The Certificate: Accounting Public Sector covers higher level accounting tasks, including drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance. This qualification is aimed at building capacity in accounting technicians within the public sector. It is aligned to the requirements on occupational level 2 of the Competency Framework for Financial Management of the National Treasury Technician Competency Dictionary (TCD). This course is the perfect progression for learners who already completed Level 4, or are at a more advanced stage in their careers and want a qualification to give them the confidence and recognition that they have the skills to do the job in the Public Sector.
Intake 1: Enrol from 1 September 2023 – 15 January 2024. Study from February 2024 – November 2024.
Intake 2: Enrol from 1 February 2024 – 15 March 2024. Study from April 2024 – March 2025.
Intake 3: Enrol from 1 April 2024 – 15 May 2024. Study from June 2024 – May 2025.
The Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and Treasury Regulations (TR) set high standards for financial management in the public sector, requiring practitioners to possess practical skills and competencies. The Public Sector Accounting Qualifications are customised qualifications, offering accounting officials formal qualifications that ensure immediate demonstration of the acquired skills through their practical and competence-based assessment structures. While applicable across various sectors, the qualification focuses on the Public Sector, specifically National and Provincial Departments. These qualifications support the development of learners who are employed in the public sector and who want to progress with a career in public sector accounting. The learning programmes are registered as learnerships and are therefore eligible for SETA funding and for the tax rebate.
In-person training is usually the preferred choice for Public Sector courses and can be customised for groups of 10 learners or more. Please contact us today with your requirements for full-time, part-time or distance learning.
Regardless of the format, learners will benefit from our well-designed and comprehensive study support, encompassing unit/module notes, assignments, feedback, and revision assistance, ensuring a well-rounded and engaging learning experience.
To study this course, learners have to meet the following requirements:
AND fulfill one of these options:
Upon completion of the qualification, learners will receive the Certificate: Accounting Public Sector (SAQA ID 80189) and a Statement of Results detailing the units of learning completed.
Every senior accountant needs the support of skilled, competent accounting technicians to undertake the more routine and operational work. The focus of this qualification is Public Sector and more specifically National and Provincial Departments, but graduates of the qualification can work in all sectors of the economy in various positions, including:
After completing the Certificate: Accounting Public Sector NQF 5 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
Assessments are done online on the AT(SA) platform or paper-based. 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. There are no percentages; a learner is either deemed Competent or Not Yet Competent in the module.
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Manage work and performance:
Apply general principles and procedures for ethical compliance expected within the public sector
Refer and seek advice from relevant sources for issues beyond own competence.
Economic reporting format
Monitoring of actuals against budget
Management of transfer payments
Cash flow management
Recording, reporting and management of assets
Recording, reporting and management of inventory
Financial statements in accordance with modified cash standard
Analysis of financial statements
Unauthorised, irregular and fruitless and wasteful expenditure
Principles of internal controls
The role of internal audit