To become a CA(SA) you have to:
• Obtain a relevant four-year degree from an approved university;
• Complete a 36-month training contract with either an accounting firm in public practice (to become an auditor) or with an approved training organisation (to follow the financial management route);
• Complete a relevant post graduate diploma or specialised course;
• Pass Part 1 of the Qualifying Examination (accounting) before passing Part 2 (auditing or financial management).
After passing the qualifying examinations and completing your training contract, you then have to register with The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) in order to become a Chartered Accountant. You then get to use the most sought after letters after your name – CA(SA).
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