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Sars CA(SA) Training Programme

About the Sars CA (SA) Training Programme 

The CA (SA) Training Programme is a “revolutionary new training model” for aspiring Chartered Accountants, which combines the Training Inside of Public Practice (TIPP) and Training Outside of Public Practice (TOPP). The new training programme was introduced by the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) earlier this year.

The reasoning behind the new CA (SA) Training Programme was to –
  • Give effect to the SAICA competency framework
  • Give all trainees exposure to a wide range of competencies while still requiring areas of focus, thereby ensuring greater balance
  • Allow approved training offices (like SARS) to design a training programme to meet their specific requirements, and in fact enable them to have multiple training programmes
  • Reinforce the single brand of CA(SA) by removing the distinction between TIPP & TOPP
The revised training contract will offer different competencies in the form of compulsory, elective and residual skills:
  • Compulsory skills (advanced experience):
    • Accounting and external reporting
    • Pervasive professional skills (Business Ethics, Management and Leadership and Personal Attributes)
  • Elective skills (advanced experience):
    At least ONE of the prescribed skills areas i.e. Auditing and Assurance or Financial Management or Management decision-making or Internal Audit, Risk Management and Governance or Taxation
  • Residual skills (basic experience):Skills in areas such as Auditing and assurance or Financial management  or Management decision-making or Internal audit, risk management and governance or Taxation
SARS has embraced this change and has chosen Taxation as its elective and will ensure that trainees gain cutting edge exposure and superior training within the field of Taxation. Aspiring CA, Mikateko Mshaba is telling proof of the success of the CA Training programme by SARS, read her story here.
The new CA(SA) 2010 training programme has been approved by the Education and Training Requirements Committees as well as the Board of SAICA. According to SAICA, “the programme will deliver entry level CAs (SA) who are uniquely equipped to better meet market needs through broader skills acquisition and enhanced flexibility in the training process to truly deliver a high–performance CA(SA) of the future.”
SARS was accredited as an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) in 2004 by the SAICA. It started its training programme in 2006 and has 13 trainees currently in the programme.  The three-year CA (SA) Training Programme has since produced five Chartered Accountants who are now permanently employed within the organisation.


Who should apply?

To apply you need to first meet the following minimum requirements:

  • BCom Hons (Accounting) and a Certificate in Theory of Accounting (CTA)/ Graduate Diploma in Accounting (GDA) or equivalent post-graduate qualification. This qualification must be sufficient to be allowed entry to the SAICA QE1 Board examination.
  • Academic record (for the highest qualification only) will be requested upon short-listing.
  • A valid driver’s licence is essential.
  • Graduates in their final year (Honours/CTA) may apply. Proof of academic results is required for the application to be considered.

How to apply?

If you meet the minimum requirements and want to apply, kindly forward your CV and academic transcript to catraining@sars.gov.za
deadline for applications for the 2012 intake is 30 September 2011.


More frequently asked questions about the CA (SA) training programme:

How long is the training programme?
The training is offered over three years on a full time basis at SARS.

What happens if trainees leave the programme before completing their three-year contract?

Trainees leaving within the three-year period will be responsible for the repayment of all study related costs borne by SARS during the course of their training as determined by the training office and programme manager and approved by a steering committee. These costs may differ as trainees are on different rotations as per their courses and personal development plans.

How is the remuneration structured?

The CA training programme has a well structured salary table which rewards trainees that are successful in meeting their academic and SAICA article requirements.

What happens when trainees complete the three-year programme?

Trainees who successfully meet their academic/training requirements and have signed off their articles may apply for available positions within SARS.

I am in my final year of CTA, can I apply for the programme?

Yes, graduates in their final year (Honours/CTA) qualify to apply. However, acceptance is dependent on the successful completion of their CTA.

I have not completed my Honours yet, but know my Management Accounting, Taxation and Auditing very well. Do I stand a chance?
No, our training programme strictly adheres to the minimum requirements.  Candidates without B Com Honours CTA do not qualify for the CA (SA) training programme.

How do I contact the CA (SA) training programme team at SARS?

For all CA (SA) training programme related queries contact Vulani Hlaise.
Tel:  012 422 5138
Email:   catraining@sars.gov.za