Jackie Arendse CA(SA)
Head of the School of Accounting
University of Witwatersrand (Wits)
BRIEF BACKGROUND QUESTIONS:
1. When did you qualify as a CA(SA)?
2. How did you qualify as a CA(SA)? (Where did you study, how did you study (full-time / part-time?), where did you do your articles?
Studied through WITS part-time. Served a five year training contact with Deloitte.
3. What types of jobs/roles have you done in your career?
- Articles at Deloitte
- Group financial accountant – Anglo Alpha (Now Holcim)
- Academia lecturing – WITS
- Project Director: Tax – SAICA
- Private Practice
4. What does your current role entail?
Head of the School of Accounting at Wits. Managing of the entire school which includes more than 50 staff. Still actively involved in lecturing in the tax space i.e. Tax Masters and Higher Diploma in Accounting.
1. As a CA(SA) you are professional, what does life-long learning mean to you?
Keeps one updated with developments and legislative changes. Keep abreast of what’s happening on the socio and economic front.
2. How has CPD/life-long learning contributed to your career progression?
It’s part of being a professional. CPD is an objective measure, which is essential to any professional body.
3. What activities do you do or have you done that contribute to your life-long learning and help you to stay ahead and maintain your competitive edge as a CA(SA)?
Studies and specialisation i.e. doing the Masters in Taxation. Training i.e. delivery / attendance at seminars and events. Research and developing others.
4. How important is it that the public is made aware of the life-long learning status of a CA(SA), especially those who utilise services of a CA(SA)?
Very important. In order for the public to value CAs it is important for them to know that all CAs are kept up to date with key changes relevant to the profession.
5. What advice would you give to up and coming CAs(SA) regarding life-long learning and continuing professional development?
Need to know that obtaining your qualification is not the final destination. Continue to challenge yourself. This will lead to great rewards. Move forward and never stagnate.
6. The SAICA CPD policy requires that you both do and record your CPD, you have obviously committed to CPD/life-long learning as demonstrated in your answers above, what steps do you take to record your CPD as outlined in the policy?
Done on an ad-hoc basis. We are all doing CPD all the time but the recording bit is an administrative task and it can be an irritation.
7. Do you believe that the SAICA CPD policy upholds your status as a CA(SA)?
Yes it does. CPD is an element of quality assurance. Any professional body requires quality assurance standards. Keeping updated adds to one’s professional standing.
8. What tips can you give to other CAs(SA) regarding CPD?
See CPD as part being a professional. We are all doing CPD on a regular basis. We need to recognise and record what we are doing.
9. What improvements do you think SAICA can make around CPD? (i.e promoting life-long learning, providing access to CPD opportunities, benchmarking and monitoring CPD compliance?
IT systems improvement i.e. automatically upload CPD points when one attends training seminar / event. Make it easier to register for training / events.