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)
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 15 November 2019 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.
Payment of all invoices must reach SAICA by 31 October 2019.
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 29 September 2019.
Refunds may be subject to 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 email@example.com immediately of any venue changes (subject to availability).
THIS DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO WRITE THE EXAM, SAICA WILL FIRST CHECK YOU HAVE MET ALL THE APC ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND CONFIRM THIS AT A LATER DATE.
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.
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.
Venue change: If you want to change your examination venue do so in writing (to firstname.lastname@example.org before the 31st of October 2019. No requests will be accepted after the 31st of October 2019
Exam results date
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.
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.
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 (APC@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
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