Institute of Certified Bookkeepers
Level 27, Rialto South Tower
525 Collins Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel - 1300 85 61 81
Fax - 1300 85 73 93
e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
This qualification reflects the role of individuals who use well-developed skills and a broad knowledge base in a wide variety of contexts and environments. They apply solutions to a defined range of problems, and analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources in relation to a variety of tasks. They may provide guidance to others with some limited responsibility for the output of others.
This qualification is designed to reflect the role of contract bookkeepers and employees performing in the role of bookkeeper for organisations and who perform duties such as:
Do I have to have one?
No, unless you want to be a BAS Agent.
Either through classroom training, distance education or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
ICB lists a number of these RTO's whom have applied to ICB to be recognised and promoted by us as Accredited Trainers. Accredited Trainer means that we have had a look at their offerings and believe their style of training is appropriate for bookkeepers and worth you considering.
Click here to search for a trainer by classroom, distance or online.
We have also put together a list of training providers we would like to recommend as we believe - from information we have been able to obtain - that these providers are well equipped to deliver the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping, click here for all the details. We are actively working with these training providers and others to ensure there is a style of training or recognition of prior learning that is appropriate to our members. ICB continues to work with training providers to provide a method to recognise your competence as efficiently and effectively as possible.
If you aspire to become a Registered BAS Agent under TASA 2009 then you will need to obtain this qualification!
While there are many providers, some of these RTO’s with the course "in scope" are yet to provide the course and our investigations indicate they are yet to truly have the ability to provide the course. We become very concerned when the provider is unable to give us any details as to the type of training or type of materials, answering with the comment "We provide all those details once the student has enrolled". Some providers are NOT geared up to consider providing the course to experienced bookkeepers in the workforce.
We recommend that you consider those providers who:
When investigating the course providers, you should consider Recognition of Prior Learning, or assessment, however, ensure you find out what the process is following assessment. A cheap assessment process may only lead to expensive and extensive further education before you move towards receiving the qualification.
13 units must be achieved:
The 4 elective units may be selected from the elective units listed below, any endorsed Training Package or accredited course. Elective units may be selected from a Certificate IV or Diploma qualification; 2 elective units may be selected from a Certificate III qualification. Elective units must be relevant to the work outcome, local industry requirements and the qualification level.
Core Units of Competency
Elective Units of Competency
Note: The workplace context for this qualification should guide the selection of elective units. Examples of appropriate units in the elective bank that may suit particular work contexts include:
Small Bookkeeping Business Owner
Permanent Paid Bookkeeper - Working for an Enterprise
We constantly get asked which RTO should people use to study their Certificate IV? Here is our list of questions to ask when assessing the RTO. What do you think? What would you add?
Speak to the head of the department or senior lecturer/assessor.
For distance learning:
For classroom learning:
TPB Code of Professional Conduct knowledge requirements
If you are a current BAS Agent, it is expected that you have knowledge of the Code of Conduct through firstly reading the entire document on the TPB website, (as this is a requirement of registration), and also through ongoing Professional Development activities.
If you are not currently registered but intend to apply for new BAS Agent registration, then from 1st July 2013, it will be a requirement for your qualification to include a component on knowledge of the Professional Code of Conduct—but at this stage it is not required to be a separate unit, simply that it is covered as part of the qualification, or embedded within units relevant to GST and BAS principles. The training organisation should be able to verify that this information is covered in the course.
In our newsletters we often include a section on Applying the Code of Professional Conduct—reading this would be considered to fulfil this requirement of knowledge, as would attending our network meetings which often discuss Code of Conduct issues. Also if you read our BAS Agent Guide Volume 2 you will cover this.
The TPB requirement is approximately 3 hours or half a day. If you read all our information on this topic as above, you will certainly log 3 or more hours.
It would only be required that you undertake separate study on the Code of Conduct if you have not had anything to do with the TASA 2009 or the Professional Code of Conduct; ie if you are applying for registration after 1st July, 2013 and if your qualification has not covered it already. This would be unusual. So far we are not aware of anyone offering a stand-alone course on this topic that is worth doing.
The ICB are working towards an assessment on the Code of Conduct which will be included in future editions of our BAS Agent Guide. This would fulfil the requirements of the TPB Code of Conduct knowledge as well as count towards Continued Professional Development hours.
Click here for more details on the TPB Code of Conduct.
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