Course Description

A nationally recognised qualification under the FNS15 Financial Services Training Package, it will deliver a range of valuable skills required by clerical and administrative workers in finance departments and businesses. You'll be introduced to complex spreadsheets, payroll work, BAS (Business Activity Statement) services and more. It will also train you in fundamental office procedures, such as the use of business technology, as well as the MYOB computerised accounting system.

Designed to suit online learners, the course offers exceptional flexibility. Start anytime, study online from home and progress at your own pace. Experienced trainers provide valuable feedback throughout your course, and you'll have access to study resources and more via the online portal OpenSpace to help you make the most of your studies. Successful completion of the course could not only boost your prospects but provide the ideal platform for further studies.

Potential career outcomes

  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • Payroll Clerk
Course number E1082
Qualification name FNS30315 Certificate III in Accounts Administration
Course duration Maximum 18 months
Delivery Method Online
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Knowledge tests, Multiple choice questions, Projects, Short-answer questions, Verbal assessments, Written reports
Awarded by
  • Open Colleges (Provider number: 90796)

Education

There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.

English

This course involves reading learning content and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 12 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 12 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate III level or higher; or
  • 3 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.

Computing

You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Computing

Access to Accounting Software.

Digital equipment

You will need access to:

  • A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, image and audio files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
  • Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.

Skills

To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Compressing image files
  • Recording, compressing and uploading videos.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Module 1

  • Check and verify supporting documentation
  • Prepare and process banking and petty cash documents
  • Prepare and process invoices for payment to creditors and for debtors
  • Prepare journals and batch monetary items
  • Post journals to ledger
  • Enter data into system
  • Prepare deposit facility and lodge flows
  • Extract a trial balance and interim reports
  • Review accounts receivable process
  • Identify bad and doubtful debts
  • Review compliance with terms and conditions and plan recovery action
  • Prepare reports and file documentation
  • Distribute creditors invoices for authorisation
  • Remit payments to creditors
  • Prepare accounts paid report and reconcile balances outstanding

Module 2

  • Maintain asset register
  • Record general journal entries for balance-day adjustments
  • Prepare final general ledger accounts
  • Prepare end-of-period financial reports

Module 3

  • Select and prepare resources
  • Design document
  • Produce document
  • Finalise document
  • Plan document
  • Draft document
  • Review document
  • Write final document

Module 4

  • Obtain data and resources for financial calculations
  • Select appropriate methods and carry out financial calculations
  • Check calculations and record outcomes

Module 5

  • Select and prepare resources
  • Plan spreadsheet design
  • Create spreadsheet​
  • Produce simple charts
  • Finalise spreadsheets

Module 6

  • Establish payroll requirements
  • Record payroll data
  • Prepare and process payroll 
  • Handle payroll enquiries
  • Maintain payroll

The assessments for this unit require 40% of the unit to be supervised by an independent supervisor. The supervision should not be administered by a family member, friend or someone that has a close personal or professional relationship with the student undertaking the assessments. Organising this supervision is the responsibility of the student.

Module 7

  • Identify individual compliance and other requirements
  • Recognise and apply GST implications and code transactions
  • Report on payroll activities
  • Report on other amounts withheld, Pay As You Go (PAYG) instalments and taxes
  • Complete and reconcile the Activity Statement
  • Lodge Activity Statement

The assessments for this unit require 40% to be supervised by an independent supervisor. The supervision should not be administered by a family member, friend or someone that has a close personal or professional relationship with the student undertaking the assessments. Organising this supervision is the responsibility of the student.

Module 8

  • Work safely
  • Implement work safety requirements
  • Participate in WHS consultative processes

Module 9

  • Work within financial services industry guidelines, procedures and legislation
  • Communicate in the workplace
  • Work safely
  • Use workplace technology
  • Work in a team environment
  • Develop effective work habits

 

 

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Pay in full

If you pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a discount. When you pay in full, we don’t have to spend extra money on administration for tasks such as payment plan processing. Instead, we get to pass this saving onto you in the form of a discount.

Payment Plan

Pay for you course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

ZipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, you can switch to a zipMoney payment plan. Essentially, zipMoney pays your course fees for you, and you pay this loan back over 24, 36 or 48 months. As long as you are eligible, you can switch to a zipMoney plan at any time.


Find out more

Jason Roberts

Head of Portfolio, Business Administration and Management

Jason has over ten years’ experience in the VET sector, starting out as a trainer and progressing through to several management roles across various private RTO’s.

His strengths include quality management systems, operational management and project management. A wealth of experience in management and business across multiple industry sectors resulted in Jason running his own consulting business prior to joining Open Colleges.

Jason is a member of various industry bodies and on occasion can be seen presenting at some of their conferences.

Melissa Nettle

Melissa has been employed within the financial services industry for the past 18 years. During this time Melissa has had experience with general accounts, lending, insurances and OHS as well as training, assessing and development. Melissa also holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, obtained through further study with Open Colleges. She enjoys playing sport and in her spare time is a sports development officer and softball academy instructor.

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