Certificate: Accounting NQF5

The advanced level Certificate: Accounting Qualification consists of four units, plus two specialist units from a choice of five, with a total of six assessments. The qualification covers higher-level accounting tasks, including drafting financial statements, managing budgets and evaluating financial performance.


Entry requirements:

  • Competency in:
    • English Language literacy
    • Computer literacy
    • Mathematical literacy
  • The learner holds an AT(SA) FET Certificate: Accounting Technician Qualification.
    The learner undertakes an initial assessment to determine whether the Certificate: Accounting NQF5 is the correct stage at which they should start. This involves examining their previous learning and current skills in accounting.
    A learner with similar qualification and/or experience can apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL). In this case, proof of qualifications and work experience will be required.

Please contact our office should you wish to do the online skills/check. There is no cost involved but you need to have access to a computer with internet capabilities.


Assessment and award:

Competency-based assessment
AT(SA) Certificates are competency-based qualifications. This means that the learner must display competency in each task according to minimum standards. There are no percentages. A learner is found to be either Competent or Not Yet Competent in the module. A learner has access to various opportunities to become Competent, but based on the cost of an assessment we advise that the learner only do the final assessment once they are competent in the practice assessment and confident that they understand all the aspects in the module. There is a practice assessment for each module that the learner can do online; the learner needs to schedule a practice assessment with us, as it is a live assessment through the internet. There is no cost involved in taking the practice assessment.

Computer Based Assessments
The assessments of the AT(SA) Certificates are done through Computer Based Assessments (CBAs). The timetable for CBAs will be set according to the learner’s training schedule. Credo Business College will arrange the assessments at a computer centre as close to the learner as possible. The travelling and accommodation (if needed) will be for the learner’s own account.

Upon completion of this course, students will be awarded a Certificate: Accounting NQF Level 5 from SAICA.


Additional information

AT(SA) is an associate of SAICA, the foremost accountancy body in South Africa. To find out more about AT(SA), please visit: www.accountingtechniciansouthafrica.co.za.

AT(SA) Membership
After completing this course and gaining one year of relevant work experience at a supervisory level, learners will be able to apply for Platinum Membership with AT(SA).

Career Path

Jobs you’ll be qualified for at a Certificate: Accounting Qualification NQF Level 5 include:


  • Assistant Finance Manager
  • Finance Team Leader
  • Accounts Manager
  • Financial Controller
  • Qualified Accounting Technician


    Holders of the Certificate: Accounting NQF5 qualification:

    • Are eligible to apply to become full members of the AT(SA).
    • Gain direct entry into the second stage of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Professional Qualification. They are exempted from the Certificate in Business Accounting.
    • Gain direct entry into the second stage of the Association of Chartered Certified Accounts (ACCA) Professional Scheme. They are exempted from Part 1.
    Contact Details

    Contact Person: 

    Andrea van der Merwe
    Course Details

    NQF Level: 

    Level 5



    Course Delivery Method: 

    Distance Distance

    Course Duration: 

    12 - 18 months


    R 34 439.60 (Full Qualification including VAT)