So you considered becoming an Accountant but worried that you are not good at math. If that is the case then I have good news for you. You only need a basic understanding of math.

Job Responsibilities

They work through and sort out receipts, forms and other documents.

They work trough the list of people who are employed at a company to pay them their monthly salary.

They make sure that the company spends money within the budget. 

Accounts examine financial statements to add credibility to a company’s financial position.

Accountants examine how global and economic factors might change the financial state of a company. 

What to Study

Certified Financial Accounting: ICB National Diploma

ICB National Diploma: Certified Financial Accounting course is for you! It will equip you with knowledge and practical skills in bookkeeping, financial accounting and more.
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Technical Financial Accounting: ICB National Diploma

An Advance Accounting Course that focuses on the more Technical Parts of Financial Accounting like Tax Returns and Business Law. Sign up today to find out more!
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Certified Senior Bookkeeping: ICB Certificate

The ICB FET Certificate: Bookkeeping (Certified Senior Bookkeeper) is for you! It will equip you with knowledge and practical skills in bookkeeping, financial accounting and more.
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What does an Accountant do?

Ever wondered how companies manage to keep track of their finances? We have one word for you: accountants. Accountants work with finances. They collect and record financial information.

This information will then be reported to the company executives and external audiences.  This is important because business growth is dependent on how the company is doing financially. Making the Accountant key to the growth of the business.

The Accountant manages all cash flow coming in and going out of the business. 

That is but a few of the key duties of an Accountant. But, there is so much more to an Accountant.

What qualifications do you need to be an accountant?

Before we look at what qualifications are needed let’s look at if it’s a good choice to become an Accountant? If you are looking for a steady career that offers job security you have to look no further. Furthermore, you will be a valuable asset to any business and in a high demand career field. So YES! It’s a great choice. 

So what qualifications are needed anyways? A quick Google search will tell you that you need an Accounting degree to become an Accountant. Well, don’t despair. Here is what you need to get into the field. Start a distance learning course with Skills Academy. 

Now, what courses are available at Skills Academy for Accounting? Currently, we offer 2 accredited courses for accounting. With 2 ICB (The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) courses.

Skills Needed to be an Accountant

Now that you know where to start your education let look at skills needed. There are key skills that every Accountant needs. These skills range from communication skills to analysing. These are the types of skills that will make you a great Accountant.

  • Attention to detail
  • Reporting Skills
  • Confidentiality
  • Time management
  • Data Entry
  • General Math Skills

Accountant Salary

Accountants are responsible for payroll so it no wonders that they earn a more than a decent salary. It also helps that Accounts are in high demand and an important part of any business. No matter if it’s a big corporation or small business.

So what salary can you expect as an Accountant? That largely depends on the duties and responsibilities of the Accountant. But the average salary for an Accountant is R33 575 per month.

Are Accountants in Demand in South Africa?

Yes. Accountants are in demand in South Africa. Especially those accountants who have special certifications from SAICA. SAICA is The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants

It’s a certification awarded to accounting professionals to be able to do auditing, taxation, management accounting, financial accounting, etc. With this certification, you become a Chartered Accountant (CA), one of the most flexible and in demand accounting professions.

Moreover, it’s not just businesses that need accountants. South Africa as a country needs them too. With all this corruption, accountants are needed to ensure that the country’s public records are kept accurately and that taxes are paid.

To be a chartered accountant, you need to complete the SAICA certification qualification. You will then register to be a member of SAICA. Only after you’ve registered with SAICA will you be a recognised CA.

Let’s get you started on your dream and on your way to becoming an Accountant. Click this link and we call you back!

Author: Lucrisia Wyngaard

Last Updated: August 18, 2020