National Diploma Technical Financial Accounting (NQF 5)

Purpose of Qualification

The purpose of this qualification is to provide learners with comprehensive knowledge of bookkeeping, financial accounting, cost accounting, personal taxation and business law. This Qualification is designed to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to be appointed as Financial Accounting Technicians who have an important role to play, either as support staff to the Accountant, where they provide Accounting and Financial Management support in the field of Accounting and Financial Management in medium to large organisations or by assuming the role of Accountant in a smaller organisation.

Overview (Total Credits: 251)

Career Focus

  • Senior Bookkeeper

  • Debtors Clerk

  • Accounting Technician

  • Payroll Administrator

  • Creditors Clerk

  • Assistant Accountant

Registered With

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB); FASSET SETA

Accredited By

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB)

Admission Requirements

FETC: Bookkeeping level 4


  • Certificate in Business Accounting: Level 5
  • Certified Accounting Technician (CAT)
  • CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting
  • National Diploma in Financial Accounting: Level 6
  • Qualifications of other professional bodies such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Assessment of Programme

Assessment is conducted as both a Formative Assessment and a Summative Assessment. The Formative Assessment is covered as continuous assessment tests and completion of an Online Portfolio of Evidence by the student. The Summative Assessment takes place as a national summative exam for first and second semesters.

Course Structure

Year 1 Modules

Semester 1

  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance

  • Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns

Semester 2

  • Business Literacy
  • Computerised Bookkeeping

Year 2 Modules

Semester 1

  • Income Tax Returns

  • Business Law and Accounting Control

Semester 2

  • Financial Statements
  • Cost and Management Accounting

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