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Professional Certificate in Accountancy

Professional Certificate in Accountancy 2020

A Bridging Programme into the 2021 Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting at IIE MSA

What is a Professional Certificate in Accountancy?

This Professional Certificate in Accountancy is effectively a bridging programme into the Chartered Accountancy pathway both offered at 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 Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (PGDip (Accounting)) programme. The programme also focuses, to a large extent, on readiness preparation for the PGDip (Accounting) programme offered at IIE MSA, to increase the successful student’s chances of passing the PGDip (Accounting), also offered at IIE MSA, in as short a time possible.

The Professional Certificate in Accountancy is also offered to Accountants in practice (and business/corporate) for purposes of Continuing Professional Development (or CPD). The PCA covers advanced aspects within Financial Reporting (e.g. Deferred Tax, Financial Instruments, Revenue Recognition, Lease Agreements, etc.), Taxation (latest tax legislation and updates to legislation), Corporate Governance and Auditing (including King Code IV and latest regulatory aspects regarding the Audit function) and lastly Management Accounting & Finance (focusing on important aspects of Financial Management as well as the underlying principles of costing). The fact that the PCA is offered mostly online, further enhances its attractiveness to Accountants in business.

Programme Outline

The Professional Certificate in Accountancy (PCA) 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 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:

Financial Reporting
This modulefocuses on the application of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) at an advanced level.

Tax
This modulefocuses 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.

Mode of Delivery

This programme makes use of a blended learning approach, with online teaching resources, such as online lessons incorporating Moodle, Kahoot, etc. (constituting approximately 90% of the programme), as well as face-to-face lectures and tutorials, presentations and discussion sessions (constituting approximately 10% of the programme).

Assessments

Formal assessment by means of three year tests and a final examination in each of the four modules will be conducted. Various group and individual assignments, presentations, projects, quizzes and homework will also be used for assessment purposes.

Site of Delivery

The Professional Certificate in Accountancy is offered mostly online (approximately 90%) as well as at the IIE MSA campus in Ruimsig (for face-to-face boot camp revision sessions, tests and examinations). The programme is presented on a flexible basis.

Local Entry Requirements

Applicants holding a degree (or who have completed a bridging programme) in Accounting:

  • Applicants who have successfully completed their SAICA-accredited undergraduate degree in Accounting but do not qualify to enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting at IIE MSA as yet, will be granted entry into the Professional Certificate in Accountancy.
  • Applicants who have successfully completed their bridging programme in Accounting at a SAICA-accredited institution but do not qualify to enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting offered at IIE MSA as yet, will be granted entry into the PCA.
  • Applicants who have unsuccessfully attempted their SAICA-accredited postgraduate degree in Accounting and do not qualify to enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting offered at IIE MSA based on its entry requirements, will be granted entry into the Professional Certificate in Accountancy.

Applicants holding a degree in a non-Accounting-related field of study

Applicants who have successfully completed a non-SAICA-accredited undergraduate qualification in a non-Accounting field of study (e.g. financial management, investment management, etc.), will be granted provisional entry into the PCA, subject to the approval of the Programme Coordinator.

International Entry Requirements

The Professional Certificate in Accountancy offered at IIE MSA is open to all students wishing to enter the South African Chartered Accountancy pathway.

Award

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).

What is the Professional Certificate in Accountancy

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.

What is the duration of the programme?

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.

What are the modules offered as part of the Professional Certificate in Accountancy?

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.

Intakes

January 2020

Application Closing Dates

Monday, 27 January 2020

Course Commencement Date

Monday, 3 February 2020

Attendances

Online (approximately 90%) and on campus at IIE MSA (approximately 10%).

Programme code

133IIE

Fees for 2019

Total Fees: 2019 fees: R25,000 per year

* Note that fees are subject to an annual change.

Students are responsible for the payment and arrangement of their own transport and accommodation, as well as for text books and off-campus computers or other devices to be able to access and use the internet. On campus, students are able to use IIE MSA IT equipment and internet facilities.

Domestic/South African students are advised to pay 30% of their semester fee before enrolment and the balance by the published payment due date. Alternative payment arrangement can be applied for to pay each module in full before the commencement date of the module.

Payment dates are earlier if you are a commencing international student. This is to allow 6-8 weeks for your study visa applications to be processed prior to enrolment. To avoid delays obtaining a study visa, commencing international students must pay a 30% deposit before enrolling to allow 6-8 weeks for study visa applications and 50% balance on or before enrolment.

For more information regarding fees please visit the Fee structure

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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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