SAIPA National Accounting Olympiad 2018

Entries for the popular 2018 National Accounting Olympiad (NAO), run by the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA), are now closed.

The aim of the SAIPA NAO is to make Accounting as a subject a preferred choice to all learners, and to promote the option of professional accountancy as a sound choice for further study, and the pathway towards a financially and personally rewarding entry into employment.

The Olympiad is open to Grade 11 and Grade 12 accounting learners taking Accounting as a school subject, and who wish to follow a BCom degree as further study.

There is no limit on the number of entries per school and a registration fee of R50 per learner applies. The entry fee may be waived for non-fee schools.  

Early career boost

An added benefit is that the NAO also provides learners with a foot in the door with future employers, which is why SAIPA invests substantially in it.

The first round exam paper of the 2018 competition is scheduled for 16 May at the learners’ respective schools. All learners who pass the first round, will qualify for the final round and be invited to participate on 1 August. The final round will determine the top provincial and national winners.

Last year’s NAO was a great success with over 6 700 pupils participating from around the country, and excelling on many levels. The competition generated provincial and national winners who were honoured at a formal Gala Awards evening in Johannesburg. We always endeavour to keep track of the winners’ progress throughout their tertiary education to ensure that our intervention is continuous and sustainable and not just a once-off event.

For more enquiries regarding 2018 entries, please email Claudette at

For more information on the Olympiad, please email Juliette at


2017 winners

2017 National Winners

2017 Provincial Winners

Past papers
Study guides