Certificate: Accounting Technician NQF 3


About this course

The Certificate: Accounting Technician Qualification is the introductory level of the AT(SA) qualifications. 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.


2023/2024 Enrolment Dates

Intake 1: Enrol from 1 September 2023 – 19 January 2024. Study from 29 January 2024 – 18 October 2024.

Intake 2: Enrol from 1 February 2024 – 15 March 2024. Study from 25 March 2024 – 13 December 2024.

Intake 3: Enrol from 1 April 2024 – 17 May 2024. Study from 27 May 2024 – 21 March 2025.

Credo Certificate Accounting Technician NQF 3

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

The qualification has open access, meaning there is no specific entry requirements but prospective learners need basic English literacy and numeracy skills, as well as basic computer skills. These skills are needed to succeed in this course, and learners will complete a skills assessment to evaluate competence.

  • Basic literacy involves reading, writing, listening, and speaking in English.
  • Numeracy skills include using mathematics for problem-solving and understanding basic math like addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication.
  • Computer literacy is the ability to use technology effectively.


Upon completion of the qualification, learners will receive the Certificate: Accounting Technician (SAQA ID 73710) issued by SAICA.


Career opportunities for this level include:

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

Additional Opportunities

Further Studies:

Graduates can progress to the FET Certificate: Accounting Technician NQF 4 qualification and thereafter the Certificate: Accounting NQF 5 qualification.

AT(SA) Membership:

After completing the Certificate: Accounting 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


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 5 modules which must all be successfully completed to obtain this qualification.

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  • Understand the principles of coding
  • Understand the double entry bookkeeping system
  • Understand the various types of discount
  • Prepare the financial documents to be sent to credit customers
  • Enter sales invoices and credit notes into the appropriate books of prime entry
  • Process payments from customers
  • Process suppliers’ invoices and credit notes
  • Enter suppliers’ notes and credit notes into theappropriate books of prime entry
  • Prepare payments to suppliers
  • Process ledger transactions from the books of prime entry
  • Prepare ledger balances and the initial trial balance
  • Maintain the petty cash balance
  • Maintain a three column analysed cash book
  • Reconcile a bank statement with the cash book
  • Understand the use of the journal
  • Open a new set of double entry book keeping records using the journal
  • Use a journal to correct errors disclosed and not disclosed by the trial balance
  • Create and clear a suspense account using the journal
  • Use the journal to record other transactions
  • Understand control accounts
  • Prepare sales and purchase ledger and tax control accounts
  • Reconcile sales and purchase ledger and tax control accounts
  • Understand the accounting and payroll function within an organisation
  • Demonstrate a range of effective communication skills
  • Work independently or as part of a team
  • Develop skills and knowledge to meet personal and organisational needs

Basic principles of costing

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the cost
  • Recording system within an organisation
  • Recognise the component parts of a cost
  • Recording system and how it operates

Provide basic cost and revenue information

  • Use the cost recording system to record or extract information
  • Provide Information on actual and expected costs
  • Access, enter and edit accounting information
  • Select and use tools and techniques to process business transactions
  • Produce accounting documents and summary reports to meet the requirements

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