School of Commerce

FET Certificate: Bookkeeping

This programme is the intermediate level in the Financial Accounting Stream.

Important Notice to Prospective and Current Students 

Historical qualifications in South Africa are no longer eligible for registration and our ICB Qualifications falls part of these historical qualifications.

This qualification is therefore no longer open to accept “NEW ADMISSIONS” (NEW ADMISSIONS refers to prospective students wanting to apply to study this qualification).

Our existing students, (already registered and have started with a module) may continue their studies.  There will be a 3 year teach-out phase post 28 June 2024.

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NQF Level




Minimum credits



This programme is right for you, if you have one or more of the following training or career needs:

  • I would like to make bookkeeping my career and work in the finance department of a company.
  • I would like to open my own bookkeeping practice one day.
  • I am running a small business and need to know more about the bookkeeping function.
  • I am considering starting a business, but I am not that good at bookkeeping.


The purpose of the Further Education and Training Certificate in Bookkeeping is to provide you with a nationally accredited, internationally recognised bookkeeping qualification that will allow you to become employable as a Senior Bookkeeper, Junior Accountant, Assistant Accountant, Financial Services Officer, Credit Controller or Business Analyst. Alternatively, if you are already running your own business, this programme will ensure that you will be able to perform certain bookkeeping functions for your business.


After you have successfully completed this programme, you should be able to do or have knowledge of the following:

• Monthly bookkeeping to trial balance (manual and computerised)
• Disclose profit and financial position
• Reconcile suppliers
• Draw up inventory and bank statements
• Calculate PAYE/UIF/SDL
• Calculate payroll tax and other deductions
• Complete EMP201, EMP501, IRP5, IRP6 and IT3a documents and VAT returns
• Monthly bookkeeping
• Asset disposal
• Year-end adjustments
• Comply with International Financial Reporting Standards for SMEs
• Work with branch accounts
• Complete incomplete records
• Analyse financial statements
• Understand cash flow
• Work with basic cost and management accounts
• Prepare manufacturing accounts
• Costing and budgeting.


The Further Education and Training Certificate in Bookkeeping consists of the following six

Module name
Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns
Computerised Bookkeeping – you will need access to a PC or a laptop for this subject
Business Literacy
Financial Statements
Cost and Management Accounting


Successful completion of the previous learning areas (1–4); i.e. hold the National Certificate:
Bookkeeping, NQF Level 3.


Applicants are required to be proficient in English prior to admission to the programme. Applicants whose first
language is not English may be required to provide proof of proficiency.

Open registration throughout the year.

What's next after this?

With your FET certificate in hand, why not continue your learning journey with us and register for one of our NQF Level 5 programmes in the School of Commerce?