FET Certificate: Accounting Technician NQF4

The intermediate level FET Certificate: Accounting Technician Qualification consists of seven units with seven assessments. The qualification introduces more complex accounting tasks, such as maintaining cost accounting records and preparing reports and returns.

Course code:


Accreditation status:

Registered with AT(SA) and accredited by FASSET.

  • SAQA ID: 77143
  • NQF level: 4
  • Credits: 120

Course duration:

12-15 Months

Entry requirements:

  • Competency in:
    • English Language literacy
    • Computer literacy
    • Mathematical literacy
  • The learner holds an AT(SA) Certificate: Accounting Technician Qualification.
    The learner undertakes an initial assessment to determine whether the FET Certificate: Accounting Technician NQF4 is the correct stage at which they should start. This involves examining their previous learning and current skills in accounting.
    A learner with similar qualifications and/or experience can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL). In this case, proof of qualifications and work experience will be required.

Please contact our office should you wish to do the online skills check. There is no cost involved, but you need to have access to a computer with internet capabilities.

Assessment and award:

Competency-based assessment
AT(SA) Certificates 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 (CBAs)
The timetable for CBAs will be set according to the learner’s training schedule. Credo Business College will arrange the assessments 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 an FET Certificate: Accounting Technician NQF Level 4 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 an additional year of relevant work experience that includes exposure to cash management and credit control, learners will be able to apply for Gold Membership with AT(SA). (Note: a total of two years’ relevant experience is required for Gold Membership.)

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

  • Senior Accounts Clerk
  • Accounts Officer
  • Credit Controller
  • Ledger Supervisor
  • Trainee Accounting Technician

You will also be able to enrol for the Certificate: Accounting NQF5 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:

R 32290.70 (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:

Accounts preparation 1

  • Understanding accepted principles of accounting and double-entry bookkeeping
  • Understanding accounting methods of recording non-current assets
  • Accounting for purchase of non-current assets
  • Accounting for depreciation and adjustments
  • Accounting for disposal of non-current assets
  • Preparing and extending the trial balance

Accounts preparation 2

  • Understanding the process involved in preparing final accounts
  • Preparing accounting records from incomplete information
  • Producing final accounts for sole traders
  • Understanding partnerships’ legislative and accounting requirements
  • Preparing a statement of profit or loss appropriation account
  • Preparing a financial position statement relating to a partnership

Costs and revenues

  • Understanding an organisation’s costing systems
  • Recording and analysing cost information
  • Apportioning costs to organisational requirements
  • Analysing budget deviations and reporting these to management
  • Using information gathered from costing systems to assist decision making

Cash management

  • Using statistical techniques and financial information to prepare income and expenditure forecasts
  • Preparing cash flow statements to monitor an organisation’s cash flow
  • Managing cash balances effectively
  • Investing surplus funds, observing organisational policies

Professional ethics

  • Understanding principles of ethical working
  • Understanding ethical behaviour when working with internal and external customers
  • Understanding when and how to take appropriate action following suspected ethical codes breaches
  • Understanding the ethical responsibility of finance professionals in promoting sustainability

Indirect tax

  • Understanding VAT regulations
  • Completing VAT returns accurately and on time
  • Understanding VAT penalties and adjusting for previous errors
  • Communicating VAT information

Spreadsheet software

  • Using a spreadsheet to enter, edit and organise numerical and other data
  • Selecting and using appropriate formulae and data analysis tools and techniques

Training methodology and learner support:

  1. Learners can choose to study via:
    • Distance learning
    • OR

    • 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)
  2. Coaching support is provided by a dedicated facilitator via an online learning platform.
  3. Learners have access to atmyconnect, which is an essential e-learning study support platform for all AT(SA) learners.
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