New Route for ACCA Members to Achieve Registered Auditor Status in South Africa

Members of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) can now apply to become registered auditors in South Africa. This initiative is expected to address talent shortages and enhance diversity within the audit sector.

Following last year’s accreditation by South Africa’s Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA), ACCA members are now eligible to apply for registered auditor status in the country. This development aims to mitigate the audit talent shortage and strengthen ACCA’s contribution to South Africa’s economy and society.

Statements from ACCA Leadership

Portia Mkhabela, Cluster Head of ACCA Southern Africa, expressed delight over the new pathway, highlighting its benefits for current members and students, and its potential to attract new talent to the accountancy profession. Jamil Ampomah, ACCA Director – Africa, noted that this recognition reflects the quality of the ACCA Qualification and its professional standards, bringing new opportunities for members and employers in the audit sector.

ACCA members wishing to become registered auditors must meet specific audit experience requirements and have completed relevant exam options within the ACCA Qualification. They can then apply for ACCA’s South Africa Audit Qualification, enabling them to register for the IRBA’s Audit Development Programme, a process of up to 18 months leading to registered auditor status.

Global Recognition of ACCA Audit Skills

The audit skills of ACCA members are also recognised in other countries, including the UK, Ireland, and Zimbabwe. ACCA’s qualification model, known for being inclusive and innovative, has been well received in South Africa, providing a pathway to becoming an accountancy professional.

Portia Mkhabela, Cluster Head of ACCA Southern Africa, said: ‘We’re delighted that the pathway for ACCA members and future members to gain registered auditor status in South Africa is now available.’

Jamil Ampomah, ACCA Director – Africa, said: ‘This recognition is a positive reflection of the quality of the ACCA Qualification, the professional standards of our members, and our well-established presence in South Africa.’

Requirements and Process for Registered Auditor Status

ACCA members applying to become registered auditors will need to meet audit experience requirements and have undertaken relevant exam options within the ACCA Qualification.

The skills of ACCA members in audit are also recognised through audit regulatory recognition in other countries such as the UK, Ireland and Zimbabwe.

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