How to become a CA
Accountancy is, therefore, an essential business process within all organisations. Opportunities within the accountancy profession are many and varied, ranging from the recording, processing and drafting of basic financial information to the preparation of Annual Financial Statements for large companies listed on the stock exchange.
The ultimate qualification within the profession is that of a Chartered Accountant, and nearly a quarter of the directors of the Top 100 companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange are Chartered Accountants. Their success in the tough financial world is no accident. An in-depth knowledge of accountancy creates an extremely disciplined approach to business. Together with an analytical ability, thinking in a systematic and logical way, and being able to work quickly and accurately with numbers, Chartered Accountants play an increasingly important role in the shaping of our economy.
Successful chartered accountants can expect to be well remunerated. The high level of educational and professional standards attained and the current shortages of chartered accountants in South Africa, make it one of the highest paid professions in the country.
Getting to that position means starting out on the right foot. We try to make our training as flexible as possible, but people do find that certain areas suit their interests and skills more than others.
When you join us, your interests and career path at BDO South Africa will be mapped out for you, in discussion with your manager. And we will work with you to help you develop the skills and expertise you need to grow with us and help us deliver the best possible service to our clients.
We are especially proud of the fact that all our staff have access to the latest information technology and are constantly trained on, and work with, computer auditing packages.
And, last but not least, we have a very high pass rate among our trainees. We believe this is because we offer all-round experience - you are guaranteed to work on a range of clients, across a range of industries and to cover all aspects of the auditing process.
For Audit staff we have a range of Audit courses throughout the Learnership contract time frame and we have regular Technical update sessions.
In addition to formal training courses, BDO offers on-the-job training with the support of all managers and directors and our performance appraisal process encourages continuous staff development. Each office has its own library and its own study assistance programme with study leave benefits.
Trainee AccountantsYear 1 & 2
Vacation work experience
Training Outside Public Practice (TOPP) programme