Diploma in Public Sector Accounting (ICB)

Full-Time I SAQA ID: 20353 I NQF Level: 5 I Credits: 137 I Course Type: Agent Programme

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Number crunchers who want to make a difference can start adding up the benefits with a Diploma in Public Sector Accounting (ICB).

Why this course is perfect for you?

Are you a politically savvy, logically minded person with a knack for numbers? If so, an awesome career in Public Sector Accounting awaits you.

Taking the principles of effective accounting into the sphere of government requires specialised training, an understanding of basic internal controls, a firm grasp on auditing skills and much more. Public sector accounting means making a difference in national, provincial or local government and ensuring the appropriate and savvy use of public funds.

As a future mover and shaker in the field of public finance, the Diploma in Public Sector Accounting will provide you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need, such as accounting systems, risk management, controlling of inventory and cash flows, and much, much more.

Why study with Damelin?

As soon as you join the Damelin family, you become part of a network of students, lecturers and friends, who will assist and support you during this exciting journey in your life. Our courses are designed to make your learning as comfortable as possible, with facilities that allow you to build your career in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Our lecturers will provide all the support and guidance you require, so you leave Damelin with an unforgettable campus experience.

How to get in?

Registering for the Diploma in Public Sector Accounting (ICB) is simple. We have various touch-points for your convenience. Simply call, email, fill in an online enquiry form, or pop into one of our 17 campuses nationwide, where one of our consultants will gladly assist you.


Learners who have successfully completed the National Certificate: Public Sector Accounting, which consists of the following 4 learning areas:

  1. Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
  2. Public Accounting Administration
  3. Computerised Bookkeeping
  4. Business Literacy

Time you will spend on the course

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

Course content and modules

You will cover these modules during the duration of your diploma.


*Indicates subjects that need to be completed in the sequence stipulated.

Semester 1

Financial Statements

  • Finalisation and interpretation of accounts
  • Financial statements of the sole trader
  • Partnerships
  • Corporate entities
  • Introduction to IFRS for SMEs
  • Statement of cash flow

Cost and Management Accounting

  • An introduction to managerial accounting
  • Controlling inventory and overhead costs
  • Accounting for a manufacturing enterprise
  • Budgeting and standard costing

Business Law and Accounting Control 

  • The unspoken laws of business
  • The written laws of business
  • Managing your personal finances
  • Accounting systems - Internal control systems
  • Managing accounting systems
  • Accounting systems - stock control
  • Accounting systems - analytical review
  • Liquidation and executors’ accounts

Technical Public Accounting 

  • Basic economic principles
  • Management information systems
  • Public sector financial statements
  • Risk management in the public sector
  • Performance management in the public sector
  • Project management in the public sector

Workplace Learning 

  • This programme does not include a Workplace Learning Component 

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Materials to stay ahead

A list of prescribed textbooks will be made available at the start of the course.

Careers you’d be great at

  • Technical Public Accountant
  • Public Sector Accounting Technician

The strength in your qualification

This diploma is accredited by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) South Africa at level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) with the SAQA ID No: 20353.

On successful completion of the course, you will receive a Diploma in Public Sector Accounting (ICB).

Take your education to the next degree

Go even further with a higher qualification. With this diploma you can study further at Damelin or another accredited institution.
 *Admission to further your studies remains the prerogative of each institution and its academic council

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