Becoming a CA(SA)
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- Leave school with the correct subjects and levels
- The minimum requirements for university admission are a Level 5 pass in Mathematics, together with a National Senior Certificate with matriculation exemption. You need to take pure Mathematics (not Mathematical Literacy) as a subject.
- A good grounding in English is essential, as it will help you to understand the concepts you will study.
- Having Accounting as a school subject could help you in your studies towards your degree, but at most universities this is not compulsory.
- Get the right university qualification
- Ensure that the university you are applying to offers qualification / programmes that are accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). A full list of these programmes is available here.
- Obtain a SAICA accredited qualification at a SAICA-accredited university.
- Obtain a Certificate in the Theory of Accounting (CTA) or equivalent qualification. This is a post-graduate course – your fourth year at university. This course focuses on Accounting, Auditing, Taxation and Financial Management. The course takes a minimum of one year and must also be completed at a SAICA-accredited university.
Registering as a CA(SA)
After completing your learnership and the Qualifying Exams, only one step remains:
Registering as a member with SAICA.
You will then be allowed to use the CA(SA) designation and be recognised as having fulfilled all the conditions to be acknowledged as a Chartered Accountant.
Click here to find out more from SAICA