Certificate: Accounting Technician NQF Level 3

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

Course code


Accreditation status

Accredited by SAICA for Accounting Technician qualifications:

  • SAQA ID: 73710
  • NQF level: 3
  • Credits: 120

    Course duration

    10 – 12 Months

    Entry requirements

    The qualification is open access and potential learners will undertake an initial assessment to determine at which stage of the qualification the learner should begin.

    To study this course, learners need to be competent in:

    • English Language literacy;
    • Computer literacy;
    • Mathematical literacy.

      Course Structure

      The qualification consists of 5 modules and a foundation course:

      1. Foundation Course
      2. Basic Accounting, I;
      3. Basic Accounting II;
      4. Basic Costing;
      5. Work Effectively in Accounting and Finance;
      6. Computerized Accounting.

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      Competency-Based and Computer-Based Assessments

      All assessments will be completed online, and competence must be achieved in each module. To achieve the qualification certificate, you must be competent in all the modules. AT(SA) Qualifications are competency-based. This means that the learner must display competency in each task according to minimum standards. There are no percentages. A learner is found to be either Competent or Not Yet Competent in the module.

      Career Path

      Career path a learner can follow:

      • Accounts administrator;
      • Accounts assistant;
      • Accounts payable clerk;
      • Purchase/sales ledger clerk;
      • Trainee accounting technician;
      • Trainee finance assistant.


      Upon completion of the qualification, learners will be awarded a Certificate: Accounting Technician NQF Level 3 from SAICA/AT(SA) and you can enrol for the FET Certificate: Accounting Technician NQF Level 4 qualification.

      Additional information

      AT(SA) is an associate of SAICA, the foremost accountancy body in South Africa. To find out more about AT(SA), please visit: www.accountingtechniciansouthafrica.co.za.

      AT(SA) Membership

      After completing this course and gaining one year of relevant work experience, learners will be able to apply for Silver Membership with AT(SA).

      Contact details

      For more information, contact Credo Business College on +27 (0) 12 348 3888
      OR email:
      pmupambi@credobusinesscollege.co.za      – General Enquiries
      avdmerwe@credobusinesscollege.co.za      – Programme Manager: Operations – Accounting and Management Enquiries
      rmoatshe@credobusinesscollege.co.za        – Programme Manager: Academic – Accounting and Management 







      Learning areas covered

      Foundation Course

      This a compulsory skills programme. It is not a registered or credit-bearing programme.

       This foundation programme concentrates on:

      • Reading with understanding
      • Writing – grammar
      • Writing – punctuation
      • Business numeracy
      • Accounting equation
      • Double entry system.

      Basic Accounting, I

      • Understanding double-entry bookkeeping, integrating books of prime entry and describing
        coding system functions
      • Understanding discounts and settlement, trade and bulk discount differences
      • Preparing and processing customer and supplier invoices and credit notes
      • Totalling and balancing a 3-column analysed cash book
      • Totalling, balancing and reconciling petty cash records within an analysed petty cash book
      • Processing ledger transactions and extracting a trial balance

       Basic Accounting II

      • Understanding the purpose and use of control accounts and journals
      • Maintaining and using control accounts and the journal
      • Reconciling a bank statement with the cash book
      • Understanding the banking process and main services of banks and building societies
      • Understanding requirements of retention and storage relating to banking documents

      Basic Costing

      • Understanding cost recording systems within an organisation and how best to respond to requests for information relating to costs and expenditure
      • Recording and extracting information, and using a costing system to provide information for management

      Work Effectively in Accounting and Finance

      • Understanding an organisation’s accounting or payroll function
      • Using numeracy and literacy communication skills
      • Working independently or in a team to prioritise tasks and manage colleagues’ responsibilities
      • Understanding ethical values, principles, and importance of confidentiality
      • Understanding and explaining benefits of sustainable values to organisations

      Computerised Accounting

      • Entering data at the start of an accounting period to set up customer and supplier accounts
      • Recording and processing customer and supplier transactions
      • Recording and reconciling bank and cash transactions
      • Processing and using journals to enter accounting transactions
      • Producing reports (day books, account activity, aged analysis, statements or remittance advice)


      Training methodology and learner support

      Credo Business College offers 3 different types of training options, which you can choose from. Credo delivers high quality courses and depending on which course you study, the training option depends on the programme and the clients’ or learners’ needs.

      Training options available:

      • Full-time contact classes
      • Blended learning: combination of contact classes and distance learning
      • Full-time distance learning

      Training option 1: full-time contact classes

      Full-time study means that learners attend classes on a daily basis during the day. This usually implies that our full-time learners are not employed and, as they are either recent matriculants or school leavers, they are able to attend daily classes on a full-time basis for the number of years required to complete the qualifications.

      Training option 2: blended learning – combination of contact classes and distance learning

      This course is presented through a combination of contact sessions (face-to-face learning) and distance learning. Learners can attend a number of classes per module. The first class is an introductory class at the start of each module. This class gives you an overview of the most important aspects of the module and gives you an idea of what to expect in the module. After each introductory class, you complete the relevant module via distance learning. Learners may have 1 to 2 additional contact classes after the introductory class. The second class is usually held two weeks prior to a learner writing a practice assessment and the third class is held prior the formal assessment. Class 2 and 3 are purely based on revision.

      Training option 3: full-time distance learning

      With distance learning learners can study in their own time from home or work instead of attending classes. Learners have more flexibility as they will have full-time access to credo’s online learning platform. Learners will receive study guidance in terms of unit/module notes, study plan, assignments, assignment feedback and guidance on revision.