How do I become a CA(SA)?
You need to take Pure Mathematics (not Mathematical Literacy) as a subject. The minimum requirements for university admission are a Level 4 pass in Mathematics together with a National Senior Certificate with matriculation exemption.
A good grounding in English is essential as it will help you to have a better understanding of the concepts you are going to study.
Having Accounting as a subject may help you in your studies towards your degree, but at most universities this is not compulsory.
Also ensure that the university you will be attending is accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).
You will first need to enrol for a BCom Accounting degree or an equivalent CA(SA) undergraduate qualification at a SAICA-accredited university.
Once you have completed your degree you will be required to complete your Certificate in the Theory of Accounting (CTA). This course focuses on Accounting, Auditing, Taxation and Financial Management. The course takes a minimum of one year and must be completed at a SAICA-accredited university.
Upon completion of your CTA, you are eligible to enter into a three-year learnership with a registered training office (RTO) (to specialise in Auditing) or an approved training organisation (ATO) (to specialise in Financial Management).
If you will be studying on a part-time basis, you may immediately enter into a five-year training contract with a registered training office (RTO). Upon completion of you contract, you must obtain a BCom Accounting degree or equivalent CA(SA) undergraduate qualification and then complete the CTA or equivalent.
The same pre-requisites apply as for full-time study.
Another option is to complete your undergraduate qualification full time and then enter into a four-year learnership at an RTO or ATO and complete your CTA or equivalent part-time.
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You must work consistently and seek assistance if you experience any challenges with your studies. Always aim to obtain good results all around. Perseverance and effort will help you achieve your end goal.