31 January 2023

IAS receives SAICA accreditation to deliver an APC Professional Programme

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Johannesburg, Monday, 30 January 2023 – The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) is pleased to announce the accreditation of the Institute of Accounting Sciences’ (IAS) Integrated Learning Professional Course (ILPC), effective January 2023.

When it comes to addressing South Africa’s scarce-skills shortage, SAICA prides itself on accrediting education programmes that provide higher education students access to SAICA’s membership benefits via a variety of qualification routes.

The IAS is the fourth provider in South Africa to have a Professional Programme accredited for the purposes of entry into SAICA’s Assessment of Professional Competence which is the second part of SAICA’s qualifying examinations.

SAICA’s Chief Executive Officer, Freeman Nomvalo, explains:

“For programmes to be accredited by SAICA, providers undergo a rigorous and extensive process to ensure that their programme has the necessary resources in place to deliver a high-quality programme leading to the CA(SA) qualification. Having undergone the formal accreditation process, we are confident that the IAS’s Professional Programme is backed by the necessary resources to meet the standards set by SAICA. Those who have completed this course now get an opportunity to align their career trajectory with SAICA, one of the world's leading accounting institutes.”

The accreditation is effective for all candidates who enrolled in the IAS’s ILPC programme from January 2023.

What does the accreditation mean for the IAS?

IAS Head, Gary Swartz, says that “the new programme provides an important addition to the current professional programme market. We have a strong focus on developing skills and competencies, and on providing a personalised and holistic solution for students. The IAS is excited to present their new offering which is based on a newly developed bespoke skills development portal, developed from a combination of local and internationally professional research.”



The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), South Africa’s pre-eminent accountancy body, is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading accounting institutes. The Institute provides a wide range of support services to more than 50 000 members and associates who are chartered accountants (CAs[SA]), as well as associate general accountants (AGAs[SA]) and accounting technicians (ATs[SA]), who hold positions as CEOs, MDs, board directors, business owners, chief financial officers, auditors and leaders in every sphere of commerce and industry, and who play a significant role in the nation’s highly dynamic business sector and economic development.

Chartered Accountants are highly valued for their versatile skill set and creative lateral thinking, that's why all of the top 100 Global Brands employ Chartered Accountants.

SAICA is a member of Chartered Accountants Worldwide (CAW), a global family that connects over 1,8 million fellow Chartered Accountants and students in more than 190 countries. Together, we support, develop, and promote the role of Chartered Accountants as trusted business leaders, difference-makers, and advisers.

About IAS

The Institute of Accounting Science is a higher education provider, predominantly focussing on a Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy, leading students to become chartered accountants. The qualification requires accreditation by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. They provide a detailed competency framework which guides providers in developing and designing course material and maintaining quality standards.

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