Debtors Clerk



What is a Debtors Clerk?

A Debtors Clerk works in the accounting department of a company and is in charge of keeping records of customers’ accounts. 

Their job is to keep records on amounts owed by customers and amounts paid. They also carry out routine bookkeeping duties including calculating interest on overdue accounts. 

Most of their work is computer-based, but can still, in some cases be done in books or on cards.

What does a Debtors Clerk do?

  • maintains routine and accurate bookkeeping
  • keeps records of payments made
  • determines which accounts are overdue
  • contacts companies who owe money in writing or by telephone to recover the outstanding balance
  • makes follow-up calls
  • in non-payment cases, makes the decision to ‘hand over’ to lawyers for collection

Are you . . . ?

  • good at mathematics and/or accounting?
  • logical and organised?
  • methodical?
  • confident?
  • able to handle difficult, non-paying customers with diplomacy?
  • accurate?
  • computer literate?

How do I become a Debtors Clerk?

You will need Matric with a pass in Maths. A good mark in mathematics will be a real advantage.

Debtor Clerks may receive in-house training, in the accounts departments in some companies. 

Some companies might even pay for your training if you show aptitude and a positive attitude.

However, those who skill themselves up with accounts training or bookkeeping courses (certifications, diplomas or even degrees) will jump ahead of the rest and be able to work themselves up through the company quicker.

Many TVET (FET) and private colleges offer these courses around the country. Check your local institutions to see what they offer.


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Bookkeeper, Receptionist or Gaming Worker

Is becoming a Debtors Clerk the right career choice for me?


21.01.2015 – Posted on Facebook