Accounting Technician SA Level 3

About this programme: 
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the learner with the skills, competence, knowledge and understanding to become an accounting technician. 
This enables learners to develop work relevant competence, as an aid to employment and career progression. It also enables learners to progress further, to the full technician qualification at NQF Level 5. The qualification also allows learners 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 proved 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 learner 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:

Learners 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 learners 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 learners in terms of their literacy and numeracy.

Job 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

Course Content:
See Qualification on SAQA website (

AQ2010 Level 4

  • Accounts Preparation 1
  • Accounts Preparation 2
  • Costs and Revenues
  • Cash Management
  • Indirect Tax
  • Professional Ethics in Accounting and Finance
  • Spreadsheet Software

Intake and Duration: 

Annual intake in January. This is a 12 month programme.


Title of the qualification: Further Education and Training Certificate: Accounting Technician   

SAQA ID:   77143

Where is the programme offered?
This programme is offered at Fish Hoek Campus