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Certificate III in Financial Services (Accounts Clerical) (FNS30304)

Industry Group: Finance, Banking and Insurance


Occupation Type: Accounts Clerk


This course is appropriate for a person working as an Accounts Clerk. Entry-level study for employees in industry, business and government working in accounting who perform routine duties. This qualification is the foundation for further VTE studies in accounting.


Career Opportunities

Accounts clerk, payroll clerk, inventory clerk, cashier, bookkeeper and accounts receivable and accounts payable clerks.


Entry Requirements

Admission may be granted on the basis of previous study, relevant work experience or employment, completion of Year 11, or a satisfactory level of literacy and numeracy.


Estimated completion time: 0.5 year/s

Part time study is also available.


Course Structure

To achieve a Certificate III in Financial Services (Accounts Clerical) students must complete a total of THIRTEEN (13) units of competency. This comprises FOUR (4) industry core units plus FIVE (5) sectoral core units plus FOUR (4) elective units of competency.


Total Nominal Course Hours: The total Nominal Course Hours for the sequence listed below is 435. Total nominal hours will vary depending on the elective units selected.


ELECTIVE units may be selected as follows:
  • All 4 elective units may be selected from the Financial Services Training Package units appropriate at Certificate III level
  • Of the 4 elective units, 2 may be taken from units suitable at Certificate IV level
  • Of the 4 elective units, 2 may be selected from other endorsed Training Packages units in accordance with other packaging guidelines for this qualification
  • The choice of electives should be appropriate to the level and integrity of the qualification and to the workplace outcomes it is designed to meet.

Students should always check with the course coordinator about the suitability of other elective units than those already recommended. (NOTE: BSBCMN308A is a prerequisite unit to FNSACCT407A, a core unit in the Certificate IV and BSBCMN214A is the only Certificate II unit available for inclusion in this qualification).


PLEASE NOTE: The following elective units may also be available at Alice Springs Campus only. ELECTIVE UNITS OF COMPETENCY
-FNSICACC301B Administer accounts payable-60
-FNSICACC302B Administer financial accounts-10

-FNSICACC307B Reconcile and monitor accounts receivable-50


This qualification is designed to reflect the role of entry-level employees who perform routine duties such as:
  • accounts payable/accounts receivable
  • Payroll
  • Cashier
  • Preparation of trial balance
  • Bookkeeping
  • Electronic funds transfer (EFT)/e-business
  • Purchases and sales
  • Manual and computerised systems
  • Preparation of financial reports
Employability Skills

Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications.


Skills Recognition


-Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.
This can include skills from:
  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college,
  • through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).
RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.


Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.


-Credit Transfer or Recognition of Previous Study


Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.
Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.


In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.


Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.

There are English Language Requirements for International Students.

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