How do I be­come a CA?

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Get the right school qual­i­fi­ca­tion:

You need to take pure math­e­mat­ics (not math­e­mat­i­cal literacy) as a sub­ject. The min­i­mum re­quire­ments for univer­sity ad­mis­sion are a level 5 pass in math­e­mat­ics, along with a Na­tional Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate with ma­tric­u­la­tion ex­emp­tion.

A good ground­ing in English is es­sen­tial as it will help you with a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the con­cepts you are go­ing to study.

Having ac­count­ing as a sub­ject might help you in your stud­ies to­wards your de­gree, but it’s not com­pul­sory at most uni­ver­si­ties. En­sure the univer­sity you will be at­tend­ing is ac­cred­ited by the SA In­sti­tute of Char­tered Ac­coun­tants (Saica).

Get the right univer­sity qual­i­fi­ca­tion:

You need to ob­tain a BCom Ac­count­ing de­gree or an equiv­a­lent CA (SA) un­der­grad­u­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tion at a Saica-ac­cred­ited univer­sity.

Ob­tain a Cer­tifi­cate in the The­ory of Ac­count­ing (CTA) or equiv­a­lent qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

This is a post­grad­u­ate 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.

Part-time stu­dents

If you will be study­ing part time, you may im­me­di­ately en­ter into a train­ing con­tract with a reg­is­tered train­ing of­fice. The du­ra­tion of the con­tract will then be five years and you will be ex­pected to study for (and pass) a BCom or equiv­a­lent de­gree.

An­other op­tion is to com­plete your un­der­grad­u­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tion on a full­time ba­sis, then en­ter into a four-year train­ing con­tract at an ac­cred­ited train­ing of­fice to com­plete your CTA or equiv­a­lent on a part-time ba­sis.

Full-time stu­dents

Upon com­ple­tion of your CTA, you are el­i­gi­ble to en­ter into a three-year train­ing con­tract with a reg­is­tered train­ing of­fice. The type of of­fice you choose will be de­ter­mined by the type of spe­cial­i­sa­tion, such as au­dit­ing or fi­nan­cial man­age­ment, you want to fol­low.

Re­mem­ber ...

You must work con­sis­tently and seek as­sis­tance if you ex­pe­ri­ence any chal­lenges with your stud­ies. Always aim to ob­tain all-round good re­sults. Per­se­ver­ance and ef­fort will help you achieve your end goal. – www.saica.co.za

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