FET Certificate: Accounting Technician

Qualified accounting technicians with an internationally recognised qualification can make a valuable contribution to organisational and national economic success. The Certificate: Accounting Technician is an accounting qualification which gives students the opportunity to develop within the accounting field. This covers all aspects of the South African economy from the public sector to accountancy practice, industry and commerce, banking and the broader financial services sector.

 Every senior accountant needs the support of skilled, competent accounting technicians to undertake the more routine and operational work. Those holding the qualification can work in all sectors of the economy in a number of positions, including accounts clerk, wages clerk, accounts assistant, sales ledger clerk, tax assistant and bookkeeper. Many progress to become more senior in the accounts field and move on to hold positions such as financial controller and accounts manager.
NQF Level


SAQA ID Number


Programme Type
The National Certificate: Accounting Technician (SAQA ID 73710) is a National Qualification, accredited by FASSET SETA, through the AAT. The AAT is a quality assurance partner of FASSET SETA.
Entrance Requirement
Students who are studying this qualification must be competent in the English language and must have mathematical literacy at NQF Level 2. The qualification is open access and the training provider will need to undertake an initial assessment to determine at which stage of the qualification the student should start. This involves examining their previous learning and current skills in accounting.
Course Duration
The student should be able to complete the qualification within the timeframe of 18 months.
Course Content
Basic Accounting I
 Understand the role of the books of prime entry
 Understand the principles of coding
 Understand the double entry bookkeeping system
 Understand the various types of discount
 Prepare the financial documents to be sent to credit
 Enter sales invoices and credit notes into the
appropriate books of prime entry
 Process payments from customers
 Process suppliers' invoices and credit notes
 Enter suppliers' invoices and credit notes into the
appropriate books of prime entry
 Prepare payments to suppliers
 Process ledger transactions from the books of prime
 Prepare ledger balances and an initial trail balance

Basic Accounting II
 Complete a petty cash voucher
 Maintain an analysed petty cash book
 Maintain the petty cash balance
 Maintain a three column analysed cash book
 Reconcile a bank statement with the cash book
 Understand the use of the journal
 Open a new set of double entry bookkeeping
records using the journal
 Use a journal to correct errors disclosed and not
disclosed by the trial balance
 Create and clear a suspense account using the
 Use the journal to record other transactions
 Understand control accounts
 Prepare sales and purchase ledger and tax control
 Reconcile sales and purchase ledger and tax control

Work Effectively in Accounting and Finance
 Understand the accounting and payroll function
within an organisation
 Demonstrate a range of effective communication
 Work independently or as part of a team
 Develop skills and knowledge to meet personal
and organisational needs

Basic Costing
A. Basic Principles of costing (Knowledge)
 Demonstrate an understanding of the cost
recording system within an organisation
 Recognise the component parts of a cost recording
system and how it operates

B. Provide Basic Cost and Revenue Information
 Use the cost recording system to record or extract
 Provide information on actual and expected costs
Computerised Accounting
 Access, enter and edit accounting information
 Select and use tools and techniques to process
business transactions
 Produce accounting documents and summary
reports to meet the requirements

Module Title 


Summative Assessments 

Basic Accounting I 

1 or 2 

1 (Computer-based) 

Basic Accounting II 

1 or 2 

1 (Computer-based) 

Working Effectively in Accounting and Finance 

1 or 2 


Basic Costing 

1 or 2 

1 (Computer-based) 

Computerised Accounting 

1 or 2 

1 (Computer-based) 

Upon successful completion of the programme, AAT will issue students with a results letter outlining the modules covered. Both AAT and FASSET will award the student with the Certificate: Accounting Technician, SAQA ID 73710 (Credits 120).
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INTEC College (Pty) Ltd. is provisionally registered as a private college with the Department of Higher Education and Training under the Continuing Education and Training Act, No. 16 of 2006. Registration Certificate Number: 2008/FE07/025. INTEC College (Pty) Ltd. is provisionally accredited by Umalusi, the Quality Council for General and Further Education and Training. Accreditation number: FET 00037. INTEC College (Pty) Ltd is further accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) Accreditation number: 13/0006.