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ICB Public Sector Accounting Programme



If you want to work in finance in government or municipalities, this is the stream to study.

This programme has been designed to address the lack of skills in the public sector and give learners knowledge that will help government run more productively. You’ll learn how to produce high quality financial statements, implement basic internal controls, conduct effective internal auditing, and apply sound accounting and financial principles.

Complete the first four subjects - ICB Public Sector Accounting: Foundation Level - and you’ll get your first qualification (National Certificate: Public Sector Accounting). Progress through the programme’s Intermediate and Advanced levels to keep building your skill set and increase your employability.

This programme is ideal if you are:

  • Considering a job in the public sector
  • Already working in government and want to switch
    to finance or improve your financial skills
  • Interested in helping your local government/municipality run smoothly
  • Keen to serve your community
  • Known to have a good head for numbers.

Did you know?

Enhance your studies and broaden your employment options by completing just one or two extra subjects in the Financial Accounting Programme:

  • If you hold the National Certificate: Public Sector Accounting, you can attain the National Certificate: Bookkeeping by completing the Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns subject.
  • If you have qualified with the Diploma: Public Sector Accounting, you can get the National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting by completing the Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns and the Income Tax Returns subjects.

For more details, please see the Unit Content on the Course Content tab above or contact us.



National Certificate: Public Sector Accounting

(NQF L4 - SAQA ID 20352)

 Entry requirements:

  • Grade 11, NQF 3 or equivalent.
  • You must be at least 16 years of age.
  • No prior accounting knowledge needed.


1. Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
2. Public Accounting Administration
3. Computerised Bookkeeping
4. Business Literacy

Jobs you'll be able to apply for:

Public Accounts Administrator

What you'll be able to do:

Administer public accounts. Help improve public sector financial management by adding value, efficiency and productivity to government departments.



Diploma: Public Sector Accounting

(NQF L5 - SAQA ID 20353)

 Entry requirements:

  • National Certificate: Public Sector Accounting, which consists of the previous 4 learning areas.


5. Financial Statements
6. Cost and Management Accounting
7. Technical Public Accounting
8. Business Law and Accounting Control

Jobs you'll be able to apply for:

Technical Public Accountant, Accounting Technician in the public sector

What you'll be able to do:

Work as a qualified accounting technician in the public sector. Make a positive contribution to the country by improving public finance management; contribute to the optimal use of state resources; demonstrate a shift from cash to accrual accounting. 



National Diploma: Financial Accounting

(NQF L6 - SAQA ID 20366)

 Entry requirements:

  • Diploma: Public Sector Accounting, which consists of the previous 8 learning areas.


9. Corporate Strategy
10. Management Accounting and Control Systems
11. Financial Reporting and Regulatory Frameworks
12. Research Theory and Practice (by short dissertation; topic: Public Accounting)

Jobs you'll be able to apply for:

Public Sector Financial Accountant, Financial Accountant. Accounting Officer (via SAIBA, if you meet their criteria).

What you'll be able to do:

Compile annual financial statements; register with SAIBA as an Accounting Officer (once you meet their requirements); work with Chartered Accountants and Auditors; have a thorough knowledge of accounting theory and practice, strategy, management accounting and regulatory frameworks.



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