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APC Dates and fees

Exam date

06 December 2023

Exam times

09:00 – 17:00

  • The assessment is designed to be completed within 5 hours; however, 8 hours will be given to complete the assessment. (See section 2 of the APC Regulations)
  • No formal break will be given; you may take short breaks when needed. (See section 3.3.11 of the APC Regulations)

Laptops and request for laptops

SAICA has reverted to a hybrid model of e-writing as utilised in previous APC sittings. This means that candidates will use their own or organisation/employer-provided laptops to write the APC. SAICA will, however, hire laptops for those candidates who do not have access to laptops as done previously. Requests for a SAICA hired laptop should be submitted no later than the 6th of November 2023. No requests will be accepted after the 6th of November 2023

Candidate Zones

See Section 3 of the APC Regulations
  • Candidate zones will be indicated at exam venues.
  • Candidates will be required to remain in the candidate zone for duration of the assessment unless answer book is submitted early.
  • Submission of answer books means candidate have completed the assessment and designated zones will no longer be accessible to candidate.
  • No re-entry will be afforded once candidate leaves the designated zone up to exam completion time.

Pre-release material Section 8 of the APC Regulations

  • Will be made available on 1 December 2023 at 08:00
  • This will only be available in PDF format.
  • Additional information and 'required' will only be made available (handed out) on the day of exam.
  • Distributed via SAICA website, as well as email communication to candidates and professional provider sites.
  • The onus shall be on the candidate to ensure that he or she accesses and receives the material timeously and no additional time allowances will be granted to candidates who, for any reason whatsoever, do not receive such pre-release material timeously.
  • Please ensure that your contact details (email & phone number) are correct and up to date on your SAICA profile so that the pre-release material is sent to the correct place.
  • Part II – APC Exam regulations

Online registration dates

22 September 2023 - 6 November 2023

Registration fees

All amounts are inclusive of 15% VAT



Payment and invoices

  • Payment of all invoices must reach SAICA by 30 November 2023.
  • In terms of SAICA's examination policy, invoices are issued to each candidate.
  • If the invoice should be made out to the candidate's employer, the candidate must request it before 31 October 2023.
  • Refunds may be subject to an administrative charge (refer to Section 4 to 6 of the Exam refund policy)


After completion and submission of an on-line registration (application)

  • You will be sent a computer-generated confirmation within 24 hours via email.
  • If not received within 24 hours, call the SAICA contact centre – non-receipt could mean that your registration was unsuccessful.
  • Check your details – especially the venue you selected – on the confirmation letter for correctness
  • Advise the exams department through the email ***@saica.co.za immediately of any venue changes (subject to availability).

Examination confirmation letter via email

  • Confirms that SAICA has received your payment and verified your eligibility.
  • This confirms your eligibility to write the exam.
  • This letter contains your exam number.
  • A printed copy must be taken with you on day of examination.


  • Informs you that an examination confirmation letter has been e-mailed to you. Ensure that your correct cell number is loaded on your SAICA profile, online.

Exam Venues

  • SAICA reserves the right to change the examination venue address subsequent to it being published on the SAICA website or in the online application form.
  • Processing of venue changes requests will be closed as of the 6th of November 2023

Due to COVID-19, SAICA had previously allowed candidates to write the APC at international venues in addition to the London venue. This was largely due to restrictions on travel or travel ban by several countries.

In addition to this and knowing that some candidates were already travelling for international secondments early in 2022 and since SAICA communicated the 2021 APC rewrite date while many candidates were already traveling – SAICA permitted candidates to sit the rewrite at several international venues.

Having reviewed this and since most travel bans have been lifted and the APC dates were communicated in advance, all candidates writing the APC must register to write at the currently available venues, in South African and London. There will be no other venues other than those in South Africa and London. SAICA makes this decision having considered all the risks that may possibly affect the APC.

Therefore, candidates must register and present themselves at the venues in South Africa and London.

Wishing you the best for the APC.

Exam results date

23 February 2024

Entrance (eligibility) requirements


Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Candidates must have passed ITC, completed 20 months of a registered training contract and successfully completed an APC professional programme, offered for the first time in 2014.
  • Candidates should be holders of a professional programme certificate obtained in either 2021, 2022 or 2023.
Pathways Entry

ICPAK (CPA (Kenya)

  • Persons who hold the CPA(K) designation must write and pass the SAICA APC examination. These persons are not required to complete the Professional Programme for purposes of entry to the APC examination, although it is strongly recommended that they complete this programme.
  • This conversion route is only available to individuals who
  • hold the CPA(K) designation, AND
  • have at least 24 months’ work experience after obtaining these designations, AND
  • are a graduate, i.e. a holder of a university degree assessed by the SAQA Foreign Qualifications Evaluation and Advisory Services as equivalent to a three year South African Bachelor’s degree.

Step 1:
Applicants must provide SAICA with:

a) A Letter of Good Standing from CIMA indicating that they gained registration with CIMA by completing the education, examination and practical experience requirements as prescribed
b) Proof that they are graduates i.e.
(i) holders of at least a Bachelor’s degree which is registered on Level 7 of the NQF, takes
a minimum of 3 years to complete and comprises at least 360 credits OR
(ii) holders of foreign academic qualifications which are assessed by SAQA
((https://www.saqa.org.za/evalua... The successful completion of the professional programme remains valid for a period of three consecutive calendar years from the date on which the professional programme was successfully completed. This means that the APC must be passed within 3 consecutive calendar years of having successfully completed the professional
If this period has lapsed without the candidate having successfully completed the APC, the candidate is obliged to complete
a relevant professional programme again before being eligible for entry into the APC again.
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qualifications?language_content_entity=en) as equivalent to a South African Bachelor’s
degree which is registered on Level 7 of the NQF, takes a minimum of 3 years to
complete and comprises at least 360 credits.
These documents must be sent to lethum@saica.co.za.
SAICA will provide you with a letter stating whether or not you qualify for the SAICA Professional
Step 2:
If you are granted access to the Professional Programme by SAICA, you must provide a copy of
SAICA’s letter to the Professional Programme Provider when you enrol for the programme.
Step 3:
You must provide SAICA with proof that you have successfully completed the SAICA Professional
Programme. This proof must be sent to APC@saica.co.za
Step 4:
Once you have successfully completed the APC Assessment, you will be eligible to register with

20 months practical experience

  • Completed 20 months of a SAICA registered training contract, up to the day before exam date.
  • The 20 months is made up of actual months completed under a SAICA registered training contract, plus any RPL granted less any remissions. (Please contact SAICA (***@saica.co.za) if you are not sure whether you meet this requirement)
  • Successful completion of the APC Professional Programme (valid for 3 years from date completed).

Format of examinations

Section 9 of the APC Regulations

  • Open-book assessments.
  • SAICA handbooks (as per the SAICA website) may be brought into the examination venue.
  • One standard size (no thicker than 8cm) A4 lever arch file, which include any reference material and notes obtained as part of preparation for the assessment may be brought into the examination venue. Information must be affixed by means of punched holes and none of this material may be removed from the assessment venue, at any time during the assessment
  • Part II – APC Exam regulations

On-line registration

Click here for the step-by-step guide on how to register. Click here to complete the online exam registration.

Special concession

Click here for the policy and application forms. Closing date for applications is on the 22nd of September 2023.