Get the right training
The second part of your path towards becoming a CA (SA) entails completing a learnership programme. This is known as a training contract, and one which a trainee accountant enters into with a registered training office. Click here to find a training office.
Pass SAICA's Professional Examinations
The final two steps on your pathway to becoming a CA(SA) are passing two Qualifying Examinations, namely the Initial Test of Competence (ITC) and the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). Both of these exams are set and administered by SAICA.
The Initial Test of Competence (ITC)
To qualify for entry to the ITC, you must have passed the CTA or equivalent CA (SA) exam. This generally means that candidates enter for the ITC during their first year of their training contracts (or the fourth year, if they have been studying part time).
A CTA is valid for three years, which means you will be eligible to sit for the ITC exam for a period of three consecutive years, starting the year after you obtained your CTA or equivalent qualification. There are two examination opportunities for the ITC per year, namely in January and June of each year, which means a candidate, has a maximum of six attempts at the ITC.
The Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)
To qualify for entry to the APC, a candidate must have –
- passed the ITC; and
- completed a minimum of 20 months of a registered training contract with an accredited training office, by the beginning of the month in which the assessment is written; and
- successfully completed a professional programme with a registered provider.
The professional programme remains valid for a period of three consecutive years, which means that the APC must be passed within those three years; otherwise you will again have to complete a professional programme.
During your training it is your responsibility to drive your career. You must utilise every opportunity to learn about the business areas that you training office covers. It is imperative that you also pay careful attention to technical and soft skills training as this will enable you to improve your abilities and execute your tasks/duties more effectively.