Certificate: Accounting NQF 5


About this course

The advanced level Certificate: Accounting Qualification covers higher-level accounting tasks, including drafting financial statements, managing budgets, and evaluating financial performance.


2023/2024 Enrolment Dates

Intake 1: Enrol from 1 September 2023 – 19 January 2024. Study from 29 January 2024 – 13 December 2024.

Intake 2: Enrol from 1 February 2024 – 12 April 2024. Study from 22 April 2024 – 18 April 2025.

Intake 3: Enrol from 1 May 2024 – 21 June 2024. Study from 1 July 2024 – 13 June 2025.

Credo Certificate Accounting Technician NQF5

Qualification Description

Accounting Technicians play a vital role in accounting, finance and business, across all sectors of the economy. AT(SA) is a competency-based accountancy qualification and membership designation provided by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). The AT(SA) qualification consists of three levels (NQF 3, NQF 4, and NQF 5) and is an entry-level designation, helping learners to become respected professional Accounting Technicians. Accessible to aspiring accountants at foundational business levels, this qualification aligns with global standards, emphasising theory and practice in accounting, finance, and business. SAICA ensures the quality and relevance of AT(SA) qualifications in the South African workplace.

Training format

Enjoy the flexibility to study at your own pace with access to Credo’s online learning platform, coupled with live online sessions, and comprehensive study guidance including unit/module notes, assignments, feedback, and revision assistance. You can complete the course even if you work during the day. Benefit from our well-designed plan and guidance – a superior solution to traditional distance learning.

Admission Requirements

To study this course, learners need to be competent in English Language literacy, Computer literacy and Mathematical literacy; AND fulfill one of these options:

  1. Learner successfully completed the FET Certificate: Accounting Technician NQF 4 qualification; or
  2. Learner has previous accounting experience or holds a similar qualification. A skills test will be conducted to determine the correct entry level for the learner.


Upon completion of the qualification, learners will receive the Certificate: Accounting (SAQA ID 80189) and a Statement of Results detailing the units of learning completed.


Career opportunities for this level include:

  • Assistant Finance Manager
  • Finance Team Leader
  • Accounts Manager
  • Financial Controller

Additional Opportunities

AT(SA) Membership:

After completing the Certificate: Accounting NQF5 qualification and meeting the membership requirements of AT(SA), the learner will be eligible to apply for membership with the professional body.

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


All assessments are done online on the AT(SA) platform. The final assessment for each module is invigilated and conducted at an examination venue. To earn the qualification certificate, learners need to be competent in all modules. AT(SA) qualifications are competency-based, meaning learners must demonstrate competence in each task based on minimum standards. A learner is deemed to be Competent or Not Yet Competent in the module.

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Course Modules

This course has 6 modules which must all be successfully completed to obtain this qualification.

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  • Understand the regulatory frame that underpins financial reporting.
  • Understand the key features of a published set of accounts.
  • Understand the basic principles of consolidation.
  • Appreciate the analysis and interpretation of financial statements.
  • Draft statutory financial statements for a limited company
  • Draft simple consolidated financial statements
  • Interpret financial statements using ratio analysis
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the internal and external business factors in budgets
  • Understand why budgets are used
  • Understand the skills needed in budget preparation
  • Prepare forecasts and budgets
  • Understand the impact that changes in the economic environment will have one on the budget
  • Use budgetary control to ensure organisational targets are met
  • Demonstrate and accurate understanding of the internal and external factors that affect organisations
  • Be aware of the cost accounting techniques needed in monitoring financial performance
  • Understand the techniques necessary of measuring performance and managing costs
  • Collate information from various sources and prepare routine cost reports
  • Make suggestions for improving financial performance by monitoring and analysing information
  • Prepare performance reports for management
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of accounting within the organisation
  • Understand the importance and use of internal control systems
  • Be able to identify and use the appropriate accounting system to meet specific organisational requirements
  • Evaluate the accounting system and identify areas of improvement
  • Make recommendations to improve the accounting system
  • Demonstrate an understanding of legislation and procedures relating to personal tax
  • Understand the current taxation principles of income from employment
  • Understand the taxation principles of savings, nonsavings and dividend income for an individual
  • Understand the current taxation principles of property income for an individual
  • Understand the current taxation principles of basic capital gains taxation for an individual
  • Calculate income from all sources accurately
  • Calculate accurately the tax payable on income
  • Account for capital gains tax correctly
  • Prepare accurate computations and complete relevant parts of self-assessment tax returns correctly
  • Prepare the relevant pages of a tax return for an unincorporated business and accurately produce the computations to support this
  • Correctly complete corporation tax returns with all supporting computations for incorporated businesses.

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