Your journey to becoming a CA(SA)


  • 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