Basic Bookkeeping Course

  • Official Sage Bookkeeping Course
  • Certificate issued on completion
  • Learn the fundamental concepts of bookkeeping
  • Designed for beginners (or those that need a refresher)
  • Classroom courses (Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town)
  • Distance learning available with online support
  • Can be combined with a Pastel or Sage One Course (for practical job market skills)


Why is this course needed?

Every organisation – whether it’s a business, a Non-Profit Organisation or a government entity – needs to keep track of its financial activities.

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This includes recording things such as sales, paying of salaries and rent, purchasing of inventory and paying taxes.

Bookkeeping is the process of accurately recording these financial transactions so that financial information (such as financial statements) can be produced.

Every organisation needs financial information to help it make the right decisions. Financial information is also required by third parties such as banks (who have lent the business money) and the government (who want to calculate how much taxes the business needs to pay).

Therefore, every organisation needs a bookkeeper (or bookkeepers), which is why bookkeepers are always in demand.

This makes bookkeeping an excellent career choice which opens up opportunities in every industry.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who wants to learn the fundamental concepts of bookkeeping.

This includes business owners, as well as people working with accounting packages who need a better understanding of accounting principles.

In it, you will learn:

  • How to accurately record the financial transactions of a business
  • The different types of source documents you need to be familiar with.
  • How the VAT system works and how to file a VAT return.
  • How the bookkeeping and accounting cycle works.
  • And a lot more…

As a business owner you should know that many businesses fail because of poor financial decisions. Very often this is because proper bookkeeping systems are not in place.

Don’t let this happen to you. Invest in your financial education today.

Course Modules

The course consists of the following modules:

  • Bookkeeping Introduction
  • Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • Source Documents
  • Inventory
  • Subsidiary Journals
  • The Bank Reconciliation
  • The General Ledger
  • The Trial Balance
  • Statement of Income
  • Statement of Financial Position

What is included in the Distance and Online Learning Course

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This option will allow you to study from home and to learn at your own pace (you have 6 months to complete the course and take the online assessment).

You will receive your learning material via courier (free delivery to anywhere in South Africa).

You will receive online access to the Talent Stream Student Portal. This means:

  • You will be able to post questions on our online student forum and a qualified trainer will answer them for you.
  • You will have access to mock assessments which will prepare you for the main online assessment.
  • You will be fully supported through your learning process to successfully complete your course.

Once you have completed studying the material you will take the online assessment (included as part of your course fee).

On passing the online assessment you will receive your Certificate of Competence from Sage.

There are no separate charges for any of the above i.e. they are all included in your course fee.

Ready to get started ? Click on the button below to register.

Bookkeeping Fundamentals

R 2,900 incl. VAT
R 5,500 incl. VAT
Click here for course dates
Course DurationSelf paced. Up to a maximum of 6 months (although you can finish earlier).

2 days attendance in classroom

You then have up to 6 months to take the online assessment for the certificate.
Available inAnywhere - we have students throughout South Africa.Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. (Click on name of city to see training venue details.)
Course DatesYou can start today !Click here to see course dates.
Certificate awardedYes

Exam / Assessment fee included in course feeYes
Free Delivery / Courier of Learning MaterialYesNot Applicable - as learning material is provided to you in class.
COURSE BUNDLES i.e. Bookkeeping Fundamentals + a Pastel CourseCourse bundle available with Pastel Partner
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Course bundles not available for classroom courses.
Access to the Portal is available for an additional fee of R1000.
Access to the Talent Stream Academic Support ForumIncluded Optional.
Access to the Portal is available for an additional fee of R1000.
Access to Talent Stream's exam preparation toolsIncluded Optional.
Access to the Portal is available for an additional fee of R1000.
BONUS Microsoft Excel 2013 Essentials Online Certificate Course IncludedIncluded Optional.
Access to the Portal is available for an additional fee of R1000.

Course Bundles (Distance and Online Learning)

The Bookkeeping Fundamentals Course is a theory based course. If you would like to learn computerised bookkeeping at the same time you can do so by registering for a course bundle which adds on a Pastel course (at a discounted price).

Bookkeeping Fundamentals
+ Sage Business Cloud Accounting (prev. Sage One)
Distance and
Sage One Course OutlineR 4,900 incl. VATRegister now
Bookkeeping Fundamentals
+ Pastel Partner Intermediate
Distance and
Pastel Intermediate Course OutlineR 8,500 incl. VATRegister now
Bookkeeping Fundamentals
+ Pastel Partner Practitioner
Distance and
Pastel Practitioner Course OutlineR 10,500 incl. VATRegister now

Easy Entry Requirements

Mathematical literacy is the only requirement for enrolling on our bookkeeping course.

In other words, you need to be comfortable with basic maths.

No prior knowledge of accounting, finance or bookkeeping is required.

Course Accreditation and Approval

The Bookkeeping Fundamentals course material has been developed by Sage and is accredited by Sage.

It is aligned to SAQA (South Africa Qualifications Authority) Unit Standard 13999 (Demonstrate an understanding of basic accounting practices).

Please note that this course is not credit bearing. For a credit bearing option please choose a course bundle with a Sage Pastel Partner course.

Talent Stream is an Authorised Training Centre for Sage and will provide you with online support and tutoring (by qualified accounting trainers) to assist you in successfully completing your course.


Assessment and Awarding of Certificate

The assessment is not compulsory. You may choose to do the course for the purpose of gaining practical knowledge without taking the assessment.

However, we do encourage you to take the assessment to test your level of understanding of the course material. Furthermore, the certificate from Sage can only be awarded on successfully passing the assessment.

As the assessment is online you can take it from anywhere that you have an internet connection. You have up to 6 months from the date you register to take the online assessment (although you may take it sooner if you are ready to do so).

Please note that your course fee only includes a single attempt at the assessment. Should you not pass the assessment there is an additional fee to re-take it.

Preparation for Sage Pastel Training

Sage Pastel Partner is the most popular accounting software for Small and Medium Sized Businesses in South Africa.

So any bookkeeper wanting to improve their job prospects should get certified on Sage Pastel Partner.

And if you are a business owner who wants to implement Pastel accounting in your business, you will need to complete a Pastel course to help you to get the best out of your accounting software.

Before you can enrol on a Sage Pastel Partner course you need to know the fundamentals of bookkeeping.

Completing this bookkeeping course will ensure that you meet this requirement.

Bookkeeping Fundamentals – Distance and Online Learning

You can get started today with the Distance and Online learning course. If you haven’t already done so please download the course outline first.

If you are ready to get started simply click on the button below to begin the registration process.

Register for Bookkeeping Fundamentals – Distance and Online Learning

Bookkeeping Fundamentals – Classroom Course Dates

Classroom based training (at discounted rates) – held at Sage’s offices in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

All classroom courses include meals and beverages, the training manual(s), workstation access and stationery, the Sage online assessment and issuing of the Certificate of Competence on passing the assessment.

All savings listed are calculated with reference to the retail price of the classroom course.

Sage Bookkeeping FundamentalsVirtual - Microsoft Teams27 June 2024 - 28 June 2024R 4,200 incl. VAT
Sage Bookkeeping FundamentalsVirtual - Microsoft Teams15 July 2024 - 16 July 2024R 4,200 incl. VAT