Bookkeeper and Challenger TAFE student Michelle Cherry likes to be prepared. So when this Secret Harbour resident learned that the requirements for lodging BAS statements for her clients would be changing, she set out to update her qualifications.
Michelle has just become one of the first students to complete a Certificate IV in Financial Services (Bookkeeping) at Challenger TAFE, a requirement for becoming a registered BAS Agent under new legislation.
“I chose to do my Certificate IV through Challenger TAFE because I knew I could be sure the course would cover all areas” she said.
“Challenger TAFE is well known and has a good reputation, so my clients will know that my qualifications are real.”
Michelle has been running her bookkeeping business, Impressive Bookkeeping, for two years. She has been working in bookkeeping for 11 years, ever since she started helping out her mum (also a bookkeeper) after finishing Year 10.
Michelle’s bookkeeping experience enabled her to apply for skills recognition for many of the units in the Certificate IV course.
“The process to get my knowledge and skills recognised was straight forward. It was so much easier than I expected” Michelle said.
Any remaining units Michelle still needed for her qualification could be done by flexible learning, either on-line or by self-paced study.
As well as running her bookkeeping business, Michelle has two young children and found flexible study suited her needs “Because I could do most of the work for those units from home and at a time that suited me, I found I could fit it in around the work for my clients and my family” she commented.
Now that Michelle has completed her Bookkeeping qualification she can focus completely on providing an excellent service for her clients.
“At the moment I get one or two new clients every month, and all of them through referral. My focus is on delivering a professional service, and I think I can say I’m getting that right!” Michelle said.