The IIE Professional Certificate in Accountancy is effectively a bridging programme into the Chartered Accountancy pathway both offered at The IIE MSA. The programme is designed for students who have, for example, completed a non-SAICA-accredited degree or Advanced Diploma, or do not meet the requirements to gain direct entry into the IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (PGDip Accounting) programme. The Higher Certificate in Accounting programme also focuses, to a large extent, on readiness preparation for the PGDip (Accounting) programme offered at The IIE MSA, to increase the successful student’s chances of passing the PGDip (Accounting), also offered at The IIE MSA, in as short a time possible.
The Professional Certificate in Accountancy (PCA) comprises four compulsory full-year modules and no elective modules. Successful completion of the Higher Certificate in Accountancy requires a pass mark of 50% for each of the four modules. In order to qualify for entry into the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (subject to the entry requirements of the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting), a pass mark for all four modules must be achieved in the same examination period.
The four compulsory modules are:
This module focuses on the application of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) at an advanced level.
This module focuses on the taxes and duties levied in terms of the Income Tax Act, the Estate Duty Act, and the Value-Added Tax Act.
Management Accounting & Finance
This module aims to provide tools that support analytical reasoning that contributes to effective management and decision-making in the context of real world scenarios. The module draws on a broad understanding of the economy, strategy and risk management.
Corporate Governance & Auditing
This module aims to provide a thorough knowledge and understanding of the external audit process, corporate governance and company-related legislation. The curriculum focuses on the audit process, computer auditing, the Code of Professional Conduct, the Auditing Professions Act, the Companies Act, corporate governance and sustainable businesses.
Minimum Admission Requirements
An appropriate HEQSF Level 7 Bachelor’s degree
International Entry Requirements
A SAQA Evaluation Certificate with NQF L7 equivalence in an appropriate field
The IIE Professional Certificate in Accountancy is a one-year certificate. The academic year runs from February to November. The modules are delivered on a part-time basis (with lectures and tutorials being scheduled online during the evening from Monday to Thursday).
Please note that in line with academic practice, The IIE’s curriculum is reviewed annually and thus changes may occur in module structure and sequence in order to ensure that the programme remains relevant. Registered students receive an updated programme curriculum on an annual basis.
On successful completion of the Professional Certificate in Accountancy, a certificate of competence will be issued which will be considered for admission into the PGDip(Accounting).
Please note: The Professional Certificate in Accountancy (PCA) does not lead to a qualification on the NQF and is not accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) or the CHE of the DHET.
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The Professional Certificate in Accountancy is a bridging programme into the IIE MSA Chartered Accountancy pathway. Successful completion of the programme will provide entry into the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting, subject to the entry requirements of the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting.
The programme’s duration is 12 months. The programme is presented on a flexible basis, of which approximately 90% is online and 10% is face-to-face.
The Professional Certificate in Accountancy comprises four compulsory full-year modules and no elective modules. Successful completion of the Professional Certificate in Accountancy requires a pass mark of 50% for each module. In order to qualify for entry into the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (subject to the entry requirements of the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting), that pass mark for all four modules must be achieved in the same examination period.
Monday, 1 March 2021
Online (approximately 90%) and on campus at IIE MSA (approximately 10%).
Students are advised to pay their deposit on/before registration and the balance by the published payment due date. Alternative a payment arrangement can be applied for before the 28 February 2021.
International students registering for the first time at IIE MSA will be subject to an International Student Levy of R6,500 payable upon registration.
2021 Annual Fee:
* Note that fees are subject to an annual increase.
For more information regarding fees please visit the Fee structure.
Students are responsible for the payment of their own transport and accommodation during the various intakes, as well as for textbooks, computers or other devices to use the Internet.
For more information on our payment methods visit https://www.iiemsa.co.za/pay-fees/
Telephone: +27 11 950 4009