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If you apply for a designation, you may also be eligible to apply for exemptions from one or more of our qualification or experience requirements. Successful exemption will provide you with credits towards your initial application and membership fee.

Professional qualifications/designations

For professional qualifications/designations, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) exemptions and credits are normally dependent upon membership and/or completion of specified papers. SAIBA may from time to time vary its RPL exemptions and credits for persons registering with prior professional qualifications or designations.

The following professional qualifications/designations are currently eligible for exemptions and fee credits:

  • Full members of professional bodies that are members of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) e.g. the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK), the Botswana Institute of Accountants (BIA) and the Zambian Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA)
  • Professional Accountant (SA)
  • Chartered Accountant (SA)
  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

The following table illustrates the exemptions and credits that currently apply

Designation Exemption from RPL assessment SAIBA designation fee credits
Professional Accountant (SA) Full 50%
Chartered Accountant (SA) Full 50%
ACCA Full 50%
ICAN, ICPAK, BIA, ZICA etc Full 50%

To apply for exemptions and credits, please complete the Recognition of Prior Learning and Fee Credit – Professional Qualification Application Form.

If your professional qualification/designation is not listed, please contact us and apply for special recognition or get your professional body to contact us so that we may discuss possible exemptions.

Complete your application

Once you have completed the Recognition of Prior Learning and Fee Credit – Professional Qualification Application Form, you will need to send evidence of:

  • Your professional qualifications/designation
  • Copy of your ID

Once you have been granted exemption, fee credits, and settled your amount due, you will receive your membership certificate.

Good quality copies or scanned versions may be used, but SAIBA reserves the right to ask for additional verification/alternative documents. Please note we do not accept screenshots of web notification pages or similar electronic notifications.

Please allow up to five days for your application to be processed.

To apply for exemptions and credits, please complete the Recognition of Prior Learning and Fee Credit – Professional Qualification Application Form.

If your professional qualification/designation is not listed, please contact us and apply for special recognition or get your professional body to contact us so that we may discuss possible exemptions.

The South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) members

In addition to the exemptions and fee credit listed above, SAIPA members obtain the following credit:

  • Full fee credits towards membership of the tax controlling body, The South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT).

Complete your application

Once you have completed the Recognition of Prior Learning and Fee Credit – Professional Qualification Application Form, you will need to send evidence of:

  • Your professional qualifications/designation
  • Copy of your ID

Once you have been granted full exemption and full fee credits you will receive your new membership certificate and member pack. Your membership fee for the current year will also reflect a R0 balance.

Good quality copies or scanned versions may be used, but SAIBA reserves the right to ask for additional verification/alternative documents. Please note we do not accept screenshots of web notification pages or similar electronic notifications.

Please allow up to five days for your application to be processed.