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Accounting Technician NQF level 4

About the Course

The FET Certificate: Accounting Technician introduces the student to more complex accounting skills and tasks such as maintaining cost accounting records and the preparation of reports and returns. This qualification which is at an NQF Level 4 progresses from the Accounting Technician qualification at NQF Level 3. The AT(SA) qualification has the benefit of being internationally designed against a global standard and quality assured by the South AAfrican Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).

The AT(SA) qualifications can advance your career in finance and accounting and help you make a valuable contribution to your business, department or unit. AT(SA) enables you to choose how, when and where you study. Training is flexible and open to everyone. You may be heading for your first job in accounting and finance, seeking a change of career, or already working and want to advance your skills and competencies.

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Program Outline

1.  Accounts Preparation I


Principles of accounts preparation

  • Understand generally accepted accounting principles and concepts
  • Understand the principles of double entry bookkeeping
  • Understand the accounting methods used to record assets, liabilities, income, expenses and capital

Accounting for fixed assets

  • Account for the purchase of fixed assets
  • Account accurately for depreciation
  • Account for the disposal of fixed assets
  • Take appropriate action when dealing with issuesarising from fixed asset records

Extending the trial balance using accounting adjustments

  • Account for adjustments
  • Prepare a trial balance
  • Complete the trial balance

    2. Accounts Preparation II

    Principles of accounts preparation

    • Understand generally accepted accounting principles and concepts
    • Understand the principles of double entry bookkeeping
    • Understand the need for, and the process involved in the preparation of final accounts

    Prepare accounts for partnerships

    • Have a basic understanding of legislation relating to the formation of a partnership
    • Prepare a profit and loss appropriation accountQ
    • Prepare a balance sheet relating to a partnership

    Prepare final accounts for sole traders

    • Prepare accounting records from incomplete information
    • Produce accurate final accounts

    3. Cash Management

    The Principles of Cash Management

    • Understands how the external environment impacts on how an organisation manages cash assets
    • Be able to make informed decisions regarding the management of cash balances within an

    organisation when dealing with issues arising from fixed asset records

    • Understand a range of accounting and other business techniques used to improve the efficiency of cash management procedures within the organisation
    • Prepare forecasts of income and expenditure for a given accounting period
    • Use forecasts to monitor cash flow within the organisation
    • Use cash balances effectively

    4. Cost And Revenues

    Principles of costing

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of costing within the organisation
    • Advise on the most appropriate costing methods to use in an organisation
    • Understand the principles of using costing as a decision making tool

    Providing Cost and Revenue Information

    • Record and analyse information relating to costs
    • Apportion costs according to organisational requirements
    • Correctly identify any significant deviations and report these to management

     5. Indirect Tax

    Indirect Tax Principles of VAT

    • Understand VAT regulations

    Principles of VAT

    • Understand VAT regulations

    Preparing and completing VAT returns

    • Complete VAT returns accurately and in a timely manner
    • Communicate VAT Information

    6. Professional Ethics In Accounting & Finance

    • Understand the principles of ethical working in accountancy or payroll
    • Know how to behave in an ethical manner when working with internal and external customers
    • Understand when and how to take appropriate action following any suspected breaches of ethical codes

    7. Spreadsheet Software

    • Use a spreadsheet to enter, edit and organise numerical and other data
    • Select and use appropriate formulas and data analysis tools and techniques to meet requirements
    • Use tools and techniques to present and format and publish
    • spreadsheet information


    To ensure ongoing professional development, this qualification leads to membership of AT(SA).
    In addition to Professional Body Membership, members are provided with support, advice and learning interventions.

    This helps to reinforce the skills and competencies required to perform optimally within their roles and advance their careers over time.