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Making accounting more accessible through the SAICA-accreditation of the Institute of Accounting Science as a new private institution

Last Updated Aug 2017

Johannesburg, Wednesday 2 August 2017 – The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) is pleased to announce that the Institute of Accounting Science (IAS) has received SAICA-accreditation for its postgraduate diploma in accountancy. This will be effective from January 2018, where the first intake of students will be at the Johannesburg campus of the IAS. 

This means that aspiring accountants now have even more options to further their studies in the pursuit of becoming chartered accountants [CA(SA)]. ‘In its role in promoting quality assurance in accounting education, and in terms of its current recognition and standing with the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA), one of SAICA’s key roles is to accredit programmes which then allows students access to SAICA’s Initial Test of Competence (ITC),’ says Mandi Olivier, Senior Executive for Professional Development at SAICA.

‘For programmes to be accredited by SAICA, higher education providers such as the IAS undergo a rigorous and extensive process to ensure that their programme has the necessary resources in place to deliver a high quality programme leading to a CA(SA) qualification. These quality assurance processes are undertaken in addition to the formal regulatory accreditation requirements of the DHET, CHE and SAQA which need to be in place before getting the SAICA stamp of approval. Having undergone the formal accreditation process, we are confident that the IAS postgraduate degree is backed by the necessary resources to meet the standards set by SAICA.’

Professor Gary Swartz, Institute Head at the IAS adds: ‘We look forward to providing a cutting edge CTA programme which includes years of consideration and development. The IAS philosophy is to contribute to the CA(SA) landscape by offering an alternative route to the public Universities, similar to a private schooling model. We have designed a revolutionary programme that is designed to move with the changing educational and technological landscape.’  

The programme is the first one-year postgraduate diploma in accounting offered by a South African private provider to receive accreditation from SAICA. The IAS has confirmed that its first intake for the Johannesburg campus will be in January 2018.

Students may find out more about the programme at www.destinationca.co.za, or request information at info@destinationca.co.za.


About SAICA:
The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), South Africa’s pre-eminent accountancy body, is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading accounting institutes. The Institute provides a wide range of support services to more than 40 000 members who are chartered accountants [CAs(SA)] and hold positions as CEOs, MDs, board directors, business owners, chief financial officers, auditors and leaders in their spheres of business operation. Most of these members operate in commerce and industry, and play a significant role in the nation’s highly dynamic business sector and economic development.

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