Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Policy

Critical to the success of the CA2025 project is the revised CPD policy (effective 1 January 2020) which moves measurement of lifelong learning, for the purpose of professional body reporting, from input (hours) to output (competence relevant to your role). This requires that professionals embrace the attitude and skill of lifelong learning which is more critical as accountants of the future are likely to have to learn, relearn and unlearn at great pace in order to remain relevant.

SAICA’s objective of having a CPD policy is to protect the public interest by ensuring there is a framework within which the members commit to ongoing learning and development throughout their careers, demonstrating the competence required in relation to the specific roles an accountant performs.

The growth in knowledge and the speed of technological change, plus the obsolescence of existing knowledge means that the qualifying programme of professional education can no longer be seen as a career-long standing statement of professional competence; undertaking role specific relevant CPD activities is essential for CAs and associates to remain relevant.

SAICA ensures that members and associates:

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Maintain and develop their professional competence relevant to their current and future roles
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Take responsibility for reflecting on and undertaking relevant CPD activities to remain competent in their current and future roles
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Take responsibility for recording CPD activities to demonstrate that they have undertaken relevant and appropriate learning activities for their circumstances

Watch this video on the principles behind the revisions to the CPD policy