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Become a Professional Accountant (SA)

Project Achiever Applications Are Now Open

Apply by 30 June 2022

Advance your career and become a Professional Accountant (SA)

What is the Project Achiever Programme?

The Project Achiever programme assists 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!

How to apply?


Applications Open 7 April 2022. Visit SAIPA Website


Complete the application form

  • 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) – The employment reference letter should meet the below standards:
    • Be on the letterhead of the company issuing it.
    • Be signed by an HR officer or a senior official in that company.
    • Must state the name of the applicant.
    • Must state the ID number of the applicant.
    • Must state the period which the applicant has been in that company.
    • Must state the duties/responsibilities of the applicant while in that company
  • SAQA letter (if foreign qualification)


Once you have applied and paid the fees, we will notify you by 01 July 2022 if your application was successful.


We will then send you details on how to log in to the first class on 01 July 2022.

Entry Requirements

Qualifying candidates who meet 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, or


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 28 February 2023 (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 2022 is not a funded programme and candidates will need to pay these fees individually.
Project Achiever Fees Excludes PE Exam Fees (Inc. VAT)
  • Project achiever Fee – R 4,243.50
  • Administration Fee (non-refundable) – R1,224.12 (not applicable to SAIPA trainees)
  • Professional Evaluation Assessment fee – R1,260.75 (Invoiced and payable later)
  • Applicants are encouraged to pay the Project achiever Fee in instalments until 30 June 2022.

*Please note that fees are not refundable in the event of cancellations.

How does the Programme work?

The Programme will be facilitated ONLINE with INTERACTIVE VIRTUAL CLASSES


Classes start from 02 July 2022 to 29 October 2022


Classes will take place every Saturday from 08h30 – 16h00 – ONLINE Via ZOOM.


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 – can qualify you for Professional Accountant (SA) designation.

The PE Exam will take place on the 5 November 2022.

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 5 November 2022

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

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

Project Achiever FAQs

The February 2021 intake of Project Achiever candidates will not be funded We realise this is a major disappointment to those who cannot afford the programme fees and apologise for circumstances beyond our control. To help you understand why, click on the button below: