Welcome to SACOB’s Short Courses

SACOB’s short courses are geared to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to feel confident within a specific field such as bookkeeping, payroll, financial management, entrepreneurship or business communication.

These courses are completed over 10 weeks and are suitable for anyone, from those looking to upskill themselves in their current career, those starting their own business, to those that have yet to start a career, there are no specific entrance requirements.

All SACOB’s short courses are presented within the Online Classroom which means you have access to video lectures, quizzes, discussions with your lecturer and peers as well as access to the Student Question and Answer Platform. Modules are released weekly to help you stay on top of your studies. In addition you are also supplied with a course textbook, study guide and learner dvd.

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Short Courses

  • Cost Accounting for South African Business

    It is imperative for business owners, business managers, financial managers, cost accountants and any other parties involved in the running of a business to understand the different methods of costing products. This course provides practical and concise guidance to the basic concepts and principles of cost accounting, which will ensure that business achieve optimum profits.

    This short course consists of the following outlines:

    •  An introduction to managerial accounting
    •  Controlling inventory and overhead costs
    •  Accounting for a manufacturing enterprise
    •  Budgeting and standard costing
    •  Job costing
    •  Introduction to financial management

  • Basic Bookkeeping for South Africans

    This course will have value for the individual seeking a basic understanding of the most up-to-date terminology, and concepts the ‘International Language of Business’ known as accounting has to offer. By following the basic principles taught in this course, individuals are provided the opportunity to come to terms with the Accounting Framework, basic debits and credits, double entries, processing, and reconciliations. This course also demonstrates how to strike the optimum balance between healthy profits and cash flows, how to balance the books and how to reconcile outstanding amounts.

    This short course consists of the following outlines:

    •  Basic concepts in bookkeeping and accounting
    •  The rules of double entry
    •  Value Added Tax and source documents
    •  Recording cash transactions
    •  Recording credit and sundry transactions
    •  Inventory systems
    •  Accounts receivable and accounts payable
    •  The bank reconciliation process
    •  Reconciling supplier statements

  • Financial Management for South Africans

    The purpose of this course is to introduce individuals to the role of financial management in the running of a business. After completion of this course individuals should be able to interpret financial statements, manage working capital, conduct financial planning and implement various financial management techniques.

    This short course consists of the following outlines:

    •  Managing your personal finance
    •  The role of a financial manager in a business
    •  Understanding financial statements
    •  Managing working capital
    •  Financial planning and control
    •  Financial management techniques

  • Payroll Practices for South African Business

    This course aims to train individuals to be competent in completing the monthly payroll function. It focuses on employee and payroll records, statutory registrations and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. It is also a thorough study of employees’ tax, interactions with SARS, and computerised payroll.

    This short course consists of the following outlines:

    •  Plan, organise, implement, monitor and work within the payroll environment
    •  Record and validate input variations on employee records
    •  Basic conditions of employment
    •  Statutory registrations
    •  Complete PAYE documents
    •  Computerised payroll
    •  Monthly SARS returns and eFiling

  • General Management for South African Business

    This course aims to train the next generation of business managers in South Africa. It focuses on the nature of management and management theories, and explores how the different management functions (planning, organising, leading and controlling) can be used by managers in the 21st century to achieve a business’s goals.

    This short course consists of the following outlines:

    •  What is management?
    •  Management and the environment
    •  Planning
    •  Decision-making
    •  Information management
    •  Organisational development
    •  Communication
    •  Organising
    •  Leadership
    •  Motivation
    •  Control
    •  Contemporary business management issues

  • Entrepreneurship for South Africans

    This course provides individuals with the knowledge and understanding of entrepreneurship in business, and offers them the opportunity to apply entrepreneurship practices which are required to establish a small business enterprise.

    This short course consists of the following outlines:

    •  Becoming an entrepreneur
    •  Financing and planning your business
    •  Formalising your business
    •  Getting your logistics on track
    •  Costing and pricing
    •  Recording business financial transactions
    •  Budgeting, cash control and forecasting
    •  Marketing and advertising
    •  Your staff and labour legislation
    •  Working with SARS
    •  The entrepreneurial checklist

  • Taxation in South Africa

    This course focuses on interpreting relevant tax laws in a logical and comprehensible manner, looking at tax from theoretical and practical points of view and encouraging future tax compliance in business. It is imperative for students and tax practitioners to keep abreast of the latest developments in the South African tax system, and this course provides the basis for such individuals to do just that.

    This short course consists of the following outlines:

    •  Introduction to income tax
    •  Gross income
    •  Exempt income
    •  Allowable deductions
    •  Fringe benefits and allowances
    •  Capital gains tax
    •  Assessed losses
    •  Employees’ tax and provisional tax
    •  Sole proprietorships, partnerships, companies and trusts
    •  Completing SARS returns

  • Conference and Events Management in South Africa

    This course provides practical guidance for individuals wanting to embark on a career in conference and events management, offering a step-by-step approach to planning and coordinating large events.

    This short course consists of the following outlines:

    •  Introduction to event management
    •  First meeting with the client
    •  Producing proposals and tenders
    •  Risk management
    •  Project management
    •  Budgets
    •  Selecting venues
    •  RSVP management
    •  Marketing and event
    •  Sponsorship
    •  Managing suppliers
    •  Selecting and managing staff and volunteers

  • Marketing Management for South African Business

    This course explores the four P's of marketing in detail and illustrates how marketing and public relations functions work together to build a business brand.

    This short course consists of the following outlines:

    •  Basic concepts in marketing management
    •  The internal market environment
    •  The external marketing environment
    •  Determining a marketing strategy
    •  Understanding ‘Product’ in the marketing mix
    •  Understanding ‘Place in the marketing mix
    •  Understanding ‘Price’ in the marketing mix
    •  Understanding ‘Promotion’ in the marketing mix
    •  Integration – Formulating a strategic marketing plan

  • Credit Management for South African Business

    This course aims to equip individuals working with a company's debtors and/or creditors with the knowledge and skills to perform their duties in line with the objectives as set out in the National Credit Act, The Consumer Protection Act and the Companies Act.

    This short course consists of the following outlines:

    •  The forms and sources of credit
    •  Introduction to the basic law of contract
    •  Credit agreements
    •  Statutory regulations for the credit administrator
    •  The role of credit for the individual, business and the economy
    •  Conducting a credit assessment
    •  Basic accounting for the credit manager
    •  The role of working capital and interest in a credit environment

  • Office Administration for South African Business

    The office administrator is central to the efficient function of any office environment, and there are general administrative functions common to all offices. This course aims to familiarise students with these general functions, including managing office supplies, implementing record management systems and handling petty cash.

    This short course consists of the following outlines:

    •  The role and function of the secretary
    •  Reception duties and diary management
    •  Office equipment and ergonomics
    •  Office supplies
    •  Creating evidence and maintaining confidentiality
    •  Record management systems
    •  Handling petty cash
    •  Handling mail
    •  Travel and events management
    •  The rules of typing
    •  Creating business documents

  • Human Resource Management for South African Business

    South Africa’s labour legislation is among the most progressive in the world, providing for institutions to settle disputes and ensure fairness in the workplace. The aim of this course is to develop in students a thorough understanding of labour legislation, human rights and labour practices in South Africa.

    This short course consists of the following outlines:

    •  An introduction to human resource management
    •  Recruiting potential employees
    •  Selection and appointment of an employee
    •  Placement and the induction or orientation process
    •  Managing performance of employees
    •  Compensation management
    •  Health and safety in an organisation
    •  Employment relations
    •  Structures created by the LRA for collective bargaining and dispute resolution 

  • Business Law in South Africa

    The law affects all of us, and even our most basic day-to-day decisions have legal implications. A basic knowledge of the legalities that underlie the world of commerce is therefore paramount. The aim of this course is to make South African law understandable and to answer common questions about the law in layman’s terms.

    This short course consists of the following outlines:

    •  ‘The law’
    •  The law of contract
    •  Breach of contract
    •  Remedies for breach of contract
    •  Termination of contracts
    •  The law of delict
    •  Contract of sale
    •  Credit agreements
    •  Contract of lease
    •  Contract of agency
    •  Contract of partnership
    •  Business entities
    •  Contract of insurance
    •  Contract of suretyship
    •  Negotiable instruments
    •  Contract of employment
    •  Intellectual property and competition law
    •  Environmental law
    •  Revision questions

  • Customer Service and Call Centre Management for South African Business

    Modern organisations operate in a highly competitive global market. To remain economically viable they need to offer exceptional service. The aim of this course is to provide both individuals and businesses with practical guidance on how to build long-lasting relationships with new customers and how to maintain and improve on current customer relationships.

    This short course consists of the following outlines:

    •  Key principles of customer service
    •  Factors affecting customer service
    •  The importance of effective communication skills in customer service
    •  The customer service professional
    •  Client relations in a contact centre
    •  Dealing with customer problems and handling dissatisfied customers
    •  Building effective customer relationships

  • Computer Skills for South Africans

    All individuals are expected to perform basic functions on a computer when entering the workplace. This course aims to familiarise students with basic computer terminology, the use of the Windows operating system, the Internet, e-mail and the Microsoft Office package.

    This short course consists of the following outlines:

    •  Basic PC concepts
    •  Working with Microsoft Windows 7
    •  Working with the Internet, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Outlook
    •  Working with Microsoft Word 2010
    •  Working with Microsoft Excel 2010
    •  Working with Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
    •  Introduction to Microsoft Windows 8

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