AT Accounting

General Information

Accounting Technician, South Africa (AT(SA)) is a leading, trusted professional body dedicated to the education, development, regulation and support of accounting technicians in South Africa.

In association with South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), AT(SA) represents confident, skilled accounting technicians who are committed and empowered to deliver and uphold the high professional standards and ethics that the profession demands.

AT(SA) is locally delivered through a vast network of leading training providers across the country, each carefully selected to provide best-in-class training and globally relevant content.

CPMD will assist you to prepare for your AT examinations and will provide you with quality tuition.  The following information has been obtained from

A Qualification of Choice

Accountants from entry level to senior strategic level are expected to conceptualise and create new ways of enhancing organisational value. Students choose AT(SA) because it’s renowned for providing a solid foundation from which to build a highly sought after career in accounting, finance and business.

That’s why local and international organisations trust and recognise the designation. Through the qualification, students are equipped

with the latest, industry related knowledge and skills, making the qualification highly relevant in today’s economy.

Open to everyone

An Accounting Career that’s open to everyone AT(SA) is open to everyone, whether you are a full-time or part-time student; employed or unemployed; skilled or unskilled. With AT(SA), you can enter the accounting profession at any level, giving you the opportunity to

advance your career and receive recognition at any stage of your professional life.

The AT(SA) qualifications and memberships are targeted at all levels of staff, from clerical or administrative to professional accounting and finance positions. With AT(SA) behind your name, you can easily access a successful career in accounting, finance and business and truly make a meaningful contribution in any organisation.

The structure of the scheme 


This qualification offers flexibility and can be tailored to suit your individual needs, allowing you to choose whether to do individual or groups of units from the scheme. And it’s not compulsory to complete an entire level either; you will gain recognition for each unit achieved.

Your career options

Accountancy is an essential business process that all organisations large and small have.  According to Wikepedia, an accounting technician is required to perform the following duties;  processing and paying invoices, record receipts and payments, prepare and check ledger balances and other monthly and yearly accounts, complete and submit tax returns, monitor company expenses.
With experience, an accounting technician would often take on more complex and important tasks and management responsibilities, such as drafting financial reports, planning and budget control.

In larger companies, an accounting technician would work as part of an accounts team. In a small firm, an accounting technician may be the only person trained to deal with basic finance matters like wages and invoices.
Career opportunities as an accounting technician then includes, accounts clerk, wages clerk, accounting assistant, sales ledger clerk, tax assistant, book keeper, financial controller or accounts manager.

A trusted name in accounting and finance practice

  • AT (SA) is registered with SAQA as a professional body for the designations of Member of AT (MAAT) and Fellow of AAT (FMAAT).
  • AT (SA) is a Quality Assurance Partner with Fasset and all our qualifications meet both NQF and Learnership requirements.
  • Internationally, AT(SA) is a member of IFAC and, thus, AT (SA) also belongs to the Forum of Accounting bodies (FAB) in South Africa.
  • SARS has recognised the AT(SA) as a recognised controlling body for tax practitioners and our member can thus offer tax services to the public.
  • The Ministry of Justice has also awarded our member the rights and responsibilities to perform functions as a Commissioner of Oaths.
  • The Public Sector qualifications are the only qualifications that were developed to be directly aligned to the
  • National Treasury Technical Dictionary of Competencies.

How will I be assessed?

As you work towards the AT(SA) Accounting Qualification, you’ll be assessed on the practical skills you develop during the course.  This will be done in two ways.
Exams –These are set and marked by AT(SA) and will test your ability to apply what they have learned to true-to-life examples.  You may also re-take any exams if necessary.
Skills tests – These course assessments are based on realistic work scenarios and check your understanding regularly during the course, your ability to carry out practical activities and to operate effectively in the workplace.

How long does it take?

The AT(SA) Accounting Qualification is flexible and there are no time restrictions.  In fact, AT(SA) encourages you to learn at your own pace, allowing you to pursue a part-time job or other career/personal interests.  However, as a rough guideline you might expect to complete each stage over the course of a year.

What level should I start at?

The AT Accounting Qualification is separated into three levels, Certificate, Further Certificate and Higher Certificate.  If you have relevant work experience or qualifications you may want to join at the Further Certificate level.

What next?

Your first step is for you to enroll with CPMD.

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