Certificate: Accounting Technician NQF3

This is the introductory level of the AT(SA) qualifications. The Certificate: Accounting Technician Qualification consists of five units with five computer-based assessments (CBAs). This level covers a range of basic accounting practices and techniques, from costing and double-entry bookkeeping to computerised accounting. The learner will also gain invaluable self-management and time management skills and will develop an appreciation of ethical issues and sustainability, which is essential for any workplace.

Course code


Accreditation status

Registered with AT(SA) and accredited by FASSET.

  • SAQA ID: 73710
  • NQF level: 3
  • Credits: 120

Course duration

8-10 Months

Entry requirements

  • The qualification is open access and Credo Business College undertakes an initial assessment to determine at which stage of the qualification the learner should begin. This involves examining the learners previous learning and current skills in accounting.
  • To study this course, learners need to be competent in:
    • English Language literacy
    • Computer literacy
    • Mathematical literacy.

Assessment and Award

Competency-based assessment:
AT(SA) qualifications are competency-based qualifications. This means that the learner must display competency in each task according to minimum standards. There are no percentages. A learner is found to be either Competent or Not Yet Competent in the module. A learner has access to various opportunities to become Competent, but based on the cost of an assessment we advise that the learner only do the final assessment once they are competent in the practice assessment and confident that they understand all the aspects in the module. There is a practice assessment for each module that the learner can do online; the learner needs to schedule a practice assessment with us, as it is a live assessment through the internet. There is no cost involved in taking the practice assessment.

Computer Based Assessments:
The assessments of the AT(SA) qualifications are done through Computer Based Assessments (CBAs). The timetable for CBAs will be set according to the learner’s training schedule. Credo Business College will arrange the assessment at a computer centre as close to the learner as possible. The travelling and accommodation (if needed) will be for the learner’s own account.

Upon completion of this course, students will be awarded a Certificate: Accounting Technician NQF Level 3 from SAICA.

Additional information

AT(SA) is an associate of SAICA, the foremost accountancy body in South Africa. To find out more about AT(SA), please visit: www.accountingtechniciansouthafrica.co.za.

AT(SA) Membership
After completing this course and gaining one year of relevant work experience, learners will be able to apply for Silver Membership with AT(SA).

Career Path
Jobs you’ll be qualified for at a Certificate: Accounting Technician Qualification Level include:

  • Accounts administrator
  • Accounts assistant
  • Accounts payable clerk
  • Purchase/sales ledger clerk
  • Trainee accounting technician
  • Trainee finance assistant

You will also be able to enrol for the FET Certificate: Accounting Technician NQF4 Qualification.

Contact details

For more information, contact Credo Business College on +27 (0) 12 3483888
or email info@credobusinesscollege.co.za


Contact AT(SA) on +27 (0) 11 621 6600
or email info@accountingtechnicianssouthafrica.co.za
or visit www.accountingtechniciansouthafrica.co.za

Course fee

R25094.85 (Full Qualification including VAT)

The course fee covers:

  • AT(SA) registration and membership for one year
  • A textbook for each unit
  • Online assignments
  • Practice examinations
  • Study programme
  • Access to a facilitator via an electronic platform
  • One assessment opportunity per learning/assessment area
  • A certificate upon successful completion of the course

Learning areas covered

Basic Accounting 1

  • Understanding double-entry bookkeeping, integrating books of prime entry and describing
    coding system functions
  • Understanding discounts and settlement, trade and bulk discount differences
  • Preparing and processing customer and supplier invoices and credit notes
  • Totalling and balancing a 3-column analysed cash book
  • Totalling, balancing and reconciling petty cash records within an analysed petty cash book
  • Processing ledger transactions and extracting a trial balance

Basic Accounting 2

  • Understanding the purpose and use of control accounts and journals
  • Maintaining and using control accounts and the journal
  • Reconciling a bank statement with the cash book
  • Understanding the banking process and main services of banks and building societies
  • Understanding requirements of retention and storage relating to banking documents

Basic Costing

  • Understanding cost recording systems within an organisation and how best to respond to requests for information relating to costs and expenditure
  • Recording and extracting information, and using a costing system to provide information for management

Computerised Accounting

  • Entering data at the start of an accounting period to set up customer and supplier accounts
  • Recording and processing customer and supplier transactions
  • Recording and reconciling bank and cash transactions
  • Processing and using journals to enter accounting transactions
  • Producing reports (day books, account activity, aged analysis, statements or remittance advice)

Work Effectively in Accounting and Finance

  • Understanding an organisation’s accounting or payroll function
  • Using numeracy and literacy communication skills
  • Working independently or in a team to prioritise tasks and manage colleagues’ responsibilities
  • Understanding ethical values, principles, and importance of confidentiality
  • Understanding and explaining benefits of sustainable values to organisations

Training methodology and learner support

  • Learners can choose to study via:
    Distance learning
    Blended learning with three contact sessions per learning area (with contact sessions available to learners at Credo Business College’s premises, or at the premises of the employer)
  • Coaching support is provided by a dedicated facilitator via an online learning platform.
  • Learners have access to atmyconnect, which is an essential e-learning study support platform for all AT(SA) learners.
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