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The SAIBA U²Pro initiative allows students to earn an accounting designation with their qualification when they graduate, meaning they go from University to Professional in one easy step.
“The problem that many accounting and business students have is that they do not have professional recognition after completing their studies, which can make it harder for them to find employment,” says Nicolaas van Wyk, CEO of SAIBA.
Many students study part-time while holding down a job in an accounting practice or accounting department. By participating in the SAIBA U²Pro programme, these students will now be able to apply for our Business Accountant (SA) designation (BA (SA)) and receive their first year’s membership fee at no cost.
Students studying in any of the following subject areas may participate in the U²Pro initiative: accounting, law, economics and business management.
SAIBA is the natural home for accountants who have experience but lack professional recognition.
Many graduates do not have any work experience after completing their degrees. This prevents them from being employed and making a contribution to the South African economy.
SAIBA manages a workplace readiness programme that provides graduates with a simulated workplace environment. Experience gained in the simulated environment are recognised as valid experience to obtain a professional designation with SAIBA.
SAIBA has provided work place readiness experience to many unemployed graduates and all have been successfully placed in employment.
SAIBA offers a graduated scale of designations, commencing with BA (SA), which recognises accountants with experience in performing various financial functions within the finance department.
Many students on work-study schedules have demonstrated an ability to perform these functions, but do not enjoy professional recognition for their experience. The BA (SA) designation provides objective proof of your competencies. Employers trust our designations.
The BA (SA) or Business Accountant (SA) designation leads to a more prosperous and fulfilling career as an accountant. Research has shown that accountants with professional designations receive higher pay than those without, and also enjoy a more rapid career ascent.
Click here to read more about our designations and how they align to job functions.
Other designations offered by SAIBA include:
There is a pathway to better and higher professional recognition within the accounting profession, and our aim is to make it possible for students of higher educational institutions to apply for and secure a designation at an early stage on their career.
Graduates that have obtained a diploma or degree at NQF level 6 or 7 at an accredited institute of higher learning qualify for a complimentary BA(SA) designation if they have obtained one of the following:
Any queries can be send to membership@SAIBA.org.za.
SAIBA is proud to launch the U²Pro initiative for universities.
The following Akademia Academic Qualifications currently qualify under U²Pro:
|AKADEMIA ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION||SAIBA MEMBERSHIP AND DESIGNATION|
|BCom Business Management (NQF 7)||Membership + BA (SA) Designation|
|BCom (Economics and Law) (NQF 7)||Membership + BA (SA) Designation|
|BCom Financial Planning (NQF 7)||Membership + BA (SA) Designation|
|Higher Certificate in Accounting (NQF 5)||Membership + BA (SA) Designation|
|BCom (Financial and Management Accounting) (NQF 7)||Membership + BAP (SA) Designation|
|BCom Management Accounting (NQF 7)||Membership + BAP (SA) Designation|
|Postgraduate Diploma in Tax (NQF 8)||Membership + CBA (SA) Designation|
|Postgraduate diploma in Management Accounting (NQF 8)||Membership + CBA (SA) Designation|
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