Public Sector Accounting Courses

Public Sector Accounting is a method used in government and non-profit organisations to manage their finances. If that sounds like a career field that interests you, why not sign up for our Public Sector Accounting Courses? It could take you one step closer to a rewarding career!

We Offer The Following Range Of Public Sector Accounting Courses:

Public Sector Accounting Courses

ICB National Certificate: Public Sector Accounting

A 16 Month Accredited Certificate course that              qualifies you to work in the Public Sector. This course only requires Grade 11 to start.

ICB Diploma: Public Sector Accounting

A 26 month Diploma Level Course that dives deep     into the theory and knowledge behind Public Sector Accounting and Administration.

ICB National Diploma: Public Sector Accounting

A Public Sector Accounting National Diploma is the highest level of qualification for this subject. This course requires a NQF 6 Level Qualification to start.

What is Meant by the Public Sector?

The public sector of an economy is the section that provides a range of services including transportation, public education, health care, police and military services. These services are run by national, local and provincial government.

Where Does a Public Sector Accountant fit in?

Public Sector Accounting keeps the government running smoothingly. A public sector accountant is responsible for making sure that an organisation’s financial management is effective and efficient. They do this by making best use of public money.

Public sector accountants are monitored by the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB). They are responsible for developing the standards in accounting for organisations in the public sector worldwide.

Duties of a Public Sector Accountant

Public Sector Accounting is an important part of government. Due to this, public sector accountants have a range of duties. Therefore, they need to do the following:

  • Develop and manage financial systems and policies 
  • Prepare and monitor budgets and accounts 
  • Control expenditure and cash flow 
  • Monitor how money is spent
  • Report on performance 
  • Carry out internal audits 
  • Look at financial records and statements 
  • Prepare annual reports on accounts 

Other career options: 

  • Financial Advisor 
  • Tax Accountant 
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Bookkeeper

What Skills do I Need to do Accounting? 

Accounting skills include a wide range of abilities such as working with numbers, paying attention to detail and working as part of a team. Here are some of the key skills needed for a public sector accountant. 

Number skills

The ability to work with numbers is the most important skill to have in the accounting field.  You need to understand and study information containing numbers, as well as do calculations. 

Communication Skills 

A public sector accountant must be able to communicate both verbally and in writing. These skills are needed when interacting with other accountants, financial managers and other staff or clients. 

Organisation and Time Management

Organisation skills are important when it comes to multi-tasking and arranging tasks. For example, creating a plan or to-do list and sticking to it. If you do not have a schedule, you can’t do your job well. 

Attention to Detail 

If you want to be a great accountant, attention to detail skills are key. You have to be able to pay attention to the small things, keep track of tasks and limit distractions. 

Computer Skills 

Not only are basic computer skills necessary, you also need good knowledge and understanding of the different accounting software and tools needed to do the job. 

What Public Sector Accounting Courses are Available? 

Skills Academy offers three ICB Public Sector Accounting Courses through distance-learning. These courses are accredited, which means that they are nationally recognised. The great thing about these courses is that you can earn a credible qualification at you own pace, from the comfort of your own home. 

To start, all you need is Grade 11 or NQF Level 3 qualification. You also need to be able to read and write in English. 

Who is the ICB? 

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) is an independent outside exam body for accredited business qualifications. Their aim is to provide students with the opportunity to get valuable business studies skills for employment, backed by credible business qualifications. 


You will need to submit a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE). This will consist of formative activities and evaluations (assignments), as well as one summative assessment (final exam). 

What Will I Learn? 

You will be introduced to Business English and Literacy, as well as basic bookkeeping, management of accounting systems, financial statements and reporting. 

Benefits of Studying Public Sector Accounting Courses 

An accounting course can prepare you for a rewarding career in the financial field. It will also give you a solid understanding of important financial terms. Whether you plan to pursue a career as a bookkeeper, accountant or a managerial role, a basic understanding of financial record keeping is essential.

Besides equipping you with the career skills you need, studying an accounting course can help you improve your qualifications to further your career. It can also help you stand out from other job candidates. 

Why Choose Skills Academy? 

We believe that everyone has a right to study. Skills Academy offers a range of distance learning courses, including ones you can study without matric. Not only are our courses affordable, most of them are also open entry. In addition, our committed course experts are always available to assist should you have any questions. Why not enjoy these benefits and more? 

Ready to Take the Accounting World by Storm? Sign up for our Public Sector Accounting Courses today! 


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Last updated: December 4, 2019 

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