The intermediate level FET Certificate: Accounting Technician Public Sector Qualification introduces more complex skills such as communication and supervision, processing accounting transactions, ethical duties and responsibilities, preparation of reconciliations, financial statements concepts, procedures and the reporting of debtors and preparing budgets. This course is the second level of the AT(SA) Public Sector qualifications.
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 FET Certificate: Accounting Technician Public Sector (SAQA ID 77143) 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:
Graduates can progress to the next level Certificate: Accounting Public Sector NQF 5.
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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Communication and supervision skills required to operate effectively as a member of an accounting team.
Use of technology to process accounting transactions and the use of computer software to support the accounting function in a department to improve effectiveness and efficiencies
The ethical duties and responsibilities necessary and the knowledge required to underpin ethical practice in this sector.
Preparation of reconciliations to ensure valid, accurate, correctly classified and complete financial records and to prepare a trial balance.
Prepare the adjusted trial balance Understand the concepts related to financial statements and the preparation of a simple set of financial statements on the accrual basis of accounting.
How to record a debt, determine interest to be charged, payment terms, follow up procedures and the reporting of debtors.
How to prepare a budget, using different budgeting and costing concepts. The monitoring of actuals against budgets is also addressed. The budgeting process andconcepts in the public sector is discussed, including unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure.