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Pastel Course Overview

If you have never studied Pastel before you can choose between the following three courses – all of which are suitable for beginners:

  • The PROCESSING COURSE – which covers the Beginner level only.
  • The INTERMEDIATE COURSE – which covers the Beginner and Intermediate levels.
  • The PRACTITIONER COURSE – which covers the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels. The Practitioner Course is the most comprehensive course and includes all the learning material from the other courses.

The following table shows you which levels are covered by each course.

LEVELBEGINNERINTERMEDIATEADVANCED
Sage Pastel Partner Processing
Sage Pastel Partner Intermediate
Sage Pastel Partner Advanced
Sage Pastel Partner Practitioner

You are not required to complete these courses in order. In other words, you don’t have to do the Processing course before doing the Intermediate Course as everything from the Processing Course is also included in the Intermediate Course.

Similarly, you don’t need to complete the Intermediate Course before doing the Practitioner Course. The Practitioner course includes everything that is in the Intermediate and Advanced Courses.

You do however have to complete the Intermediate Course before you can enroll for the Advanced Course.

Intermediate Course + the Advanced Course = Practitioner Course

What is a Course Bundle?

All of the Pastel courses require that you understand the basics of bookkeeping (e.g. debits, credits, VAT, bank recons, etc.)

If you don’t have a proper accounting background or if you need a refresher on bookkeeping theory, you can do the Bookkeeping Fundamentals course with any of the Pastel courses above.

The Sage Bookkeeping Fundamentals course covers basic bookkeeping theory. It can be done on its own but it is more cost effective to register for it as part of a Course Bundle.

A Course Bundle consists of the Sage Bookkeeping Fundamentals course and one of the Sage Pastel Partner courses.

The Sage Bookkeeping Fundamentals course has its own separate assessment and certificate, so you will be obtaining multiple certificates with a Course Bundle.

A Note on Sage Pastel Xpress

Sage Pastel Xpress is the “little brother” of Sage Pastel Partner. It has the same screens and functions as Sage Pastel Partner with the main difference being that Sage Pastel Partner has some additional functionality that Sage Pastel Xpress does not have.

Once you complete a Sage Pastel Partner course you will know how to use Sage Pastel Xpress and you will also be certified on Sage Pastel Xpress.

It is highly recommended that you rather do the Sage Pastel Partner course, if however, you are certain that you are only going to work on Sage Pastel Xpress and don’t intend on working on Sage Pastel Partner in the future, you are welcome to attend the Sage Pastel Xpress course instead.

Which Pastel Software Program should you learn?

You should find out from your employer or prospective employer which Pastel program they are running.

If you are not sure which program to learn but want to learn Pastel in order to improve your job prospects and become more marketable, we would recommend SAGE PASTEL PARTNER. This is because it is the most popular and widely used Pastel package in the market.

It is also used by tertiary institutions such as universities and colleges to teach the use of accounting software.

If you complete the Sage Pastel Partner course you will automatically be certified to use Sage Pastel Xpress as well.

Finally, once you’ve learnt how to use Sage Pastel Partner you’ll find it easy to learn other accounting software as accounting software packages generally operate on many of the same principles.

Sage Pastel Partner Processing Course

LEVELBEGINNERINTERMEDIATEADVANCED
Sage Pastel Partner Processing

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

This is the entrance level course and is most suitable for persons wanting to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to perform a bookkeeping function without needing to perform supervisory bookkeeping tasks.

You should choose this course if:

  • You will be processing transactions on the Pastel system.
  • You don’t need to be able to setup new companies on the system or generate reports.
  • You don’t need to generate reports for VAT Returns.
  • If you are planning to study either Intermediate or Advanced Pastel in the future, then it is better to register for the Intermediate course as it includes everything from this course and more.
  • However, if you are under budgetary constraints then this is a great starter course which will allow you to obtain an official Sage Pastel Certificate.

This is a two-day (12 hour) course

R4900 per person

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Official Sage Pastel Certification

Sage Pastel Partner Intermediate Course

LEVELBEGINNERINTERMEDIATEADVANCED
Sage Pastel Partner Intermediate

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

You should choose this course if:

  • You want to cover everything for a Bookkeeper up to Trial Balance function.
  • You need to know how to install the software and setup new companies on the system.
  • You need a good understanding of all the reports that Pastel can provide.

Accreditation assigned to this course

SAQA Unit Standard IDUnit Standard TitleNQF LevelCredits
12991Working with information technology in an accounting environment56
114736Recording business financial transactions45
243944Administer Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable on the System44
  • SAQA Unit Standard ID 12911, NQF Level 5 with 6 Credits
  • SAQA Unit Standard ID 114736, NQF Level 4 with 5 Credits
  • SAQA Unit Standard ID 243944, NQF Level 4 with 4 Credits

This
is a four-day (24 hour) course

R9350 per person

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Official Sage Pastel Certification

Sage Pastel Partner Advanced Course

LEVELBEGINNERINTERMEDIATEADVANCED
Sage Pastel Partner Advanced

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

You should choose this course if:

  • You have previously completed the Sage Pastel Partner Intermediate course, AND
  • You need to know how to use advanced functionality such as budgets, projects, the form designer, report writer and various other advanced functions.

This
is a two-day (12 hour) course

R4900 per person

Z

Official Sage Pastel Certification

Sage Pastel Partner Practitioner Course

LEVELBEGINNERINTERMEDIATEADVANCED
Sage Pastel Partner Practitioner

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

This is the best and most comprehensive course. It includes everything which is covered in all the other courses.

You can do this course even if you have never studied Sage Pastel before i.e. it is suitable for beginners as well.

You should choose this course if:

  • You want to master Sage Pastel Partner from an end-user perspective, OR
  • You are an Accountant or in a Financial Management / Senior Position in your company (or are aspiring to move into such a position), OR
  • You are a business owner that wants to know how to use the software from end to end.

You can also do this course in two parts by completing the Sage Pastel Partner Intermediate course first and then completing the Sage Pastel Partner Advanced Course at a later date. This is sometimes recommended for a beginner, as it breaks down the content into more manageable portions and also allows for more comprehensive teaching due to the additional training day.

However, there is a cost saving in registering for the Practitioner course compared to registering separately for the Intermediate and Advanced Courses.

Accreditation assigned to this course

SAQA Unit Standard IDUnit Standard TitleNQF LevelCredits
12991Working with information technology in an accounting environment56
114736Recording business financial transactions45
243944Administer Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable on the System44
  • SAQA Unit Standard ID 12911, NQF Level 5 with 6 Credits
  • SAQA Unit Standard ID 114736, NQF Level 4 with 5 Credits
  • SAQA Unit Standard ID 243944, NQF Level 4 with 4 Credits

This is a five-day (30 hour) course.

R11950 per person

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Official Sage Pastel Certification

Bookkeeping Course Overview

This comprehensive training programme covers the basic bookkeeping terms and concepts. This also shows how to deal with basic bookkeeping documents and how to use them in a manual accounting system.

Bookkeeping Fundamentals Course

LEVELBEGINNERINTERMEDIATEADVANCED
Bookkeeping Fundamentals

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

This course has been designed for learners who are required to work on any of the Pastel Accounting software packages, and who have had little or no exposure to bookkeeping.

This is a two-day (12 hour) course.

R4900 per person

Z

Official Sage Pastel Accounting Certification

Excel Course Overview

Excel is Microsoft’s powerful and easy-to-use spreadsheet program. It features Calculations, Charting or graphing tools, pivot tables, and Database features.

All our Excel courses assumes that the user understands the basics of using a Windows-based computer. Students should be comfortable using the keyboard, mouse, and Start menu.

LEVELBEGINNERINTERMEDIATEADVANCED
Discovering Excel
Excel on Steroids
Excel on Steroids Plus

Discovering Excel Course

LEVELBEGINNERINTERMEDIATEADVANCED
Discovering Excel

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Learn about Microsoft Excel and how it applies to business reporting. Discovering Excel will teach you how to develop spreadsheets, use formulas and formatting as well as how to create charts and navigate throughout Microsoft Excel. Gain a comprehensive knowledge of how Excel can work for you.

In this course you will be taught how to not only develop spreadsheets using formulas and formatting but will be shown how to create charts ensuring you leave with a comprehensive knowledge of how to make Excel work for you.

This is a one-day (7.5 hour) course.

R2150 per person

Z

Official Sage Certification

Excel on Steroids Course

LEVELBEGINNERINTERMEDIATEADVANCED
Excel on Steroids

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Excel on Steroids is designed to help you save time by improving your Excel reporting skills. It focuses on topics and features within Excel that will help you master your business reports. The course is divided into three workshops covering:

  • Data Analysis
  • Formulas and Functions
  • Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts

This is a two-day (15 hour) course.

R5500 per person

Z

Official Sage Certification

Excel on Steroids PLUS Course

LEVELBEGINNERINTERMEDIATEADVANCED
Excel on Steroids PLUS

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Excel on Steroids PLUS will teach you how to model your data, so you can create interactive dashboard reports that will make analysing your data much easier.

This is a two-day (15 hour) course.

R5500 per person

Z

Official Sage Certification