ABOUT SAICA

A progressive pathway to accounting excellence

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) is the leading accountancy body in South Africa and one of the prominent institutes globally. SAICA offers three reputable professional accounting and business designations from a foundational to a strategic level of accounting and business competence – Accounting Technician [AT(SA)], Associate General Accountant [AGA(SA)] and Chartered Accountant [CA(SA)]. These three designations are underpinned by the SAICA Code of Professional Conduct (the SAICA Code) and continuous professional development (CPD) to ensure the highest level of professionalism, discipline and performance.

SAICA is at the forefront of developing, influencing and leading the highest standards of ethics, education and professional excellence in the delivery of quality accountancy skills. This is achieved by safeguarding the professional standards of the designations on offer; advancing and maintaining the relevancy of the profession; and by regulating the members’ and associates’ professional conduct against the SAICA Code.

1. A REGULATED MEMBERSHIP BODY

The SAICA Code conforms to the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA), a standard-setting board of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). All SAICA members and associates are required to adhere to the SAICA Code. The code serves to guide their professional credibility and conduct in business, enabling them to exercise independence and sound judgement on ethical issues, while maintaining high professional standards. Through the SAICA Code, the Institute is able to establish the standard behaviour and practices expected from members and associates.

2. RIGOROUS QUALIFYING CRITERIA

Being a SAICA member and associate is no ordinary feat. All members and associates qualify through a regulated, rigorous education and assessment process that keeps them relevant and ahead in the industry. The Institute prides itself on its ongoing commitment to ensure that its designations are highly regarded, relevant and reflective of the modern world. This ensures that SAICA members and associates enter the workplace with competitive skill sets that continuously evolve in response to societal, economical and technological changes.

3. A COMMITMENT TO LIFELONG LEARNING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

SAICA members and associates maintain their professional excellence and relevance through CPD and lifelong learning. The SAICA Code requires all members and associates to keep their professional knowledge and skills up to date in relation to changes in their working environment as well as acting ethically at all times.
To support the members and associates’ growth, SAICA delivers a suite of approved CPD opportunities such as access to quality research, publications, accounting standards and regulations updates, technical and governance guidelines as well as industry leading seminars and events. This enables all members and associates to enhance their skills and stay abreast of industry and business needs.

THE VALUE OF BEING A SAICA MEMBER

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CA(SA) IS THE SOUGHT AFTER PREMIER BUSINESS DESIGNATION

GLOBALLY RECOGNISED PROFESSIONALS

The CA(SA) designation is recognised globally in every sector of business and finance. The designation offers career mobility, opening doors to a wide range of career opportunities. The designation denotes a global understanding of accounting standards, methodologies and business expertise to manage an array of universal financial and business needs. Employers can confidently position CAs(SA) to work anywhere in the world.

RESPONSIBLE LEADERS IN BUSINESS

One of the key tenets of the SAICA Code is that all CAs(SA) must act in the best interest of the public and the country. CAs(SA) are trained to exercise good judgement, draw attention to acts of impropriety and to always act to safeguard their independence and the public interest with rigour and integrity. As SAICA members, CAs(SA) are required to be trusted leaders. This means they are mandated to be ethically minded and use their talents and skills to lead organisations responsibly, ensuring that decisions they make are sustainable for their organisations and the country.

VERSATILE SKILL SET FOR TODAY AND THE FUTURE

The influence of CAs(SA) is diverse and spans across public and private sectors, as well as a variety of industries. With a disciplined approach, unmatched financial acumen, broad business and strong analytical skills imparted from their high level of education, training and substantial experience. CAs(SA) have a greater ability to analyse and interpret today’s business problems and develop dynamic solutions fit for the future.

CAs(SA) have a breadth of knowledge and competencies that are maintained through ongoing professional development. Chartered Accountants competently progress between their core competencies in handling financial and accounting systems, and organisational strategy to provide innovative approaches to development.

AN INVESTMENT IN YOUR HUMAN CAPITAL

The CA(SA) designation remains one of the world’s most prestigious career choices and presents various career progression opportunities. CAs(SA) invest in considerable effort to earn the CA(SA) designation. They undergo extensive education, training and qualifying examination criteria, making them a cut above other professionals.
As strategic financial experts, they adapt to changing environments, and can work across diverse disciplines. When adding a CA(SA) to a team, you can be assured of strategic, business and financial acumen to deliver value to business.