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Set yourself up for success when you kick-start a profitable career in finance

The respected profession
  • Do you want to learn the basics of Accountancy?

  • Do you want to take the first steps towards business success?


Prospective Careers:

  • Actuary
  • Auditor
  • Banker
  • Bookkeeper
  • Credit Controller
  • Inventory and Store Manager


What the students say...

Maxwell Muvevi (Student)
I have a passion for accounting. It is something I have always dreamed about and
this course helps me fulfill my dreams


Who will issue your certificate?

Once you’ve completed your study with Speciss College and passed the Foundation Certificate exams, you’ll be awarded the SAAA Foundation Certificate in Accountancy. Then you can move on to Parts 1, 2 and 3. When you pass those exams, you’ll be awarded the SAAA Diploma in Accountancy. Next, you can go on to Part 4, and work towards the SAAA Higher Diploma in Accountancy. The SAAA Foundation Certificate lays the foundation for your success!

A qualification from the Southern African Association of Accountants is designed to equip you with financial management skills. This highly regarded, Zimbabwean-based qualification enjoys regional recognition and is valued by both the private and public sectors.

The SAAA family of qualifications gives you, firstly, a disciplined and structured introduction to accountancy. Successive steps up the SAAA ladder of qualifications use this firm foundation to move towards a broader and wider knowledge of accountancy.

You can increase your earning power by using your SAAA qualifications as credits towards a variety of other accounting qualifications.


Entry requirements for this course

To join the SAAA family and kick-start your career, you must have passes in 5 subjects at “O” level; passes in Accounts or Maths would be an added advantage.

Bring certified copies of your certificates with you when you come to Speciss College to register as a student!


What you will learn

There are 7 subjects in the Southern Africa Association of Accountants Foundation Certificate syllabus. You must study all 7 subjects. They are:

  • Basic Accounts
  • Basic Communication
  • Business Mathematics and Statistics
  • Introduction to Law
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Studies
  • Basic Economics

You can see the syllabus in detail on the SAAA website. You can find the link on the Resources Menu.

What exams will you write?

Exams are held in June and November each year. We recommend that you have 6 months’ study before you write the exams, so you can choose to start your course in January or July each year.

You’ll register for the exams with the Examinations Officer at Speciss College. Information on the exam fees, which are payable at least 6 weeks before the exam, can be obtained from the Examinations Officer or from the SAAA website.

In addition to registering with Speciss College, you must also register as a student member with the Southern Africa Association of Accountants. Please visit their office at:
SAAA House,
169 Chinhoyi Street
PO Box 1026, Harare.
Tel 263-4-770758/9
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When and where are the classes and what are the fees?

Lessons are offered at different times on different campuses, with some lessons being held during the day, and others in the evening or at weekends.

Often the same course can be studied at a variety of different times, so you can choose the one which is more convenient to you.

You’ll get your personal timetable when you register at Speciss College.


What about books and stationery?

You’ll need to bring your own notebooks and writing materials to your classes. For your convenience, we have a range of stationery items at the Speciss bookshops. The list of prescribed and recommended books is available on the SAAA website. We strongly urge you to buy a copy of the prescribed texts.


Similar courses you should consider at Speciss

Similar courses which you can study at Speciss College include banking, management, marketing, finance, administration, purchasing, salesmanship and computer skills.


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