Why Study Public Sector Accounting?

Why Study Public Sector Accounting?

Date Published: December 15, 2020

Public Sector Accounting is a scarce skill in South Africa which means that you will find it easy to find a good-paying job.

Another perk about studying public sector accounting is that you do not need a matric certificate to start. 

  • What is Public Sector Accounting
  • Careers With a PSA Qualification  
  • Scarce Skills
  • Studying PSA Without a Matric certificate 
  • ICB Public Sector Accounting

What Is Public Sector Accounting?

All the sectors owned by the Government are known as the Public Sector. Public sector accountants and thus responsible for the financials, trade and taxes of government institutions. 

The duties of a PSA include:

  • The administering of public accounts
  • Financial management for the public sector 
  • Compiling financial statements
  • Financial distribution of resources within the public sector

Careers with a PSA Qualification

With a Public Sector Accounting qualification, you will be able to branch into various careers. These include roles such as:

  • Financial Accountant
  • Public Accounts Administrator
  • Technical Public Accountant
  • Public Sector Accounting Technician 
  • Public Sector Financial Accountant
  • Registered SAIBA Accounting Office

Scarce Skills

Scarce or critical skills are skill sets that are in demand. This is because they are highly sought after and very few people have them. In South Africa, public sector accounting is one of those skills.

You are more likely to find a job with a critical skill qualification and you can expect a rather good salary.

Studying Public Sector Accounting Without Matric

The great thing about Public Sector Accounting is that you do not need a matric certificate to get started. You can build a successful career in the PSA field without ever having finished school.

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers offers a study programme specifically catered to public sector accounting. 

ICB Public Sector Accounting

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers is a distance learning institution that offers courses in financial and business management. One of their 5 study programmes included ICB Public Sector Accounting

The following courses fall under this programme:

Each of these courses is internationally recognised and well known by employers. That means that you are more likely to find employment just based on your ICB qualification. 


Ready to start studying Public Sector Accounting? Why not call us on 012 762 7100 and speak to one of our course experts.

Author: Andrea Frisby 

Published: December 15, 2020


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