• To provide learners who have completed the certificate will be able to function effectively and productively as accounts administrators in the public sector.
• To provide learners with the knowledge, understanding, skills and application techniques that they need to be successful in their work as qualified accounts administrators in the public sector.
• To allow learners to study in the way that best suit their learning style and time by means of institutional and workplace learning.
• To allow learners the opportunities for growth and development leading to the transformation of currently poor financial management practices in the public sector.
• To provide the employer with lifelong learners who are confident and independent, literate, numerate and multi-skilled, compassionate, with a respect for the environment and the ability to participate in their work as critical and active employees.
• Provide the public sector with professionally qualified, skilled staff, which is able to make a positive contribution to improving public finance, adding value and contributing to the efficiency and productivity of the government of South Africa.
Poor financial management in the public sector has for years been highlighted by role players in the financial sector such as the Minister of Finance, the chairperson of SCOPA and the Auditor General.
The quality of financial statements, lack of understanding of basic internal controls, ineffective internal audit departments and the limited knowledge of accounting and financial principles are only some of the matters, which contribute towards poor financial management practices.
This qualification aims at addressing the need for transformation through training; to enhance the skills and competencies of government accounting staff that in turn will contribute to the efficiency and productivity of government.
Furthermore, the purpose of this qualification is to provide structured learning in institutional and workplace contexts to fill the gaps in the competencies of accounts administrators.