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Job Title – Article Clerk


An Article Clerk is someone who is studying to either be an accountant or lawyer. In doing so they are put under the supervision of someone already in the profession, usually for two years. This can be compared as being an intern for a company, the only difference is once the two years is over the trainee becomes the trainer.

Typical Job Activities


Does the debtors and creditors (payments and allocation of payments as well as reconciliations)
Does the bank reconciliations
Does the invoice and statement checking
Assists the Financial Manager with required responsibilities
Assists with annual audits
Assists with ad-hoc accounting responsibilities

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Educational Requirements

Senior Certificate with matric exemption
BCom Degree in Accounting or Financial Management or studying towards

Compulsory subjects: Mathematics
Recommended subjects:   Accounting, Economics and Business Economics

Entry to Work Place

Diploma or degree with accounting or auditing subjects. Sometimes you can enter with a Grade 12 with accountancy as a subject. However further studies would be required.

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Have integrity
Have a strong aptitude for Mathematics
Be intelligent and able to make sound judgements
Be able to analyse, compare and interpret facts and figures quickly
Be able to work accurately and convey recommendations clearly

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Employment Opportunities


Market Competitiveness


Income Potential


Self-Employment Opportunities


International Employment Opportunities


Possible Employers

Big private companies – business firms
Medium or small companies - Legal aid societies such as non-profit organisations
Stay on with the company where he received practical training
Registered firms of practising chartered accountants
In commerce and all kinds of industries
Technikons and Colleges as lecturers

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Relevant Contact Details

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants

South African Institute for Business Accountants

Career Progress and Path

Further studies in specific fields
Experience in specific field
Further studies in related fields
Work performance
General management studies

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field
Management positions in the specific field
Management positions in related field

Employment Stability

Very stable

Reasons to consider this career

A job in government
A job in private companies
A stable job
I can study for a number of years and face intellectual
To become a manager
I am very interested in a specific subject or field
I can work with numbers
To apply my special skills