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Public Sector Accounting Programme

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Public Sector Accounting Programme

Are you…

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

If you want to work in finance in government or municipalities, this is the programme to study. It's 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 and you'll achieve the ICB Financial Accounting: Foundation Level (and the National Certificate: Public Sector Accounting). Progress through the programme's Intermediate and Advanced Levels to keep building your skill set and increase your employability.

National Certificate: Public Sector Accounting

NQF L4 - (SAQA ID 20352)
TOTAL CREDITS: 120

DURATION: 12 months

Entry requirements:

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

Subjects:

1. Bookkeeping to Trial Balance (BKTB)
2. Public Accounting Administration (PAAD)
3. Computerised Bookkeeping (CPBK)
4. Business Literacy (BUSL)

Jobs you'll be able to apply for:

Harvest Institute 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.

NQF L5 - (SAQA ID 20353)
TOTAL CREDITS: 137

DURATION: 12 months

Entry requirements:

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

Subjects:

5. Financial Statements (FNST)
6. Cost and Management Accounting (CMGT)
7. Technical Public Accounting (TPAC)
8. Business Law and Accounting Control (BLAC)

Jobs you'll be able to apply for:

Harvest Institute Technical Public Accountant
Harvest Institute 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)
TOTAL CREDITS: 280

DURATION: 12 months

Entry requirements:

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

Subjects:

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

Jobs you'll be able to apply for:

Harvest Institute Public Sector Financial Accountant
Harvest InstituteFinancial Accountant
Harvest Institute 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.