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Study Bookkeeping with The Career Academy and receive an industry-recognised certification.

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This course will provide an overview of the accounting equation and the basic principles underlying the double entry system of accounting. It will include but not be limited to the function and purpose of accounting and its key concepts, a look at the principal qualitative characteristics and their effect on financial statements, and the basic and expanded accounting equation and its connection to the double-entry method of accounting.

This course will take a close look at the difference between the general journal and the general ledger, the chart of accounts, and fundamental rules in respect of when to debit or credit an account. It will include but not be limited to the definition and purpose of general journals, account categories, and how to prepare journal entries.

This course will provide an introduction to the General Ledger and the Trial Balance, and will include the process of posting source journals to the general ledger, how to calculate closing balances of general ledger accounts, as well as the purpose of a trial balance and how to prepare one.

This course will provide an introduction and overview of depreciation and will include but not be limited to the purpose of depreciation, how to calculate depreciation and the different calculation methods, as well as how to prepare journal entries using the straight-line method or the diminishing value method.

This course will provide an introduction to cash basis and accruals basis accounting concepts, and will include but not be limited to an overview of adjusting entries, a look at the key adjusting entries that need to be made at the end of the financial year, and how to prepare the balance day adjustments for a range of adjusting entries.

This course will take a close look at the purpose of financial statements, and will include but not be limited to the Profit & Loss Statement and the Balance Sheet and how to prepare these statements, the purpose of inventory and the two common inventory systems, how to prepare journal entries, and how to calculate the year-end stock adjustment.

This course will provide an introduction to Goods and Services tax (GST) and how this affects small businesses. It will include but not be limited to the key terms and basic principles of GST in New Zealand, the different methods to account for GST, how to calculate GST on sales and purchases as well as how to complete a simple GST return.

This course will take a look at seven employment law related Acts that relate to Payroll, and will include but not be limited to the fundamental payroll concepts including employer obligations, how to calculate leave entitlements and the employer’s role in the ACC Scheme and KiwiSaver.

This course will provide an overview of the different types of benefits that are included in the fringe benefits tax regime, including but not limited to the purpose of the fringe benefits system, how to calculate the taxable value of various fringe benefits, and how to complete a quarterly FBT calculation using the online IRD FBT calculator.

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of income tax with regard to small businesses. It will include but not be limited to the concept of assessable income and allowable deductions, how to calculate the income tax liability and income tax payable for an entity, and the accepted home office expense calculation.

This course will provide an overview of the MYOB Essentials accounting software package, including but not limited to understanding the chart of accounts & banking, managing contacts and managing sales within MYOB.

This course will provide an overview of how to use Xero, including but not limited to the benefits of using Xero and cloud computing, Bank Reconciliation & Managing Accounts in Xero, Xero Sales, Invoicing, Quotes & Inventory, plus Purchase & Bills.

This course will take a close look at the preparation of budgets, forecasts and cash flow management, including but not limited to the purpose of a budget and forecast, the importance and advantages of budgeting, how to prepare a budget and how to compare actual results with analyse variances as well as a look at the cash conversion cycle.

This course will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of Microsoft Excel, including but not limited to the key functions within the software including formulas, functions and data manipulation, how to add content to spreadsheets as well as formatting styles.

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There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites to enrol into this course. You can enrol online directly by clicking on “Enrol Now” and follow the prompts. Alternatively, you can enrol over the phone with our friendly student advisors. Give them a call on 080 0342 829 or email them at

This course costs $995 + GST or only $25 per week on a no deposit, interest free payment plan. Click here to get started now.

This course takes approximately 140 hours, and you’ll have up to 6 months to complete. Study in your own time, at your own pace. Most of The Career Academy courses are designed so that you do one module a week. But if life gets busy you can take longer and even apply for a course extension if you need more time.

Upon the completion of this course, you can obtain a job as a Bookkeeper, Office Administrator, Financial Controller or Payroll Administrator. These jobs in New Zealand earn approximately $58,000 per year but can be as high as $70,000 per year. (Payscale)

Contact a friendly student advisor on 0800 342 829 to find out about potential career outcomes and see where our courses can take you. Employers also constantly approach The Career Academy looking for students and employers also advertise jobs in the Career Centre (available once you enrol). You’ll also receive a FREE CV review.

This qualification is Internationally recognised. Our qualifications are highly sought after by employers around the world and accredited by global industry bodies such as ICOES.

Your course will be delivered through our online learning platform. You can access our online learning platform from any web browser 24/7 so you can work whenever and wherever you want. You can also interact with your tutors and other students within the learning environment. Online learning allows you to make the best use of your time and puts all the resources you need at your fingertips. There are no set course start dates, you can start whenever you are ready. Your tutors and student services will check in on your progress and help you every step of the way.

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Absolutely! You’ve got an 8-day cooling off period (or trial period) at the start of your course. Take that time to look through all your learning material and get a feel for online learning. If you decide the course isn’t for you within the trial period, you’ll get a full money back guarantee.

You ideally need to hold a Certification in Bookkeeping qualification from The Career Academy to become a certified bookkeeper. We also recommend you complete a Xero and MYOB qualification so you are fully equipped to provide bookkeeping services.

The Certificate in Bookkeeping certification is the best available in New Zealand. You’ll learn to balance the books, prepare GST returns, keep business accounts; analyse and interpret a profit and loss statement and balance sheets. Plus, you’ll receive some fantastic FREE benefits:

-FREE access to the MYOB Partner Program – get webinars and training, access to a Partner Dashboard listing all your clients in one place
-FREE access to the CCH Wheelers eLibrary with over 50 textbooks, including the Master Bookkeepers Guide
-FREE six months access to MYOB, plus receive the Official Xero Advisor Certification on completion

The Certificate in Bookkeeping is at level 4.
A bookkeeping certificate enables you to become a Certified Bookkeeper and gain professional recognition. You can advance your Bookkeeping career or start your own Bookkeeping business.
Absolutely! Becoming a certified bookkeeper will open up unlimited opportunities. It will also enable you to work from home and earn up to $50 per hour.
You can enrol in a Certificate in Bookkeeping with The Career Academy and study remotely from home with unlimited tutor support via email and phone.

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