National Certificate in Public Sector Accounting (ICB)

Full-Time I SAQA ID: 20352 I NQF Level: 4 I Credits: 120 I Course Type: National Certificate

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Savvy students with a knack for numbers can set their sights on a career in Public Sector Accounting with a National Certificate in Public Sector Accounting (ICB).

Why this course is perfect for you?

Are you a methodically-minded person with an interest in both accounting and politics? If so, a dynamic career in Public Sector Accounting lies ahead of you.

To succeed in the realm of Public Sector Accounting, you need to start with the basics – things like recording cash transactions, the bank reconciliation process, completing tax returns, using Pastel Partner and analysing data. Once you’ve got these skills, you can work towards 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 National Certificate in Public Sector Accounting will provide you with the foundations you’ll need to do great things in the future.

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 National Certificate: 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.


  • Grade 11, NQF 3 or equivalent
  • You must be at least 16 years old
  • No prior accounting knowledge needed

Time you will spend on the course

This is a one-year course, in which you will attend full-time classes during the week. 

Course content and modules

You will cover these modules during the duration of your National Certificate.


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

Year 1

  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
  • Public Accounting Administration
  • Computerised Bookkeeping
  • Business Literacy

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Materials to stay ahead

A list of prescribed textbooks will be made available at the start of the course. You will also receive an electronic version (e-guide) of this course. Textbooks are excluded from the course fee.

Careers you’d be great at

  • Public Accounts Administrator

The strength in your qualification

This National Certificate is accredited by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) South Africa at level 4 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) with the SAQA ID No: 20352.

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 National Certificate 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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