National Certificate: Bookkeeping (ICB)

Certificate | Full Time and Agent Programme**


Level 3


The purpose of this qualification is to provide learners with the knowledge, understanding, and skills to become a Bookkeeper. It also serves as an introduction to the field of Accounting. Successful completion of this qualification will give the learner the knowledge and skills required not only to perform his/her Accounting job efficiently, but also to proceed on a path of life-long learning in Accounting. Learners with this qualification will be able to provide accounting support and recording of the day-to-day financial transactions of organizations.

How much will
it cost?

Select a campus

*Not all programmes are offered at all campuses.

Damelin-FET-Main-2019 National Certificate: Small Business Management (ICB)

Download an Infopack

Enrol Now


1 year, full-time study based on contact hours as determined by the ICB.

+Career fields

Learners who complete this qualification could pursue a career as a/an:

  • Human Resources Office
  • Junior Bookkeeper
  • Assistant Cost and Management Accountant


Upon successful completion of the programme, ICB will issue learners with a Results Letter outlining the modules covered and the National Certificate: Bookkeeping, SAQA ID 58375 (Credits 120) with a FASSET endorsement will be awarded. Learner results will be recorded on the ICB National Learner Records Database within 3 months of completion.

**Whenever Damelin offers training towards a programme that will be awarded by another provider or institute, it is called an Agent Programme. In the case of an Agent Programme, Damelin registers the learners, provides tuition and conducts internal assessments. External examinations with the agent body will result in learners receiving the certificate from them.

+Admission Requirements

  • Knowledge, comprehension and application of the English language at NQF 2/Grade 10 or equivalent
  • Knowledge, comprehension and application of Mathematical Literacy at NQF 2/Grade 10 or equivalent
  • Knowledge, comprehension and application of a South African 2nd language at NQF 2/Grade 10 or equivalent
  • No prior accounting knowledge is required

+Additional Costs

  • Learners are expected to make provision for the following item: Event Planners’ Toolkit, subject to quote from suppliers.
  • Additional assessment fees may be applicable. Refer to Academic Fee Schedule.

Read More

+Programme Outline

Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
  • Source documents
  • The rules of double entry
  • Subsidiary journals
  • The general ledger
  • Bookkeeping for different inventory systems
  • Bank and creditors’ reconciliation
Payroll and Monthly SARS
  • Recording business financial transactions
  • Revise the manual monthly bookkeeping function
  • Introduction to payroll
  • The Basic Conditions of Employment Act as well as basic business ethics
  • Ethics and the registered Tax Practitioner
  • Completing the payroll function from a bookkeeping perspective
  • Completing the SARS payroll returns (EMP201, IRP5, IT3a, IRP501)
  • Completing the VAT201 return
  • Statutory registrations
Computerised Bookkeeping
  • Basic PC concepts
  • Working with Windows
  • Working with the Internet and Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Outlook
  • Working with MS Excel
  • Working with MS Word
  • Working with MS PowerPoint
  • The monthly bookkeeping function on MS Office
  • The monthly bookkeeping function on a computerised accounting package (PASTEL)
Business Literacy
  • Key principles of effective communication in the workplace
  • Business writing skills
  • Spoken communication
  • Work readiness
  • Business calculations: fractions, decimals, integers, percentages, ratios, proportions, equations, interest rates, measurements, shapes
Workplace Learning

This programme does not include a Workplace Learning Component