Project Achiever

SAIPA is committed to delivering the Project Achiever programme that not only protects the safety and wellbeing of candidates and staff, but one that is equitable, stringent and upholds the integrity of the Professional Accountants (SA) designation we are striving to achieve.

Considering COVID-19 and the subsequent decision taken by our Management Committee to deliver Project Achiever online (virtual classes).

Turn your hard work into a professional designation through the Project Achiever programme.

What are the benefits of Project Achiever?

Project Achiever helps young accounting professionals by preparing them academically and practically to write the SAIPA Professional Evaluation Exam and earn the prestigious designation of Professional Accountant (SA).

Who should apply Project Achiever?
  • Previously disadvantaged candidates*

The Project Achiever Programme aims to meet transformation goals within South Africa. This programme is only available to candidates who meet the entry requirements for the Professional Evaluation of SAIPA and aspiring Professional Accountants (SA) who intend to take up membership with SAIPA.

In addition, this programme is funded by FASSET and to qualify, you must be of

    • black African descent from around the country,?OR
    • coloured African descent from the Western and Northern Cape region only.

*African Black, Coloured learners in the Western Cape and Northern Cape, and any disabled learners may be included who are South African citizens, by birth or became a South African citizen before 27 April 1994, with a valid South African identity document may apply or be put forward for the grant.

All other candidates

Other candidates who meet the academic and practical requirements are also welcomed to apply, however, they will be required to pay a fee.

  • Fees (including VAT)
    • SAIPA Trainees –?R7200?(includes Professional Evaluation costs)
    • Non-SAIPA Trainees –?R9500?(includes Professional Evaluation costs)


Qualifying candidates who meet one or more of the following requirements are encouraged to apply:

  • A completed BCom degree or equivalent tertiary qualification (core subjects listed below), and
  • A completed three-year SAIPA learnership or six years verifiable working experience in a financial environment.
  • Candidates who have previously written the SAIPA Professional Evaluation Exam and were not successful, or
  • Candidates whose SAIPA learnership is coming to an end on or before June 2020 (with a completed logbook).
  • Six years’ relevant, verifiable experience verified by current and previous employers.
  • A completed training programme from other recognised professional accountancy bodies (core subjects listed below)

Core subjects required

A degree or equivalent qualification with the following completed core subjects from a SAIPA accredited Tertiary Institution is required:

  • Financial Accounting 3
  • Taxation 2
  • Auditing 2 OR Internal Auditing 2 OR Internal Control and Code of Ethics
  • Corporate Law 1 OR Commercial Law 2
  • Management Accounting

Resources required to attend programme

  • A reliable laptop/iPad
  • A stable internet connection (own data)
How does the programme work?
  • Classes start from 18 July 2020 to 28 November 2020 online for all regions.
  • All classes will be conducted via virtual classes in an interactive method.
  • Selected candidates will undergo a programme of integrating their knowledge and practical skills.
  • They will be assisted in their preparation for writing the SAIPA competency-based Professional Evaluation exam, which if when declared competent – will be awarded the NQF level 8 qualification and the designation of Professional Accountant (SA).

Classes start on 18 July 2020 & ends on 28 November 2020 and will be facilitated every Saturday from 08h30 – 16h00 online:

What is covered in the programme?
  • The programme is structured in such a manner which facilitates the competency to integrate the knowledge, skills and attributes through the application in business scenarios.
  • There is no subject-based learning in that the barriers and boundaries of thinking in silos are removed and the candidates are required to analyse the business scenario in an integrated manner (from all aspects whether be Financial Accounting, Financial Reporting, Management Accounting, Financial Management, Taxation, Risk Management, Financial Engagements, etc.) to develop a solution and response to clients encountering business problems.
  • The pace and intensity of the activities and programme is driven by the candidates while the facilitator performs the functions of facilitating the process.
What is included in the programme?

Black African candidates (nationally) and coloured African descent candidates (from the Western and Northern Cape) will be fully funded by Fasset and this will cover:

  • Competency-based training across all required core subjects
  • Access to online study materials
  • Continuous assessment throughout the programme
  • Professional Evaluation costs
  • Important note:?all candidates who are funded but fail to comply with the agreement will be liable to pay a penalty of R10 000.

Other candidates
SAIPA Trainees and SAIPA non-trainees will need to pay a fee to join the programme (listed in “Who should apply Project Achiever?”). The following will be included in this fee listed:

  • Competency-based training across all required core subjects,
  • Access to online study materials,
  • Continuous assessment throughout the programme,
  • Professional Evaluation costs.
Required documents
  • Copy of ID/Passport
  • Matric Certified Documents
  • Certified Tertiary Certificate/Qualifications
  • Certified Academic Record
  • Detailed CV
  • Employer reference letters
  • SAQA letter (if foreign qualification)
Study Material

The Project Achiever course is in preparation for the Professional Evaluation exam. Study material is available separately should you not wish to apply for the programme. Material can be purchased on the Mysaipa website.