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Terms and Conditions


  1. The South Africa Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) respects your privacy and your personal information. SAIPA will ensure that your personal information for its intended purpose and we will take all reasonable steps to protect your confidential information.
    1. Personal information is information relating to an identifiable, living, natural person, and where it applicable, an identifiable, existing juristic person.
    2. Whenever you use this website, contact our offices, or use one of the services or facilities offered in terms of our PLP benefits, SAIPA will collect any information necessary to update your profile with us including information provided by you in your application form.
    3. SAIPA may also obtain information about you from third parties e.g. SARS, affiliates and business partners.
    4. SAIPA may combine all the information that we have gathered from various sources to compile a profile of you in order to adequately service your needs. This may include PLP promotions, service update, events and CPD’s.
    5. SAIPA will engage with you on social media platforms, telephone or post.
    6. SAIPA will only share your personal information with business partners who ascribe to the same strict privacy policies as contained herein. Should you request that you information be withheld from specific business partners you may contact SAIPA to opt out.
    7. SAIPA is committed to upholding the law and we will only release your personal information if we are required by law to do so or per court order. We will disclose your information should SAIPA believe that it is necessary to prevent or lessen any unlawful or harmful actions and to protect and defend legitimate business interests, rights or property of SAIPA.
    8. SAIPA will always ask for your permission before it uses your personal information for any purpose not disclosed above.
    9. Upon your request SAIPA will provide you with its records of the personal information you gave us at registration. For security reasons, this information will only be sent to the latest e-mail address as provided by yourself and recorded in our database.
  2. According to SAIPA’s Bylaws
    1. Section 3.1 – “Every person in every category of membership shall, when required to do so, provide the Secretariat with written notice of the information required for inclusion in the register in terms of By-law 2.1 above and shall notify the Institute of any change in such information as soon as reasonably practical and in any event within 60 days of the occurrence of such change. The postal and electronic addresses provided under the requirements of this clause shall be deemed to be the registered addresses of the provider and such postal address shall be the domicilium citandi et executandi of the person concerned.“
  1. COTE
    1. Applicant warrants that the information contained in this application is true and correct , and that original documents may be requested by SAIPA should a need arise, and further warrants that it is intended for the use of SAIPA and may contain information that is confidentially privileged.
    2. SAIPA is not responsible for, and expressly disclaims all liability for, damages of any kind arising out of use, reference to, or reliance on any information contained within the application site.
    3. SAIPA will not be liable for any unauthorized use of, or reliance on, the attached file or any other attachment.
    4. This communication is subject to and incorporates our standard terms of engagement. The disclaimer is deemed to form part of this message in terms of Section 11 of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002.
    5. If you cannot access the disclaimer, please obtain a copy thereof from us by sending an email to: The applicant hereby accepts that the application fee is non refundable
    1. Conditions of allocating SAIPA practice numbers:
    2. Every member of the practice shall be a practising member of the South African Institution of Professional Accountants (SAIPA).
    3. Failure by any member to pay membership fees to SAIPA will result in cancellation of the practice number. Reinstatement will be possible upon compliance with reinstatement procedures.
    4. Every letterhead bearing the name of the practice shall reflect the present first names, or initials, and surnames of all the members of the practice.
    5. The practice shall:
    6. notify SAIPA and every person for whom the practice acts as accounting officer of any change in the name, composition or address of such practice not later than 21 days after such change takes place; and furnish the following information within 21 days after receiving a request therefore from any person for whom the practice acts as accounting officer or who proposes to appoint the practice as accounting officer, namely-
    7. • the practice name;
    8. • the place of business of the practice;
    9. • the full names of all the members of the practice;
    10. • the nationalities, first names or initials and surnames of all members of the practice.
    11. SAIPA with a list of its employees within 21 days after receiving a request therefore form SAIPA.
    12. The practice shall pay a fee on registration and thereafter an annual membership fee as determined from time to time.
    13. In the event of Disciplinary Action having to be taken against a member, action will be taken against the individual member who carried out the alleged misconduct. If it cannot be ascertained which member specifically acted against the code of conduct, then action is to be taken against the senior member; failing which, all the members jointly and severally.
    1. Applications will only be processed on full receipt of the required documentation uploaded or mailed to SAIPA which are:
    2. Certified Copy of Identity Document
    3. Certified Copy of Degree and Academic Record from University, stating subjects passed (only official record accepted – not those downloaded from the Internet)
    4. Proof of completion of SAIPA Learnership (if applicable) or
    5. Proof of completion of other Professional Body Learnership (only those recognised by SAIPA will be considered) or
    6. Proof of 6 year’s verifiable experience, to be set out on your company’s letterhead
    7. SAIPA reserves the right to require hard copies of any electronically uploaded documents and to reject application should the applicant not have met the minimum requirements of SAIPA membership, as stipulated from time to time.
    8. The RPL Committee reserves the right to request the applicant to complete the Professional Evaluation process should it be deemed necessary.
      1. Applications will only be processed on full receipt of the required documentation as stipulated in this application form.
      2. A non-refundable administration fee must be paid.
      3. Email applications will be accepted provided that the original application and certified copies of attachments as listed above are posted to the Institute.
      4. SAIPA reserves the right to refuse application should the applicant not have met the minimum requirements.
      5. Cancellation within 2 weeks of the examination will result in the full Professional Evaluation fee being forfeited.
      1. The Professional Evaluation is a 4 hour closed book examination – no books or material will be permitted in the examination venue.
      2. Candidate is to provide their own stationery, including, but not limited to:
        • Black Pen
        • Pencil with Sharpener
        • Eraser
        • Calculator
        • Ruler
      1. Candidates found to be dishonest in the writing of their Professional Evaluation will immediately be asked to hand over the exam paper, as well as any evidence of their dishonest conduct.
      2. The candidate and any witnesses will be asked to sign a report compiled by the invigilator, which will be submitted to the SAIPA head office, for consideration and further action, and the candidate runs the risk of being barred from the Institute should the investigation prove that the candidate was guilty of misconduct by the Investigations Commitee.
      1. The outcome of the examination will be released to candidates individually and in writing, no later than 8 weeks following the writing of the exam.
      2. Successful candidates will be listed on the SAIPA Website.
      3. The candidate has a right to appeal against the assessment of the Professional Evaluation. Kindly refer to the Appeals Application form for further detail on the process.
      4. SAIPA does not permit the viewing of candidate scripts once the script has been handed in.

Professional Evaluation in order for me to qualify as a full member of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA).