How do I become a CA?
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.
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.
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.
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