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2017 courses public sector acc

Local government needs you!

    If you want to work in finance in government or municipalities, this is the programme to study.

    It's been designed to address the lack of skills in the public sector and give students knowledge that will help government run more productively. You'll learn how to produce high quality financial statements, implement basic internal controls, conduct effective internal auditing, and apply sound accounting and financial principles.

    Build on your qualifications as you go

    Complete the first four subjects and you'll achieve the ICB Financial Accounting: Foundation Level (and the National Certificate: Public Sector Accounting). Progress through the programme's Intermediate and Advanced Levels to keep building your skill set and increase your employability.

    Click here to download a PDF summary of the ICB’s Public Sector Accounting Programme.

    Click on each of the levels below to find out more about them:

    Foundation Level


    National Certificate: Public Sector Accounting

    (NQF L4 - SAQA ID 20352, total credits: 120)


    Duration:  12 months

    Entry requirements:

    • Grade 11, NQF 3 or equivalent.
    • You must be at least 16 years of age.
    • No prior accounting knowledge needed.


    1. Bookkeeping to Trial Balance (BKTB)
    2. Public Accounting Administration (PAAD)
    3. Computerised Bookkeeping (CPBK)
    4. Business Literacy (BUSL)

    What my title can be:

    Public Accounts Administrator

    What I'll be able to do:

    Administer public accounts. Help improve public sector financial management by adding value, efficiency and productivity to government departments.

    Intermediate Level


    Diploma: Public Sector Accounting

    (NQF L5 - SAQA ID 20353, total cumulative credits: 137)


    Duration:  +12 months

    Entry requirements:

    • National Certificate: Public Sector Accounting, which consists of the previous 4 learning areas.


    5. Financial Statements (FNST)
    6. Cost and Management Accounting (CMGT)
    7. Technical Public Accounting (TPAC)
    8. Business Law and Accounting Control (BLAC)

    What my title can be:

    Technical Public Accountant, Accounting Technician in the public sector

    What I'll be able to do:

    Work as a qualified accounting technician in the public sector. Make a positive contribution to the country by improving public finance management; contribute to the optimal use of state resources; demonstrate a shift from cash to accrual accounting.

    Advanced Level


    National Diploma: Financial Accounting

    (NQF L6 - SAQA ID 20366, total cumulative credits: 280)


    Duration:  +12 months

    Entry requirements:

    • Diploma: Public Sector Accounting, which consists of the previous 8 learning areas.


    9. Corporate Strategy (CRPS)
    10. Management Accounting and Control Systems (MACS)
    11. Financial Reporting and Regulatory Frameworks (FRRF)
    12. Research Theory and Practice (by short dissertation; topic: Public Accounting) (RTAP)

    Jobs you'll be able to apply for:

    Public Sector Financial Accountant, Financial Accountant. Accounting Officer (via SAIBA, if you meet their criteria).

    What you'll be able to do:

    Compile annual financial statements; register with SAIBA as an Accounting Officer (once you meet their requirements); work with Chartered Accountants and Auditors; have a thorough knowledge of accounting theory and practice, strategy, management accounting and regulatory frameworks.










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