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Job Title - Chartered Accountant


A Chartered Accountant (CA(SA)) examines the financial information of individual clients, corporate clients and other institutions.

Typical Job Activities

Analyses and reports on a company’s financial information

Prepares and reports on financial statements to shareholders

Captures financial information on computers

Gives financial and strategic input into how a business can be run better

Audits financial statements

Provides tax or financial planning advice

Offers consulting and advisory business services

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Educational Requirements

Senior Certificate with matric exemption.

Compulsory subjects: Mathematics (Level 5 or more pass) and English

Recommended subjects: Accounting


The qualification period is a minimum of 7 years full-time

If you want to become a chartered accountant, you need to take the following steps:

- BCom (Accounting – CA stream) at a SAICA accredited university in South Africa - 3 years full-time

- BCom Honours (Accounting) known as a PGDA or Certificate in the Theory of Accounting (CTA) - 1 year full-time

- pass two Qualifying Examinations: the Initial Test of Competence (ITC) and the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)

- enter into a training contract (also known as articles) for 3 years with a SAICA accredited training office (this can be in the public or with a private practice, bank or commerce and industry partner)

- apply to the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) for membership

After admission a chartered accountant is able to write the letters CA (SA) behind his name

Provision is made for a student who has obtained a degree in another direction, for example law, to pass the subjects at university according to the minimum requirements for a CTA. He will also be required to serve a three-year period of articles and pass the qualifying examinations.


To practice chartered accountant must register with SAICA. To be an auditor, a CA(SA) must have SAICA membership and the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA).

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Have integrity, determination and perseverance

Have a strong aptitude for Mathematics

Be intelligent

Be able to communicate well and think strategically

Be ethical

Be able to analyse, compare and interpret facts and figures quickly

Be able to make sound judgements based on knowledge gained from information

Be able to work accurately and convey recommendations clearly

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Employment Opportunities


Market Competitiveness


Income Potential


Self-Employment Options


International Employment Market


Possible Employers

Government, national and provincial departments, municipalities, local councils etc. universities or TVET colleges as lecturers

Big, medium or small private companies – Either with a registered firm of practicing chartered accountants/ auditors of as a member of a companies’ finance office (e.g. as the CFO)

Medium or small Companies - Remain with the firm where articles were served

Self-employed: Own practice or as a entrepreneur


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Relevant Contact Details

Public Accounts' and Auditors' Board

South African Institute of Chartered Accountants

South African Institute of Professional Accountants

Career Progress and Path

Experience in specific field
Work performance

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field
Management positions in the specific field
Management positions in related fields
General business management
Executive positions
Consultant/ contractor/ own practice/ freelance

Employment Stability

Very stable

Reasons to consider this career

To be a CEO or CFO of a company

A job in the private or public sector

To start my own business

A stable job

To make money

To work in any industry of choice – in all fields of business and finance and, more specifically, in auditing/assurance, tax, financial management, information technology, management accounting, forensic accounting and insolvency;

To make a sustainable impact in the economy of the country

To work internationally