FET Certificate: Accounting Technician NQF 4


About this course

The intermediate level FET Certificate: Accounting Technician Qualification introduces more complex accounting tasks, such as maintaining cost accounting records and preparing reports and returns. This course is the second level of the AT(SA) qualifications.


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 – 22 March 2024. Study from 1 April 2024 – 21 March 2025.

Intake 3: Enrol from 1 April 2024 – 14 June 2024. Study from 24 June 2024 – 13 June 2025.

Credo Certificate Accounting Technician NQF4

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 Certificate: Accounting Technician NQF 3 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 FET Certificate: Accounting Technician (SAQA ID 77143) and a Statement of Results detailing the units of learning completed.


Career opportunities for this level include:

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

Additional Opportunities

Further Studies:

Graduates can progress to the next level, 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 7 modules which must all be successfully completed to obtain this qualification.

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Principles of accounts preparation:

  • Understand generally accepted accounting principles and concepts
  • Understand the principles of double entry bookkeeping
  • Understand the accounting methods used to record assets, liabilities, income, expenses and capital

Accounting for fixed assets:

  • Account for the purchase of fixed assets
  • Account accurately for depreciation
  • Account for the disposal of fixed assets
  • Take appropriate action when dealing with issues arising from fixed asset records

Extending the trial balance using accounting adjustments:

  • Account for adjustments
  • Prepare a trial balance
  • Complete the trial balance

Principles of accounts preparation:

  • Understand generally accepted accounting principles and concepts
  • Understand the principles of double entry bookkeeping
  • Understand the need for, and the process involved in the preparation of final accounts

Prepare accounts for partnerships:

  • Have a basic understanding of legislation relating to the formation of a partnership
  • Prepare a profit and loss appropriation account
  • Prepare a balance sheet relating to a partnership

Prepare final accounts for sole traders:

  • Prepare accounting records from incomplete information
  • Produce accurate final accounts

The principles of cash management

  • Understand how the external environment impacts on how an organisation manages cash assets
  • Be able to make informed decisions regarding the management of cash balances within organisation when dealing with issues arising from fixed asset records
  • Understand a range of accounting and other business techniques used to improve the efficiency of cash management procedures within the organisation
  • Prepare forecasts of income and expenditure for a given accounting period
  • Use forecasts to monitor cash flow within the organisation
  • Use cash balances effectively

Principles of costing

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of costing within the organisation
  • Advise on the most appropriate costing methods to use in an organisation
  • Understand the principles of using costing as a decision making tool

Providing cost and revenue information

  • Record and analyse information relating to costs
  • Apportion costs according to organisational requirements
  • Correctly identify any significant deviations and report these to management
  • Use a spreadsheet to enter, edit and organise numerical and other data
  • Select and use appropriate formulas and data analysis tools and techniques to meet requirements
  • Use tools and techniques to present and format and publish spreadsheet information

Indirect tax principles of VAT

  • Understand VAT regulations

Principles of VAT

  • Understand VAT regulations

Preparing and completing VAT returns

  • Complete VAT returns accurately and in a timely manner
  • Communicate VAT Information
  • Understand the principles of ethical working in accountancy or payroll
  • Know how to behave in an ethical manner when working with internal and external customers
  • Understand when and how to take appropriate action following any suspected breaches of ethical codes

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