Frequently Asked Questions

Skills Academy strives to make sure that you have answers to any questions that you might have. Our home study frequently asked questions section is a short list of the questions we get asked most often. If you have a question that is not answered here then please fill in the form and we will get back to  you.


home study frequently asked questions


How do I register for a course?


Registering with Skills Academy is quick and easy!  Our paperless registration process can be completed entirely online by filling in your information in the form here: Registration and we will get back to you as soon as we can or you can phone one of our helpful course consultants on 0800 39 00 27 and they will guide you through the registration process.




What does an accredited course mean?


When you choose to start studying a course, it is important to know that you are signed up with a reputable college. You will need to be registered with a college that has been through the accreditation process so that your potential employers will recognise your qualification and know that you can bring something to the table when you join their team. When a training institution is inspected for its accreditation, the accrediting body looks at the ability of the training institution to successfully offer the course for which they are being accredited. This means they look at the structures, venues, study materials, financial health, tax status and BEE status as part of the accrediting process.


Skills Academy has passed these and all the other accreditation requirements in full, check out our accreditation in full here: Accreditation




What are the advantages of Home Study?


Home Study has been around forever but now with the amazing advances in technology it’s even easier than ever before. There are many advantages to studying from home such as:


  • You can study and work at the same time
  • You do not have to travel every day
  • You can take care of your children while you study
  • You can study at your own pace
  • You can save money


What are my payment options?


The Skills Academy student finance department is always available to help you with your payment options. We offer fast and easy payment options so that you never needs to struggle with paying for your studies. Look at how our student finance department can help you here: Student Finance




What courses I can study without Matric?


What is the big deal with Matric anyway? Just because you do not have a Matric certificate does not mean that you can not study further! Skills Academy offers many courses that you can study without a Matric. Look at what courses are available to you here: No Matric? No Problem!




What jobs can I do that does not require Matric?


Not every job requires you to have Matric, in fact, there are plenty of jobs that you don’t need to have a Matric to start. Did you know that over 50% of kids who start school in South Africa, will never sit in a Matric Class? That means that most of those people will still be able to find work and start a career.  The best way to get ahead with your future is to study a course that does not need a Matric. Check out one of our no Matric courses and see if there is a career that interests you here: No Matric? No Problem!




What can I study that is equivalent to Matric?


If you missed out on your opportunity to get a Matric Certificate, then there are many other options for study. Some of them are promoted as “Matric Equivalent” qualifications. So before you sign up for a Matric Equivalent Qualification, you must make sure you understand how such a qualification compares to a Matric Certificate.There are many institutions that can offer a quality curriculum and assessment in accordance with the regulations of the government. These institutions need to be registered with the Independent Examinations Board (IEB), and students need to meet the entrance requirements of the institution.  Contact Umalusi here: to find out which Adult Based Education and Training Institution is best for you.




Can I study at Unisa without Matric?


You have discovered the career of your dreams, now you need a degree to get the job, but you didn’t finish your Matric. If you do not have a Matric don’t worry you are not alone in this, if you want to apply for a degree through institutions such as UNISA, don’t worry, there is still hope for you. If you don’t meet the minimum admission requirements for the degree that you want to study, you can start with a relevant lower-level qualification, such as a higher certificate or diploma, and from there you can apply for a degree course and then work through the admission requirements for each level of qualification







I want to study Project Management. Where do I start?


Project management is a fantastic course to study no matter what field you work in. Project management studies are the fastest way to get ahead in the world of business. The fastest and easiest way to strat is by studying one of Skills Academy’s project management courses. Our paperless registration process can be completed entirely online by filling in your information in the form here: Registration and we will get back to you as soon as we can or you can phone one of our helpful course consultants on 0800 39 00 27 and they will guide you through the registration process.




What are my career options if I study Project Management?


The great thing about having a project management qualification is that you can work in almost any field.  If you have learned to communicate well, are an effective leader,have experience, and know how to deliver outstanding projects, then you can get just about any job you want. Need to know more about your career options, have a look at our career page here: Careers





What is Construction Project Management?


Construction project management involves the planning, coordination, and control over the various tasks involved in construction projects. This could include different types of construction projects, like agricultural, residential, commercial, institutional, industrial, heavy civil, and environmental. Construction is a very specific field so you will need to know about building codes, plans, and specs, however, the basic of project management are the same as in any other field so you can start off by studying a simple project management course.




I want a list of Short courses.


We have got you covered. Here is a list of short courses that Skills Academy has available: Short Courses




Can I do business management short courses?


Yes, you can! You can find business management short courses here: Short Courses or if you are looking for a course that is more comprehensive visit our business management page here: Business Management




I am interested in computer studies. Where should I start?


If you have very little computer knowledge you can start with the basics and build your way up to an adavanced qualification. We offer basic qualification ranging from PC rep[ait and Microsoft courses all the way up to the more advanced fundamentals courses. Try one of these courses to get your started:



What computer courses can I study?


Skills Academy offers a selection of internationally recognised computer qualifications from CompTIA. You can study courses that range from cloud computing to networking to database management to security. To find out more about our great selection of computer courses go here: Computer Courses




What computer short courses can I do?


There are some computer short courses available have a look at our short course list here: Short Courses or if you are looking for a course that is more comprehensive visit our computer courses page here: Computer Courses




What events management short courses can I do?


Skills Academy offers a range of events management courses. You can study a wedding planner, event coordinator or event management course. Find out more info about these courses here: Event Management Courses or if you are more interested in the tourism sector you can study one of our travel and tourism courses here: Tourism Courses




Can I do accounting short courses?


Accounting is a very specialised field that requires you to get a full qualification if you want to work as an accountant. But if you want to start a career in accounting but you are not ready to commit to a full course ye then a really good way to start is to do one of Skills Academy’s ICB modules as a short course. You Can study each ICB module as a short course and then you can build up to a full qualification. Have a look at our ICB courses page to see which one is right for you here: ICB Courses.


If you want to pursue a career in accounting try starting with one of these modules:


  • Bookkeeping
  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
  • Business Literacy
  • Computerised Bookkeeping
  • Economics
  • Financial Statements


What secretarial short courses can I do?


Skills Academy offers some secretarial short courses available have a look at our short course list here: Short Courses or if you are looking for a course that is more comprehensive visit our secretarial courses page here: Secretarial Courses




Who are the ICB – Institute of Certified Bookkeepers?


The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers South Africa is a professional body that is responsible for improving the standards of bookkeeping and accounting qualifications throughout the country. THE ICB’s objectives are to promote bookkeeping as a profession, increase recognition for bookkeeping as an integral part of the financial profession, promote education and learning, enable the achievement of a recognised bookkeeping qualification and to provide a trusted benchmark for the profession> You can find more about the ICB here: The ICB




What ICB Courses can I study?


You can study a range of ICB accredited courses. To find out more about our offers click here: ICB Courses.




What is the role of the ICBA in relation to the ICB?


Who is the ICBA? The ICBA is the Institute of Bookkeepers and Accountants and focuses on professional membership. The ICBA is the professional body of which you can become a member if you are successful in your studies and they represent a way to get professional recognition for your studies and your work experience. Need to know more about how the ICB and the ICBA fot together? Have a look at our ICBA page here: ICBA




What ICB Bookkeeping courses can I study?


Bookkeeping refers to the process of recording the daily financial activities of a business, as well as updating and safe-guarding such records for accounting purposes. Skills Academy has several ICB accredited bookkeeping courses that you can study. Check out our ICB bookkeeping courses here: Bookkeeping Courses




Can I study ICB courses via distance learning or home study?


Yes! It is so easy to study with the ICB from home. You simply need to regsiter for an ICB course through as approved ICB provider college such as Skills Academy. If you want to make sure that a college is registered with teh ICB then you can check details here: ICB Providers




Last updated: February 19, 2019

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