Become a Professional Accountant (SA)

Project Achiever Applications are Now Open

Apply by 21 February 2021

Advance your career and become a Professional Accountant (SA)

What is the Project Achiever Programme?

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

SAIPA has assisted numerous individuals to earn their Professional Accountant (SA) designation, and we can do the same for you!

Did you know? Candidates who have attended the Project Achiever Programme outperform those who attempt to pass the PE Examination without preparation!

Who should apply?


Complete the application form

  • Select individual application and then select Project Achiever


Upload the following CERTIFIED documents

  • Copy of ID/Passport
  • Matric Certificate
  • Tertiary Certificate/Qualifications
  • Academic Record
  • Detailed CV
  • Employer reference letters (on Company letterhead)
  • SAQA letter (if foreign qualification)
  • Proof of payment


Once you have applied and paid the fees, we will notify you by 25 February 2021 if your application was successful.


We will then send you details on how to log in to the first class on 26 February 2021.

Entry Requirements

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


A completed BCom degree or equivalent tertiary qualification (please look at the 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 Examination and were not successful, or


Candidates whose SAIPA learnership is coming to an end on or before 31 July 2021 (with a completed logbook).


Candidates with six years’ relevant, verifiable experience verified by current and previous employers who qualifies for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


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


Please note that fees are not refundable in the event of cancellations.
The Project Achiever Programme for 2021 is not a funded programme and candidates will need to pay these fees individually.
Cost of the Project Achiever Programme which includes the following:
  • Competency-based training across all required core subjects
  • Access to online study material
  • Continuous assessment and support throughout the programme
Project Achiever Programme fee: R3680 (incl. VAT)
Cost to write the SAIPA Professional Evaluation Assessment

SAIPA Trainee – R1 230.00 (incl. VAT)
Non-SAIPA applicant – R 2 393.24 (incl. VAT)
(Non-SAIPA applicants must also pay a once-off administration fee of R1194.26 incl. VAT)

If you are not able to make the full payment now, you can make use of our convenient payment plan:
  • Pay 50 % of the fees by 21 February 2021 (upon application) to commence with the Programme.
  • Pay the balance due by 30 May 2021.

How does the Programme work?

The Programme will be facilitated ONLINE with INTERACTIVE VIRTUAL CLASSES


Classes start from 27 February 2021 to 3 July 2021


Classes will take place every Saturday from 08h30 – 16h00 – ONLINE on the ZOOM platform


The programme will integrate your knowledge with practical skills.


We will assist and prepare you to write the SAIPA competency-based Professional Evaluation Examination, which if when declared competent – will be awarded the NQF level 8 qualification and the designation of Professional Accountant (SA).

The PE exam will take place on 10 July 2021.

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 you need to join this Programme?

A reliable Laptop or Tablet

A stable internet connection (with your own data)

A webcam when you write the PE Examination on 10 July 2021

Payment Methods

Once you have successfully applied to join the Project Achiever Programme, you can pay using one of our convenient payment methods below:

Credit Card

Easily pay for the programme with your Mastercard or Visa Credit Card using our secure online payment portal.

EFT / Direct Deposit

You can also pay via EFT or even a direct bank deposit. Whatever is easiest for you to take a leap into your future of possibilities.

Scan and Pay with Zapper

use the QR code on your invoice to scan and pay

SAIPA Banking Details

Account name: South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA)

Bank: First National Bank

Branch number: 256205

Account number: 62094572487

Reference: Your SAIPA generated 5-digit number

Payment Plan

If you aren’t able to make the full payment now, you can make use of our convenient payment plan below.

Pay 50 % of the fees by 14 February 2021 (upon application) to commence with the Programme.

Pay the balance due by 30 May 2021.

Benefits of joining the Project Achiever Programme


Safe, socially distanced Interactive Online classes.


Receive tools, resources and support to prepare for the exams with confidence.


Interact with experienced and trusted specialists in the accountancy industry.


Receive personalised feedback and guidance from facilitators after every module.

Contact Us

If you need any further information, please email


Our Project Achievers remind us that with the right attitude and a willingness to persevere, anything is possible. They make us proud to be a part of the Accounting Profession supporting Accountants in being Creators, Enablers and Protectors of Value. Here’s to the Achievers and their unrelenting determination. #Day22ofLockdown #FridayInspiration #StaySafeSAIPA #SAIPAProud

Posted by SAIPA - South African Institute of Professional Accountants on Friday, April 17, 2020