

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:


  • Explain the importance of payroll security, including control measures.
  • Identify employee record information that must be retained.
  • Explain the purpose of checking payroll data, and how to reconcile payroll information.
  • Identify the key employee declaration forms and when each is to be completed.
  • Explain what PAYG Withholding tax is.
  • Identify the difference between a contractor and an employee, and the different types of employees.
  • Explain what the National Employment Standards (NES) and Modern Awards are, and how these relate to wage payments.
  • Explain what is meant by the term “Protected Earnings Amount (PEA)” and calculate the net pay after child support deductions for an employee.
  • Calculate the PAYG amount and the lump sum annual leave payment of an employee where loading exists and where no loading applies.

Accounting with MYOB Essentials

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this section you will understand how to:


  • Describe what MYOB Essentials is.
  • Identify the functions you can perform in the software.
  • Explain cloud computing.
  • Recognise the system requirements for this software.
  • Recognise the important elements of the Dashboard.
  • Identify the Banking area of the Dashboard.
  • Outline how to set up and manage bank feeds.
  • Outline how to manually import bank statements.
  • Identify the bank transactions page and perform the different functions on this page.
  • Describe how to match bank transactions.
  • State how to allocate bank transactions and create allocation rules.
  • Explain bank reconciliations in Essentials.
  • List why contacts are created.
  • Identify how to create and manage contacts.
  • Explain how to find a contact via filtering or sorting.
  • Explain how to use contacts in transactions.
  • Prepare quotes.
  • Locate the Invoice page and where to view them.
  • Prepare invoices.
  • Locate the customer invoices report.
  • Prepare customer payments.
  • Prepare customer returns.
  • Process customer returns.
  • Locate the sales history page.
  • Prepare customer statements.
  • Explain what items are and where they can be accessed.
  • Produce new items and modify current items.

Accounting with Xero

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this section you will be able to:


  • Explain cloud computing and the benefits of using Xero.
  • Identify how to get started with Xero.
  • Recognise the difference between the Demo Company and other companies you may set up in Xero
  • Recognise and navigate your Xero Dashboard.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how bank feeds work.
  • Explain the purpose of bank reconciliation and how this works in Xero.
  • Understand how overpayments and prepayments are treated in Xero.
  • Apply the various bank reconciliation options including create, transfer, match & discuss.
  • Understand how to create and apply bank rules to a range of transactions.
  • List the different invoice types available in Xero and describe each of their definitions.
  • Identify the customisable details that present on an invoice.
  • Identify the two customer statement types.
  • Summarise how to create invoices, quotes, repeating invoices and credit notes.
  • Summarise how to customise templates and apply branding themes.
  • Differentiate between tracked and untracked inventory.
  • Describe the process of adding new inventory items.
  • Explain the processes for managing bills, repeating bills and credit notes with Xero.
  • Convert source documents to bills, repeating bills and credit notes.
  • Apply payments and partial payments to bills.
  • Describe to how perform batch payments and send remittance advice.
  • Summarise how to modify payments to bills made in error.

Budgeting, Forecasting and Cashflow Management

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:


  • Identify what a budget and a forecast is and the difference between them.
  • Recognise the importance and advantages of budgeting.
  • Know how to prepare a budget.
  • Understand how to compare with actual results and analyse variances.
  • Identify what a cashflow budget is.
  • Explain what the cash conversion cycle is and how to manage it.

Bookkeeping using Microsoft Excel

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:


  • Access and save excel templates.
  • Demonstrate how to open an Excel file and save this using a specific name.
  • Identify and apply formulas and functions to calculate data.
  • Demonstrate how to add content, such as pictures and charts, to spreadsheets.
  • Apply filters to spreadsheet data.
  • Demonstrate how to sort and manipulate spreadsheet data.
  • Apply a range of formatting styles to spreadsheet data.