How to Become a Bookkeeper in Cape Town

Nov 23, 2021 | Blog

Bookkeeping is a continuously growing profession and offers an incredible career opportunity for individuals who have a mind for numbers. A Bookkeeper’s duties involve keeping track of the daily financial transactions of the business, sending out invoices and managing the money coming in, handling the payment of people you owe money to, working with cash flow and preparing the books for the Accountant.

There are many accredited institutions in Cape Town where one can complete their studies in accounting:

  • University of Cape Town (UCT)
  • Stellenbosch University
  • University of Western Cape
  • UNISA
  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Pearson Institute

What is bookkeeping?

Bookkeeping can be simply defined as ‘the recording of financial transactions and is part of the process of accounting in companies. There are many opportunities to be a successful bookkeeper, especially in Cape Town.

What qualifications do you need to become a bookkeeper?

To become a professional bookkeeper, there’s a list of requirements needed to secure your job position. Completing your matric will help you become eligible to enrol in a University or Technikon to further your studies in accounting. A Bachelor of Commerce Degree in accounting is optimal to work in the financial industry.

Bookkeeper jobs in Cape Town are in demand and having the right qualifications will help you get your foot in the door.

Key skills to become a top bookkeeper:

Beyond your bookkeeping training there are some other skills you’ll need:

  • Numerical accuracy and attention to detail
  • An analytical mind
  • Strong communication skills
  • Good organisation and multitasking skills
  • Strong computer skills and enthusiasm to continue learning

Bookkeeping is a career path that is in high demand in Cape Town. According to statistics, the accounting industry is reported to grow by 7 per cent between 2020 to 2030. That’s about 135 000 openings for bookkeepers, accountants and auditors are projected to be available each new year.

Are you already a qualified Bookkeeper (Cape Town-based)? Make sure to send us your CV!

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