This is the introductory level of the Public Sector AT(SA) Qualifications, aimed specifically at National and Provincial Departments. This level covers a range of skills needed by employees to operate effectively in this sector. Outcomes covered include computerised accounting; ethical duties and responsibilities; understanding accounting concepts; planning and budgeting concepts; organisational expenditure; and recording of revenue within the public sector. 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.
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.
There are no formal entry requirements in terms of qualifications; however the following conditions must be met:
Upon completion of the qualification, learners will receive the Certificate: Accounting Technician Public Sector (SAQA ID 73710) 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 several positions, including:
Graduates can progress to the FET Certificate: Accounting Technician Public Sector NQF 4 qualification and thereafter the Certificate: Accounting Public Sector NQF 5 qualification.
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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Skills that all accounting practitioners need to operate effectively as a member of an accounting team, or as the accounting member of a broader team, within an organisation. The unit includes an introduction to the public sector.
The ability to use a computer system safely and effectively. It introduces software for word processing, spreadsheets and email which an accounting practitioner will be required to use from time to time.
The ethical duties and responsibilities necessary and the knowledge required to underpin ethical practice in this sector.
The understanding of accounting concepts, accounting frameworks, the fundamentals of the double entry accounting system and VAT.
The planning and budgeting concepts and processes in the public sector. The monitoring of the spending against the budget is a critical process in the public sector and the regulatory requirements for this process is discussed in this unit.
Relates to the organisation’s expenditure. It includes dealing with documentation from suppliers, ordering and delivery documentation, preparing payments and recording expenditure in the appropriate records both in an accrual and a cash basis of accounting.
Relates to the recording of revenue in the public sector, the recording of revenue on an accrual basis, the banking of receipts and the recording of debtors. It includes the sources of revenue for government and the source documentation relating to revenue and receipts.