Diploma of Accounting

National Code: FNS50215 NRT Logo


CRICOS Code: 087995K


This qualification reflects professional accounting job roles in financial services and other industries. It contributes to, but does not encompass, educational requirements for providing tax agent services. A tax agent service is any service that relates to:

  • Ascertaining or advising about the liabilities, obligations or entitlements of an entity under a taxation law; or
  • Representing an entity in their dealings with the commissioner of taxation.

A tax agent service includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • A Business Activity Statement (BAS) service;
  • Preparing or lodging an approved form about a taxpayer’s liabilities, obligations or entitlements under a taxation law;
  • Giving a taxpayer advice about a taxation law that the taxpayer can reasonably be expected to rely upon to satisfy their taxation obligations; or
  • Dealing with the Commissioner on behalf of a taxpayer in relation to a taxation law.

Persons providing a tax agent service must be registered by the Tax Practitioners Board and meet educational and other requirements for registration including a designated period of experience. Persons seeking tax agent registration should check current registration requirements with the Board as this is regularly under review.

Entry Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Completed an overseas equivalent of Year 12
  • Must meet Student Visa Requirements
  • Proficient in English International Students require either an
    • IELTS level of 5.5 or
    • TOEFL 527 (paper based) or
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) 42.
  • Be able to read and comprehend course requirements.
  • Have an intermediate to advanced level of understanding of computers and the internet to assist with conducting research and complete assessments
  • May have completed Certificate IV in Accounting or similar
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Satisfactorily completed Year 12 or equivalent
  • Or
  • Have evidence of completion of a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) at exit level 3 or above of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both literacy and numeracy examination
  • Be able to read and comprehend course requirements.
  • Have an intermediate to advanced level of understanding of computers and the internet to assist with conducting research and completing assessments
  • May have previously completed a Certificate IV in Accounting or similar qualification

Delivery Mode

This course is offered full time face-to-face

This course is offered full time face-to-face


The requirements of the AQF volume of learning for Diploma level qualifications is 1 – 2 years. Total volume of learning for the FNS50215 Diploma of Accounting is 1410 hours which is allocated as follows:

  • 800 hours Face to face classroom delivery
  • 300 hours Assignments and assessments
  • 310 hours Self paced study

The training and assessment activities are required to be completed by students to achieve the learning outcomes of this qualification. If students have previous relevant experience, where RPL is awarded, the total volume of learning may be reduced below the Australian Qualifications Framework Volume of Learning requirements.

This qualification has been designed for experienced students so time frames have been adjusted to meet volume of learning requirements and allow sufficient time to acquire required skills and knowledge.


Fees and charges vary between courses, please contact Australian Vocational Learning Centre directly to know the current course fees.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer – Students with prior learning and work experience can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. Learners who have completed corresponding units of competency and/or units contained within the packaging rules can apply for Credit Transfer.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is progressive through the qualification with multiple assessment tasks to be completed for each unit of competency. Assessment tasks and methods will vary from unit to unit may include a combination of:

  • Role-plays
  • Written examinations
  • Written/Verbal questioning
  • Case studies
  • Practical Projects
  • Research Reports
  • Assignments used to assess required skills and knowledge

Assessment marking system:

  • Satisfactory (S) result: the student’s submitted work satisfies the learning requirements and all competency standards for the unit (in accordance with the National Register www.training.gov.au).
  • Not Yet Satisfactory (NYS) result: the student’s submitted work does not demonstrate their understanding of all competency standards in the unit. If a student receives a ‘not yet satisfactory’ outcome, he or she will receive written feedback from a trainer/assessor, clearly outlining where the gaps are. The student will then be required to rectify these gaps and re-submit their assessment for marking.

Once a student receives a satisfactory result for all required assessment tasks a competent (C) outcome will be awarded for the entire unit. The student must demonstrate their understanding of all competency standards in each unit before receiving a competent outcome.


This qualification will provide a pathway to FNS60215 Advanced Diploma of Accounting or accounting qualifications in Higher Education Institutions

Employment Opportunities

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. A possible job title relevant to this qualification is:

  • Accounts Manager
  • Accountant

Course Structure

To successfully complete the FNS50215 Diploma of Accounting students are required to complete eleven units of competency consisting of the units as listed below (five core and six electives).

Unit CodeUnit Name
FNSACC502Prepare income tax returns for individuals
FNSACC503Manage budgets and forecasts
FNSACC501Provide financial and business performance information
FNSACC507Provide management accounting information
FNSACC301Process financial transactions and extract interim reports
FNSACC504Prepare financial reports for corporate entities
FNSACC506Implement and maintain internal control procedures
BSBFIA401Prepare financial reports
FNSACC505Establish and maintain accounting information systems
FNSBKG405Establish and maintain a payroll system
FNSACC406Set up and operate computerised accounting system

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