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Certificate: Bookkeeping NQF4 (Junior/Senior Bookkeeper)


Bookkeepers perform general accounting duties. They maintain complete sets of financial records, keep track of accounts, and verify the accuracy of procedures used for recording financial transactions.  


Bookkeeping is a rewarding career path and the reasons to study a bookkeeping course go further than just having a head for numbers and killer organizational skills. The field is constantly growing, isn’t narrow—nor is it boring (let’s bust that stereotype right now!). The noble bookkeeper does everything from maintaining financial records, problem solving to taking on the role of trusted financial advisor. 


Our programme offers both qualifications on a junior and senior bookkeeping level and is accredited by ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) and FASSET SETA.


* NOTE: You can exit after completing a level but it is not reccomended. 

Part 1: Foundation Level, National Certificate for Bookkeeping (Junior Bookkeeper)

The Foundational Level will give you the skills to keep records of financial affairs of a business.  You will learn Monthly bookkeeping to trial balance (manual and computerised); disclose profit and financial position; reconcile suppliers, inventory and bank statements; calculate PAYE/UIF/SDL; payroll tax and other deductions; EMP201, EMP501, IRP5, IRP6 and IT3a documents and VAT returns.


Part 2: Intermediate Level, FET Certificate for Bookkeeping (Senior Bookkeeper)

The Intermediate Level will give you the skills to keep records of financial affairs of the business on a Senior level and also the knowledge to be a Junior or Assistant Accountant. You will learn Monthly bookkeeping; asset disposal; year-end adjustments; International Financial Reporting Standards for SMMEs; branch accounts; incomplete records; analysis of financial statements; understand cash flow; basic cost and management accounts; prepare manufacturing accounts; costing and budgeting.

Admission Requirements:

  • Grade 10 (Std 8) or equivalent
  • No prior accounting knowledge needed

Hardware Requirements

Please note that you are required to have your own computer for this qualification. AIE, in partnership with Dell and TripleH committed to supplying every student with a Dell laptop to support our DigitalCampus initiative. Available exclusivly to AIE students, devices can now be financed with your tuition fees. We provide three models:



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Salaries & Skills



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  • Pricing & Payment Options

  • Duration

    Full Time 

    • 12 months (10 Sessions/Week, 2:00 hours each, +- 2 ½ day/week, class times are between 08:30 & 16:00)
    • All credits are achieved via your study duration at the institute plus certification exams.

    *Sessions will be grouped together to lower cost of traveling, however, in some cases classes may not follow this convention and schedules are subject to change. 


    Online & Part Time  

    • Part Time = 12 months (2 x evening classes, 18:00 to 21:00, Mon & Wed OR Tues & Thur) 
    • Online = 12 months (Onle live Q&A or structured classes, twice/week, 17:00 - 18:00, Mon & Wed OR Tues & Thurs) 
    • Credits are obtained through a combination of live virtual classes, pre-recorded video lectures and project-based tasks. 
  • Career Options

    • Junior Bookkeeper
    • Bookkeeper  
    • Senior Bookkeeper
  • Study Kit

    Your study kit is included in your fees and will contain:

    • Free WIFI (10GB/Month, On Campus only).   
    • ICB Approved and Accredited textbooks for all subjects.  
    • Orientation kit including: Student Card, Welcome Letter, and Getting Started Guide.   
    • Access to our myAcademy student portal and student support team via phone, email and tickets.  

What you get

This qualification is designed to provide the student with multiple certificates
and qualifications, both locally and internationally recognised by industry for maximum employability.  


On completion the student will earn:  


  • Part 1: Foundation Level, National Certificate for Bookkeeping (Junior Bookkeeper), National Certificate: Bookkeeping NQF L3 (SAQA ID: 58375), Total credits: 120
  • Part 2: Intermediate Level, FET Certificate for Bookkeeping (Senior Bookkeeper), Further Education and Training Certificate: Bookkeeping NQF L4 (SAQA ID: 58376) Total cumulative credits: 130 

Our Learning Methods

At AIE, The Academic Institute of Excellence we understand that that each person prefers different learning styles and techniques. This is influenced by many factors including, circumstances, location, field of study and learning preference. It is for this reason that we have developed our myWay learning methodology, a unique and modern approach to blended learning that encompasses multiple delivery methods, involving our three main channels.

Full Time

Reach your full potential through our myWay Instructor-led or Mentorship based classes combined with interactive lessons, practical assignments and in-field experience, combined with our blended platform to make up a full day or selective days within a week.

Part Time

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provides you with the flexibility and benefit of our myWay Blended Learning with at home exercises/assignments and mentored or in-class lectures at a manageable schedule and pace.


We have re-defined online learning. Our myWay Online Learning ensures that the student is supported by technology and people throughout his academic journey. We focus on a blended learning approach, combining online Virtual Classrooms, at home exercises, activities and project-based assignments bundled with fully developed video lectures, all managed by our student learning platform.

Career Video

Watch this video to understand a day in the life of a Bookkeeper. 

Important Notes

Your study fees will include/exclude: 

  • Included in Fees:  All hardcopy manuals, access to student portal and resources. 
  • Exclusive in Fees: National Examination which is R675.00 per subject and ICB membership fee of R350.00

Part 1: Foundation Level, National Certificate for Bookkeeping 


Bookkeeping to Trial Balance:

  • An introduction to business, bookkeeping and accounting 
  • Value Added Tax and source documents 
  • Recording cash transactions 
  • Recording credit and sundry transactions 
  • Inventory systems 
  • Individual accounts for debtors and creditors, and supplier and general ledger reconciliations 
  • The bank reconciliation process 
  • Drafting financial statements 

Payroll & Monthly SARS Returns:

  • Basic bookkeeping and VAT 
  • Plan, organise, implement, monitor and work within the payroll environment 
  • Record and validate input variations on employee records 
  • Basic conditions of employment 
  • Statutory registrations Complete PAYE documents 
  • Accounting for payroll 
  • Computerised payroll 
  • Monthly SARS returns and eFiling 
  • Ethics and the registered Tax Practitioner 


Computerised Bookkeeping 

  • Introduction to computing 
  • The Windows Operating System 
  • Working with Internet and Email 
  • Working with Microsoft Word 2010 
  • Working with Microsoft Excel 2010 
  • Working with Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 


Business Literacy 

  • The key principles of effective business communication 
  • Spoken communication 
  • Written communication 
  • Work readiness 
  • Working with numbers: an introduction 
  • Working with fractions and decimal numbers 
  • Percentages, ratios, proportions and equations 
  • Using interest rates in business 
  • Measure, analyse and communicate workplace data 
  • Business communication – Putting it all together 
  • Business numeracy – Putting it all together 

Part 2: Intermediate Level, FET Certificate for Bookkeeping 


Financial Statements: 

  • Recording business financial transactions 
  • Depreciable assets 
  • Finalisation and interpretation of accounts 
  • Financial statements of the sole proprietorship 
  • Internal reporting for corporate entities 
  • An Introduction to IFRS for SMMEs 
  • Statement of cash flows 

Cost and Management Accounting 

  • An introduction to managerial accounting 
  • Controlling inventory and overhead costs 
  • Accounting for a manufacturing enterprise 
  • Job costing 
  • Budgeting and standard costing 
  • Contract accounting 
  • Process costing 
  • Financial management 

Time Management (additional short course added) 

  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 05 February 2020
    03 February 2020
    Part Time
  • 05 February 2020
    03 February 2020
    Full Time
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 05 February 2020
    03 February 2020
    Full Time
  • 05 February 2020
    03 February 2020
    Part Time
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 05 February 2020
    03 February 2020

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