National Certificate Bookkeeping NQF Level 3

Start Date: 7 May 2024

Payment option : Once-off payment

Full course fee: R12 800.00

Payment option : Debit order

Application fee: R3,063.00

Monthly fee: R1 067.00 per month, eleven instalments.

Lecturer: Innocent Shongedza

National Certificate: Bookkeeping (NQF 3) course is designed for individuals who wish to begin their journey as a Bookkeeper. Gain practical skills and a solid foundation in bookkeeping with this ICB-accredited qualification.

About this Course

This National Certificate: Bookkeeping is accredited by the ICB and is aimed at individuals who wish to start their journey as a Bookkeeper. SAQA ID: 58375.

The Bookkeeper Level is the first stage of the National Diploma in Financial Accounting. This level is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in bookkeeping and basic business literacy. The course is divided into four modules, each focusing on a specific area of bookkeeping.

The first module, Bookkeeping to Trial Balance, introduces students to the fundamental concepts of bookkeeping, including recording transactions, balancing ledgers, and preparing a trial balance.

The second module, Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns, focuses on payroll administration and the preparation and submission of mandatory SARS returns.

In the third module, Computerised Bookkeeping, students learn how to use computer software to perform bookkeeping tasks.

Finally, the Business Literacy module equips students with essential business skills, including effective communication and basic business calculations.

Typical Job Titles

  • Junior Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Clerk
  • Reconciliation Clerk
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Accounts Payable / Receivable Clerk

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Understand and apply the fundamental concepts of bookkeeping, including recording transactions, balancing ledgers, and preparing a trial balance.
  2. Administer payroll and prepare and submit mandatory SARS returns.
  3. Use computer software to perform bookkeeping tasks efficiently and accurately.
  4. Communicate effectively in a business environment and perform basic business calculations.
  5. Understand the role of a bookkeeper in a business setting and how to contribute effectively to the financial management of a business.


The course is delivered through the SA Accounting Academy online learning platform. 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?

The Bookkeeper Level of the National Diploma in Financial Accounting is designed for individuals who are interested in starting a career in bookkeeping or financial accounting. This course could be the perfect fit for you if:

  1. You're a beginner in the field of accounting: This course starts from the basics, making it ideal for individuals with little to no prior knowledge or experience in bookkeeping or accounting.
  2. You're detail-oriented: Bookkeeping requires a high level of precision and attention to detail. If you enjoy working with numbers and maintaining accuracy in your work, this course could be a great fit.
  3. You're interested in business operations: The course not only covers bookkeeping but also introduces business literacy, providing insights into the broader context of business operations.
  4. You're seeking a practical skill set: The course includes a module on computerised bookkeeping, equipping you with practical skills that are highly valued in today's digital workplace.
  5. You're planning a career in finance or accounting: This course serves as a stepping stone towards more advanced studies in finance and accounting, and can open doors to various roles such as Bookkeeper, Accounts Clerk, or Payroll Administrator.

Remember, successful bookkeepers are reliable, organized, and have a knack for problem-solving. If these qualities describe you, and you're ready to embark on a rewarding career in bookkeeping, then this course is definitely for you!


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

Grade 10 (Std 8) or equivalent. No prior accounting knowledge needed. You must be at least 16 years old.


This qualification is accredited by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB).


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 ICB.

Assessment and Certification

Successful completion (i.e. competence in all modules) of this qualification will lead learners to be awarded the Certificate: Bookkeeping at NQF Level 3 (SAQA ID 58375).


To earn the qualification, the candidate must pass all examinations administered by the ICB. SAAA will prepare students to succeed in these examinations. A certificate is awarded for successful completion:

  • Bookkeeper Level: National Certificate Bookkeeping, NQFL3, SAQA ID 58375

The Full ICB NQF Level 3 to 6 program (12 Subjects)


Senior Bookkeeper

Accounting Technician

Financial Accountant

12 Months

+ 6 Months

+ 6 Months

+ 12 Months

Entry requirements:

Entry requirements:

Entry requirements:

Entry requirements:

Grade 10 (Std 8) or equivalent. You must be at least 16 years old

Successful completion of the previous subjects (1-4)

Successful completion of the previous subjects (1-6).

Successful completion of the previous subjects (1-8).





1. Bookkeeping to Trial Balance (BKTB)

5. Financial Statements (FNST)

7. Income
Tax Returns (ITRT)

9. Corporate Strategy (CRPS)

2. Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns (PMSR)

6. Cost and Management Accounting (CMGT)

8. Business Law and Accounting Control (BLAC)

10. Management Accounting Control Systems (MACS)

3. Computerised
Bookkeeping (CPBK)


11. Financial Reporting and Regulatory Frameworks (FRRF)

4. Business Literacy (BUSL)


12. Research Theory and Practice (RTAP)

National Certificate: Bookkeeping

Further Education and Training Certificate: Bookkeeping

National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting

National Diploma: Financial Accounting

NQF L3 (SAQA ID: 58375)

Total credits: 120

NQF L4 (SAQA ID: 58376)

Total cumulative credits: 130

NQF L5 (SAQA ID: 36213)

Total cumulative credits: 251

NQF L6 (SAQA ID: 20366)

Total cumulative credits: 280


  • Module 1: Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
  • Module 2: Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns
  • Module 3: Computerised Bookkeeping
  • Module 4: Business Literacy

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

The course fee is R 12 800.00 and consists of:

  • Study material - Online course material
  • Online Facilitator support
  • Formative and summative assessments
  • ICB admission fees


For supplementary assessments, an additional charge will apply for each module rewrite, and a maximum of 3 (three) supplementary assessments will be allowed.

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 12 800.00

Option 2: Pay per subject

  • R 3 425.00 (Price per subject **)

Option 3: Monthly Debit Order

  • R 3 063.00 (First Payment on Approval *)
  • R 1 067.00 (Monthly Debit Order for 11 Months (***)

* The application fee includes an annual ICB student fee of three years. If a learner does not complete all the subjects within 3 years (36 months) they will need to pay the annual ICB student fee again.

** The total cost for all the subjects in Option 2: Pay per subject will be R 12 800.00 excluding the application fee.

*** The total cost for option 3: Monthly Debit Order including the First Payment on Approval will be R 14 800.00.

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