Certificate: Accounting (NQF Level 5)

Start Date: 7 May 2024

Payment option : Once-off payment

Full course fee: R30 970.00

Payment option : Debit order

Application fee: R2,742.00

Monthly fee: R2 748.00 per month, eleven instalments.

Lecturer: Innocent Shongedza

Unlock the world of accounting with our NQF Level 5 certification. Ideal for those looking to study accounting and bookkeeping. Enroll with SA Accounting Academy today!

SAICA AT(SA) | Certificate: Accounting (NQF Level 5) | Study Accounting & Bookkeeping | SA Accounting Academy

Embark on a transformative journey with our Certificate in Accounting (NQF Level 5) course, designed for individuals passionate about studying accounting and bookkeeping.

About this Course

This qualification, accredited by SAICA | AT(SA) - Accounting Technicians South Africa, is a stepping stone for those eager to study accounting in-depth and gain recognition for their work experience.

This highly rated accounting qualification is aimed at individuals who wish to get recognition for their work experience and qualify as a Accounting Technician (SA). Upon successful completion of the required formative and summative assessments, you will be eligible to apply for AT(SA) membership with SAICA. Individuals with at least four years' of tax working experience, may also elect to apply for registration as a registered tax practitioner with the South African Revenue Services (SARS).

Accounting Technicians work at all levels of finance and are involved in the day-to-day accounting tasks such as bookkeeping, maintaining accounting systems, drafting financial statements, budgeting, costing and credit control, payroll administration, and tax returns.

Job Opportunities

By studying this qualification, you'll be equipped with skills that open doors to various roles, including:

  • SARS Registered Tax Practitioner
  • Senior Bookkeeper
  • Financial Assistant
  • Accounts Manager
  • Financial Controller
  • Junior Accountant
  • Assistant Finance Manager
  • Payroll Manager.

Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this qualification you should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Drafting statutory financial statements for limited companies.
  • Consolidate draft financial statements for a group of companies.
  • Prepare forecasts and budgets and use budgetary control to meet targets.
  • Prepare performance reports for management.
  • Use the appropriate accounting system to meet organisational requirements.
  • Calculate income tax from all sources of income for an individual and complete self-assessment tax returns.
  • Calculate income tax for corporate entities and complete relevant returns.


The course is delivered through the SA Accounting Academy online learning platform. Our online platform offers a flexible way to study accounting and bookkeeping. Each module contains, quizzes, practical activities, formative assessments and a final summative assessment that must be completed in order for candidates to be deemed competent. It is divided into modules that are easily digestible. In this way you can maintain a work-life balance whilst studying and improving your professional skills.

Is this for you?

If you're interested in study bookkeeping and accounting, this qualification is your ticket to a rewarding career. This qualification aims to provide successful students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to register as an Accounting Technician (SA) with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Students who successfully complete this qualification will be able to:

  • Register as a Tax Practitioner with SARS.
  • Start a small practice and confidently draft financial statements for small enterprises, manage budgets, and evaluate financial performance for clients.
  • Work in a company as a Senior Bookkeeper, Financial Assistant, Accounts Manager, Financial Controller, Junior Accountant, Assistant Finance Manager, or Payroll Manager.


Innocent Shongedza

Innocent has more than 12 years industry experience in various finance and accounting roles. During the past 10 years Innocent has moved into the training space where he facilitated on work-readiness programs for thousands of accounting and finance graduates. He is an assessor and moderator registered with various SETAs where he assesses and moderates accounting and finance qualifications. Innocent also trains QuickBooks Online as well as Sage Pastel.

Prerequisites / Admission Requirements

Mathematics and English is required at NQF level 4 for learners accessing this qualification.


This qualification is accredited by AT(SA) - Accounting Technicians South Africa, an associate of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).


All formative and summative assessments are conducted online. Candidates must achieve all mandatory competencies of the qualification. To achieve the qualification, learners must be declared competent in all summative assessments conducted by AT(SA).

Assessment and Certification

Successful completion (i.e. competence in all modules) of this qualification will lead learners to be awarded the Certificate: Accounting at NQF Level 5 (SAQA ID 80189).



  • Module 1: Drafting Financial Statements
  • Module 2: Enterprise Budgeting and Forecasting
  • Module 3: Managing and Measuring Financial Performance
  • Module 4: Internal Control and Accounting Systems
  • Module 5: Personal Tax
  • Module 6: Business Tax
  • Module 7: Professional Ethics

For more information on what will be covered in the curriculum please download the prospectus.

About SA Accounting Academy

The SA Accounting Academy is an accredited private QCTO, SAICA - AT(SA) and ICB qualifications provider. We are committed to providing our students with the highest quality training and support, to ensure that your skills and knowledge are up to date and ready to face the challenges of the modern workplace. Qualifications and courses delivered are designed to ensure that you reach your professional goals and advance your career. With our experienced faculty, staff, and resources, you can be confident that you will receive the highest quality of training.

SAAA is a Level 2 B-BBEE contributor, with 125% procurement recognition. Training spend on certain solutions can be allocated against the Skills Development element of the B-BBEE Scorecard through accredited and nonaccredited training or claimed through SETA grants. In addition, 25% of your Skills Expenditure can be claimed on non-accredited training or courses.

Course Fees

Invest in your future with our comprehensive qualification. Our fee is an all-inclusive investment in your future.

The course fee is R 30 970.00 and consists of:

Educational Resources

  • Textbooks: Receive top-tier, up-to-date textbooks to support your learning.
  • Online Materials: Access a wealth of online resources, from e-books to webinars, enhancing your learning experience.
  • Live Sessions: Interact in real-time with experts, gaining insights and clarifications on complex topics. Missed a live session? No worries. Access recorded webinars anytime, anywhere.

Learning Support

  • Facilitation: Benefit from expert-led facilitation sessions that offer personalized guidance, addressing individual queries and ensuring a thorough understanding of the subject matter.
  • Formative Assessments: Reinforce your understanding with assessments on different topics.
  • Learner Forum: Engage in meaningful peer-to-peer interactions through our dedicated learner forum. Share insights, ask questions, and collaborate on projects to enhance your learning experience.
  • Continuous Support: Our dedicated team is always on standby to assist with any academic or administrative queries, ensuring a smooth learning process.

Exam Preparation and Scheduling

  • Exam Preparation: Gain a competitive edge with exam walkthroughs, offering strategies and tips for success.
  • Exam Information and Timetable: Stay organized and plan ahead with clear exam and study schedules.
  • Flexible Exam Dates: Schedule your exams around your personal and professional commitments, thanks to our flexible exam dates.
  • Examinations: The fee includes all examination costs with the AT(SA).

Onboarding and Enrollment

  • Onboarding Video: Kickstart your learning journey with an informative video that outlines the qualification structure, the AT(SA) process, and what to expect.
  • AT(SA) Admission Fees: The course fee also covers the AT(SA) admission charges, offering a seamless enrollment process.

Flexibility and Convenience

  • Study Online: Complete your course and take your exams online, giving you the freedom to learn from anywhere.

Investing in this qualification means you receive a holistic educational package, eliminating any hidden costs or additional expenses. Secure your future in financial accounting with a one-time investment that caters to every aspect of your learning journey.

Payment Methods

Debit / Credit Card or Instant EFT

You can pay directly on our website for an easy, secure, and instant transaction. During promotional periods, customers can take advantage of additional savings. This is the fastest and most efficient option, saving both time and money.

Debit Order

You can choose to pay a deposit and the rest off over a certain number of months via debit order. Your study materials are included within the deposit.

EFT / Bank Deposit

You can make a payment directly into our bank account using your Online Banking App, Online Banking services, or by visiting your local bank branch.

Your Company / Employer

It may be beneficial for your company to invest in training for its staff members. As there are financial and tax advantages for doing so, please speak with your employer or Training / HR manager about the possibility of paying for this training.

Third Party

If you have someone who is willing to pay for your studies, such as a parent or relative, they can either log in and pay on our website or they can pay via any of the payment options above on your behalf.

Payment Options

Option 1: Once off payment (application fee is included in this price)

  • R 30 970.00

Option 2: Pay per subject

  • R 5 495.00 (Price per subject *)

Option 3: Monthly Debit Order

  • R 2 742.00 (First Payment on Approval *)
  • R 2 748.00 (Monthly Debit Order for 11 Months (**)

* The total cost for all the subjects in Option 2: Pay per subject will be R 32 970.00 excluding the application fee. The application fee includes an annual AT(SA) student fee. If a learner does not complete all the subjects within year 1 (12 months) they will need to pay the annual AT(SA) student fee again in year 2.
** The total cost for option 3: Monthly Debit Order including the First Payment on Approval will be R 32 970.00.

Payment Terms


  • Minimum payments must be made via direct EFT or credit card before a qualification starts.
  • Full payment is required before the start date.
  • For debit order plans, the first payment is due on the start date.
  • Access to content will be denied if payment terms are not followed.


  • Written notice is required for cancellations.
  • Cancellation fees vary based on the timing of the cancellation relative to the start date:
    • No fee if cancelled more than two weeks prior.
    • 25% fee if cancelled less than two weeks prior.
    • 50% fee if cancelled within six weeks after the start.
    • Full fee if cancelled after six weeks of the start.
  • Non-refundable items include course application fees, textbooks, accessed modules, and certain annual fees.

General Terms

  • The application fee, if any, is non-refundable.
  • Continuous access to the content is dependent upon adherence to the payment terms and conditions.
  • Absence from exams without valid reasons results in full liability for exam fees.
  • Postponement of exams after registration incurs a fee.

Corporate Training Solutions

At the Accounting Academy, we recognize the evolving needs of businesses in today's dynamic environment. Beyond our standard webinar offerings, we provide tailored corporate training solutions designed to empower your team with the latest in accounting and professional skills. Whether you're looking for online sessions or face-to-face training, our programs are crafted to ensure a comprehensive and engaging learning experience.

Drawing inspiration from modern training methodologies, our corporate solutions are interactive, adaptable, and focused on real-world applications. We prioritize hands-on learning, ensuring your team can immediately apply their newfound knowledge in practical scenarios.

Interested in a bespoke corporate training experience? Reach out to us at [email protected] or call 010 593 0466. Together, let's design a training program that elevates your team's capabilities and aligns with your organizational goals.

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