What is SAICA?

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), is a professional accountancy body in South Africa.

As of August 2013, the institute has over 36 000 members. SAICA provides support, advice and services to its CAs throughout their professional lives. SAICA members are business advisors, business leaders and entrepreneurs. SAICA members can use the CA(SA) designation.

Membership and qualifications.

To become a student and a member of SAICA, the candidate needs to enroll for a B Com Accounting degree or an equivalent CA(SA) undergraduate qualification at a SAICA accredited university. Once the degree is completed the student is required to complete his 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 to complete. As mentioned before, it must be completed at a SAICA accredited university. Upon completion of CTA, the candidates are eligible to enter into a 3-year learnership with a Registered Training Office (RTO) or an Approved Training Organisation (ATO).

Regional involvement:

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants is constituted of four local regional offices as well as two international representative offices, which serve members based in those respective regions. The regions are as follows:

  • Northern Region (Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces).
  • Eastern Region (KwaZulu-Natal province).
  • Southern Region (Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces).
  • Central Region (Free State, North West and Northern Cape provinces).
  • South African Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.
  • South African Institute of Chartered Accountants United Kingdom (UK).