Accounting Technician (SA)



An Accounting Technician (SA) performs support functions to the Professional Accountant (SA), including the following:

  • Perform various accounting functions
  • Prepare Working Papers
  • Prepare Working Papers for Tax Returns
  • Prepare Financial Reports but can’t sign off financial statements


Standard: To qualify as an Accounting Technician (SA), an individual needs to comply with all the academic, practical and assessment requirements specified below.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL): Individuals who have acquired sufficient technical knowledge and practical competencies can qualify through a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. The RPL process considers work experience and skills gained before, during or after academic studies, and both formal and informal learning is measured, mediated for recognition, and certified against the SAIPA Competency Framework.

Academic Requirements

A completed National Diploma in Accounting or the following completed modules registered for degree or non-degree purposes:

  • Financial Accounting 2
  • Taxation 1
  • Auditing 1 or Internal Auditing 2 or Internal Control & Code of Ethics
  • Corporate Law 1 or Commercial Law 2
  • Management Accounting 1

Practical requirements

  • Complete a three-year learnership at a SAIPA ATC, or
  • provide employers letters of reference as evidence of three years of accounting-related work experience


Successful completion of a structured summative oral assessment is required.

Unique benefits

Entry to the SAIPA development pathway. The level of experience and competence may provide mobility and articulation opportunities for members across SAIPA designations.

Registration/Recognition status

Trade marked


Additional optional specialisations available

An Accounting Technician (SA) can also apply for the following:

  • Professional Tax Technician (SA)
  • Professional Tax Practitioner (SA)
  • Business Advisory designations (subject to meeting the CoBA requirements)