How Do I Qualify

Last Updated Thursday, March 25, 2021 5:32:23 PM

Stand out from the crowd. Become a SAICA AGA(SA)

Becoming an Associate General Accountant (AGA(SA)) is your ticket to a challenging and exciting career.Is your ambition to achieve a premium qualification that sets you apart as a member of a highly influential and respected professional body that caters to members who all play vital strategic roles in the organisations in business, government and the communities they serve?The AGA(SA) is a designation held by men and women with multi-disciplinary education, training and experience who are not afraid of challenges or change, and who thrive on the cut and thrust of business.SAICA is a service-driven not-for-profit organisation that has positioned itself as a leading accountancy body in South Africa, and has established itself as one of the leading professional accounting bodies in the world.

Click here for Eligibility Requirements

If you have not completed a SAICA training contract you can submit a training equivalence Assessment (TEA)


The Purpose of the Assessment

The purpose of the assessment is to enable Candidates to demonstrate that, as a result of learning through work experience, they have mastered the competencies and pervasive qualities that are substantially equivalent to those prescribed for the SAICA Training Programme.

  • Candidates are required to demonstrate that they have a sound technical knowledge of the competencies.
  • They are also required to demonstrate that they are able -
    • to apply the technical knowledge in an analytical and practical manner;
    • to extract from various subjects, the knowledge required to solve multidisciplinary problems;
    • in multi-problem situations, to identify and define the problems and prioritise them in the order in which they need to be addressed;
    • to evaluate and decide between alternatives, propose practical solutions and understand the role of judgement in this process; and
    • to integrate diverse areas of knowledge and skills.



To be eligible to submit a TEA to SAICA, an applicant must:

  • Have completed at least 4 years’ relevant work experience AND completed a SAICA accredited academic qualification; OR
  • Be in possession of a Bachelor’s degree AND have completed at least 6 years’ relevant work experience AND be a member of -
    • the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) – designation PA(SA), or
    • the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) – designation CCA or FCCA, or
    • the South African Institute of Government Auditors (SAIGA) designation RGA.

To check if you are eligible to submit TEA, please click here to download a Personal Details Form?

Click here to download a Personal Details Form



Submissions are accepted by SAICA from 1 March to 15 March and 1 August to 15 August each year. The results will be made available on the last working day in July and December each year.The Components of the Assessment Candidates are required to submit the following as part of the assessment:

  • Written submission of 6500 words (+/-10%) comprising:
    • SECTION A: Employment History
    • SECTION B: Professional Competence Statement (PCS)

Supporting documents:

  • ATTACHMENT: An affidavit certifying that the entire submission is the applicant’s own work;
  • ATTACHMENT: A sponsor declaration, and
  • ATTACHMENT: Declarations from corroborators which cover the whole period of the applicant’s employment history.



2020 Training equivalence assessment fees

Fees payable on submission of assessment documents:

Excl VAT

Incl VAT

R3 913

R4 500