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Certificate III in Accounts Administration

This course is for people who want to act as an accounts clerk.

In this course you will learn about ...

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This course is for people who want to act as an accounts clerk.

In this course you will learn about industry entry-level activities such as:

accounts payable/accounts receivable, payroll, cashier functions, preparation of trial balance, bookkeeping, EFT/e-business, purchases and sales, manual and computerised systems, and preparation of basic financial reports. 

This course will assist you in gaining the skills necessary to maintain the basic accounts of a business such as: accounts receivable/payable and computer based bookkeeping.

Course structure

The course structure below shows what you must do to complete this course. Units/modules are arranged in groups and sometimes also in subgroups.

You must complete each group as specified as well as following the course completion instructions. If a course contains optional groups there will be a statement at the top of the course indicating how many you must do. At the top of any group containing optional subgroups there will be a statement saying how many you must do.

Course contents

A total of 11 units must be completed - 7 core units plus 4 elective units.

Distance Learning Study Option


All module/units must be completed




Participate in OHS processes


Design & Produce Business Documents


Write simple documents


Process financial transactions and extract interim reports


Administer subsidiary accounts and ledgers


Perform financial calculations


Work effectively in the financial services industry


All module/units must be completed




Prepare financial reports


Produce spreadsheets


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


Process payroll

Computer Skills

Students will need to be able to operate a personal computer to access:

  • Web pages
  • Manage files
  • Conduct research
  • Use email (with attachments) 

Computer Requirements (Hardware/Software)

Home/Office computer

Windows, or equivalent

Microsoft Office, or equivalent

Career Opportunities

Possible work functions may include:

  • Filing, checking and processing financial data entry and processing accounts payable/accounts receivable;
  • Providing customer service in financial transactions;
  • Assisting in processing payroll;
  • Front line cashiering and bank account maintenance;
  • Assisting with entering transaction data to ledgers and maintaining a general ledger;
  • Processing purchases and sales including EFT/e-business;
  • Producing GST reports.

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements for this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is the process of assessing a candidate’s competence based on evidence other than a recent testamur listing identical or equivalent units. Evidence that may be used for recognition includes (but is not limited to)

  • older testamur listing identical or equivalent units together with evidence of currency
  • current testamur listing similar, but not equivalent, units of competence together with evidence of competence in the gaps between those units and the target units
  • evidence of competence gained through informal learning and/or work experience

 Credit Transfer is the process of acknowledging  successful completion of one or more units of competence with TAFE NSW or any other RTO. To have those units credited towards the current qualification, the student must be able to provide a testamur with transcript of competencies achieved.

If the date of the testamur is more than three years prior to the current enrolment the candidate will need to demonstrate that their competencies are still current. This changes the process from credit transfer to recognition.

Note: For Credit Transfer and RPL - Units are only considered ‘equivalent’ if the current Training Package lists them as such in the mapping of units from the immediately previous version of that Training Package.

If you have completed other relevant training, you may be eligible to have of competency from previous training counted towards completion for this course. If you think you may be eligible for recognition of units previously completed, talk to your teacher or workplace trainer.

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Finance Option Finance Available
Study Time 12 Months -Approximately 2 hours p/w

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