National Certificate Public Sector Accounting (NQF4)

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National Certificate Public Sector Accounting (NQF4)

Course Fee: R12,100.00

The Public Accounts Administrator qualification is broken down into 4 subjects, which are entered and examined individually by the ICB.

Course content

Subjects are the particular fields of study that are covered in a course. The subjects below make up this course and will need to be completed in order for you to complete this course.

1. Business Literacy

Designed to equip you with the basic numerical and communication skills required to operate effectively in business.

2. Bookkeeping to Trial Balance

Introducing you to source documents, the rules of double entry, subsidiary journals, the general ledger, bookkeeping for the different inventory systems and bank and creditors reconciliations.

3. Computerised Bookkeeping

It is essential that the bookkeeper be able to complete the monthly bookkeeping function on a computer. In this module you will learn how to do bookkeeping using Microsoft Office and a computerised accounting package, Pastel.

4. Public Accounting Administration

Learn about the structure of the South African Public Sector and the role of the financial management system. Get a general understanding of the legislative framework governing financial management and ethics in the public sector. You will also be introduced to income tax, payroll administration, employees tax, supply chain and credit management.

Additional information


Once off full payment, 4 months, 8 months, 12 months

Registration Fee

R 3000

How to study this programme

The Institute of Business Management – IBM is your training provider while the ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) is the examining body. You first have to enroll with the Institute of Business Management – IBM, select an exam date and enter an exam for each module. When you enter for an exam, you receive your digital PoE (Portfolio of Evidence) with all the tests and assignments.  Your study material will be couriered to you included in the course fee. For the National Certificate of Bookkeeping Foundation level you receive 4 learner guides and 4 PoE’s and you enter and write 4 exams.

This PoE includes 3 assignments and 2 tests that you complete during your study phase. Each PoE is submitted and assessed together with a final exam.

Once you have passed all subjects in a qualification, the qualification is awarded by the ICB and FASSET.

Learner Assistance

You will be assigned a learner assistant that will help you throughout the duration of your studies. Learner assistants may be contacted by email or telephone.

Read more about the ICB, fees, and assessment information by following this link: ICB information

Professional Designation

Completion of the certificate will allow you to apply for membership of the Institute of Public Finance and Auditing (IPFA) at tier 4 as a Registered Public Sector Accounts Administrator.


12 Months


  • NQF Level 3
  • ICB & QCTO Certification
  • SAQA Qualification ID: 58375
  • Credits: 120
  • Subjects: 4

Entry Requirements

  • Grade 11 or equivalent
  • No prior accounting knowledge needed
  • You must be at least 16 years old

Course Fee Breakdown

The course fee per subject includes textbooks and delivery, but does not include the exam fee or the annual ICB registration fee. Please see the table below for the total course fee breakdown:

Per Subject Total
Course Fee 4 subjects R3 025 R12 100
Exam Fee 4 subjects R 675 R2 820
ICB Annual Registration Fee N/A R 360
Total R15 370

Installment Payment Options

Study material can be downloaded immediately once the Registration Fee has been paid as the first installment payment. On the Enrolment Form a payment option can be selected as from below. Installment payment is open to all and no credit checks will be done. Installment payment facilities will only be granted for collection by bank debit order.

4 Months 8 Months 12 Months
R2 426 p/m R1 288 p/m R879 p/m
Reg Fee R3 000 Reg Fee R3 000 Reg Fee R3 000