The Certificate: Local Government Accounting 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.
Intake 1: Enrol from 1 September 2023 – 15 January 2024. Study from February 2024 – September 2024.
Intake 2: Enrol from 1 February 2024 – 15 March 2024. Study from April 2024 – November 2024.
Intake 3: Enrol from 1 April 2024 – 15 April 2024. Study from May 2024 – December 2024.
The Local Government Accounting qualification gives learners access to the accounting field through entry and mid-level accounting roles within the municipal environment. These are customised qualifications, offering municipal accounting and finance officials’ formal qualifications that immediately demonstrate their acquired skills through practical and competence-based assessments. These qualifications support the development of learners who are employed in local government and who want to progress with a career in local government accounting. Qualified accounting technicians, with a qualification awarded by AT(SA), make a valuable and critical contribution to organisational and national economic success. The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) is a partner in the development of this qualification and is championing this as a direct measure to increase the skills base in accounts departments in the local government environment. 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 Local Government 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: Local Government Accounting (SAQA ID 59751) and a Statement of Results detailing the units of learning completed.
The focus of this qualification is Local Government (Municipalities) but graduates of the qualification can work in all sectors of the economy in several positions, including:
Graduates can progress to the next level FET Certificate: Local Government Accounting NQF 4.
Assessments are either online 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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This unit relates to the role of invoicing and receiving payments
This unit relates to the organisation’s expenditure.
This unit is about your ability to use a computer system safely and effectively.
The Professional Ethics unit requires the candidate to provide evidence of their ability to demonstrate the ethical duties and responsibilities necessary and the knowledge required to underpin ethical practice in this sector.
This unit is about those skills that all accounting technicians need to operate effectively as a member of an accounting team, or as the accounting member of a broader team, within an organisation.