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Accounting Technician SA nqf Level 3


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About this Programme

About this programme

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the student with the skills, competence, knowledge and understanding to become an accounting technician. This qualification is registered with South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA): ID 77143.

This course enables students to develop work-relevant competence as an aid to employment and career progression. It also enables students to progress further to the full technician qualification at NQF Level 5. The qualification also allows students access to professional development and support, through the opportunity to take up student membership of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), the largest professional body for accounting technicians.

The qualification benefits employers as they can have confidence in the ability of trained staff and can recruit or promote accounting technicians, knowing that they have proven ability to do the required work.

The qualification makes a positive contribution to South Africa’s transformation agenda by developing skills at advanced certificate level and providing recognition for those who have developed workplace skills but have not had the opportunity to gain formal qualifications. It is a qualification requiring a good standard of literacy and numeracy, but not requiring the student to hold formal qualifications.

It benefits the South African economy by ensuring that the people responsible for performing accounting technicians’ work are skilled, competent people. This is essential for organisational success in every sector of the economy, from the public sector to accountancy practice, to industry and commerce.

Admission requirements

Minimum Admission requirements

Students registering for this qualification should already have achieved a General Education and Training Certificate at NQF Level 4 or Grade 12.

It is assumed that the students accessing this qualification are competent in communication and mathematics at NQF Level 3. The qualification is open access and providers should assess the suitability of potential students in terms of their literacy and numeracy.

Career Opportunities

CAREER opportunities

People who have achieved the skills and knowledge outlined in this qualification are normally employed in any business. Qualified accounting technicians, particularly those with a recognised qualification, make a valuable and critical contribution to organisational and national economic success.



This is a 12-month full-time programme with annual intake in January.

Course Content

Course content

Accounting Technician SA Level 3

  • Basic accounting 1
  • Basic accounting 2
  • Work Effectively In Accounting & Finance
  • Basic Costing
  • Computerised Accounting
  • Spreadsheet Software


Accounts Preparation:

Principles of accounts preparation, extending the trial balance using accounting adjustments and accounting for fixed assets and preparing accounts for sole traders.

Costs and Revenues:

This covers the principles of costing and providing cost and revenue information.

Cash Management:

This subject covers the principles of cash management.

Indirect Tax:

This subject covers the principles of VAT, preparing and completing VAT returns.

Professional Ethics in Accounting and Finance:

This subject looks into the professional ethics required in accounting and finance.

Spreadsheet Software:

This subject covers spreadsheet software used in accounting and finance.

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