Financial skills

It is not always necessary to have a matric before you carry on with a professional financial career. Careers such as office administrator and bookkeeper can provide an NQF level 4 qualification which is on a par with matric. Browse through the following ideas to improve your financial skills. There is quite a lot of overlap between these different careers, so I suggest you browse through all of them to find what will suit you.


Financial Accounting and bookkeeping

ICB Financial Accounting Programme

Offered by the Institute of Certified bookkeepers – want to be able to offer indispensable bookkeeping and accounting skills, or become an accountant someday? This is the course for you! It will equip you with knowledge and practical skills in bookkeeping, financial accounting, income tax, financial management, reporting standards, corporate strategy, management accounting and research.

Certificate in Business Accounting (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)

Without accounting, businesses would have no idea how much money they earn or how much they lose. This is why business accountants play a very important role. They calculate profit and perform analysis to determine if the company’s earnings reports are in fact correct and that they are not running at a loss. To fulfill this role, you will require strong financial accounting skills.The Certificate in Business Accounting will teach you the fundamentals of management accounting, business economics and financial accounting. You will learn how the different areas of accounting relate to the business world; how to prepare financial reports, do performance forecasts and how to make decisions using different analysis techniques.At the end of this course, you will be able to apply for business accountant positions.

ICB Programme in computerised bookkeeping and MS Office offered by Damelin

It is essential that a Bookkeeper is able to work effectively on a computer. Learners must demonstrate this competence in basic business computing and a computerised accounting package.This programme will include the completion of the monthly bookkeeping cycle on Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint. This Programme is designed to prepare learners, who are competent in basic computer literacy, including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, for completing the ICB Computerised Bookkeeping Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) and summative assessment/exam.

ICB Programme in Bookkeeping to Trial Balance

This programme is for learners who are responsible for controlling the finances of a small business or who are responsible for the bookkeeping aspect of financial management in organisations.This Programme is endorsed by the ICB.:

Office Administration

ICB Office Administration Programme

This programme is perfect for those of you who want to learn a little bookkeeping and a lot of all-round office knowledge. By learning about all the elements that contribute to a smooth-running office, you’ll be able to help out in just about any department.

ICB Programme in Office and Legal Practice offered by Damelin

The Programme in Office and Legal Practice is specifically designed for those learners who are already, or those who wish to become, owner-managers or those who are responsible for the keeping of the financial records, of a small business. It is ideal for those who are new to financial management and who wish to acquire the essential skills and knowledge required to perform key financial tasks that fulfill all legal and regulatory compliance.

Public sector accounting

ICB Public Sector Accounting

If you want to work in finance in government or municipalities, this is the programme to study. It’s been designed to address the lack of skills in the public sector and give students knowledge that will help government run more productively. You’ll learn how to produce high quality financial statements, implement basic internal controls, conduct effective internal auditing, and apply sound accounting and financial principles.

Business Management

ICB Business Management Programme

This programme is just the ticket if you have ambitions of managing a business and its finances. Good business management is vitally important for a company’s commercial success. In this programme, you’ll learn about business and financial management best practices, office and legal practice, human resource management, computer literacy, global business strategy and research methods in commerce.

ICB Programme in Financial Management and Control offered by Damelin

The ICB Programme in Financial Management and Control is specifically designed for those learners who are already, or those who wish to become, owner-managers or those who are responsible for the keeping of the financial records, of a small business. It is ideal for those who are new to financial management and who wish to acquire the essential skills and knowledge required to perform key financial tasks, and obtain a firm foundation to perform financial management tasks.

ICB Programme in Business Management offered by Damelin

The Programme in Business Management 1 is specifically designed for those learners who are already, or those who wish to become, owner-managers or those who are responsible for the keeping of the financial records, of a small business. It is ideal for those who are new to financial management and who wish to acquire the essential skills and knowledge required to perform key financial tasks, and obtain a firm foundation to perform financial management tasks. It is offered up to level 3.

Miscellaneous programmes

ICB Programme in Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns

This Skills Programme will revise the manual monthly bookkeeping function and is endorsed by the ICB. It will introduce learners to payroll and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act as well as basic business ethics. Learners will be able to complete the payroll function from the bookkeeping perspective.