Saica revs up compliance declaration for CAs and associates

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica) has revised its annual persevering with skilled growth (CPD) compliance declaration, which have to be accomplished by all chartered accountants and associates who’re members of Saica, with impact from January 1 final 12 months. The ultimate deadline for submission is January 31, 2021.

“Members/associates who don’t adjust to this deadline can be reported to Saica’s Authorized and Self-discipline Division,” in accordance with Saica.

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The institute launched CPD necessities quite a few years in the past. Members initially had the selection of finishing an easy-as-pie declaration that that they had fulfilled the CPD necessities, or they may choose to declare the programs they accomplished as they occurred, and retain the proof.

This new submission is extra onerous, and can take far longer than Saica’s estimated 5 minutes – and members who haven’t saved their contact particulars updated won’t have acquired any emails from Saica containing a hyperlink to the annual declaration.

The target of the brand new CPD coverage is to “shield the general public curiosity by guaranteeing there’s a framework inside which the members decide to ongoing studying and growth all through their careers, demonstrating the competence required in relation to the particular roles an accountant performs.”


CPD pathways to compliance

The brand new CPD coverage may be discovered here.

Members also needs to acquaint themselves with the 202-page Code of Skilled Conduct of Saica (revised 2018), which may be discovered here.

When finishing the compliance declaration, the member must affirm that this doc has been learn.

No exemptions for the professionally energetic

There aren’t any exemptions underneath the brand new CPD coverage. In case you are ‘professionally energetic’, knuckle down and full your declaration.

The definition of ‘professionally energetic’ is extraordinarily vast, and contains serving as a director on any board (not outlined), or being in any advisory position.

A stay-at-home mom who expects to return to work in a number of years can even need to submit an annual declaration.

These chartered accountants who’re comfortably retired, however doing the odd accounting job, even when it’s merely finishing their aged mother and father’ tax return, can not escape both.

The minimal CPD necessities are:

  • Submit a reflective plan (template accessible here);
  • Define your areas of growth; and
  • Mirror in your progress

“Reflection is an integral a part of the CPD course of. It’s particularly vital if you wish to get the most effective outcomes out of your CPD actions,” says Saica.

“The planning part requires you to contemplate and report your present and future roles and to mirror on the developmental areas that you just think about most vital to your skilled progress and growth. As soon as these areas have been recognised, you’ll be required to finish CPD actions that fulfil your recognized studying wants.”

You might draft your individual reflective plan, however Saica supplies some steerage as summarised right here:

  • Your plan needs to be distinctive and reflective of your growth wants, and establish particular competencies required to your position, [such as] technical competencies within the value-creation course of, self-assessment, enterprise related studying interventions, reflecting on the effectiveness of the educational interventions, assessing progress made and so forth.
  • In case you undertake a studying exercise that was not deliberate, attempt to hyperlink it again to a “particular competence space” (it actually does state this – writer).
  • A ‘studying intervention’ contains enterprise breakfasts (the writer anticipates a rise in enterprise breakfasts, Covid-19 however). “Saica not requires studying to be measured by the variety of hours you accomplished.”
  • Saica retains the suitable to establish particular areas of CPD which are obligatory, however has not but executed so. Nonetheless, your competencies ought to cowl skilled values and attitudes (together with ethics), enabling competencies, and technical competencies.
  • The reflective plan needs to be retained for 3 years. A random pattern of members/associates can be chosen yearly to submit the reflective studying plans to Saica.

Tax practitioners

Tax practitioners should go the additional mile and in addition adjust to the CPD necessities set out by the South African Income Service (Sars):

  • A tax practitioner must meet each Saica’s and Sars’s CPD necessities.
  • Sars requires a minimal of 15 tax-related CPD hours in a calendar 12 months. 9 hours have to be verifiable by Saica (or another institute), whereas six hours of tax-related CPD could also be non-verifiable.
  • Tax practitioners are required to report these hours and furnish the small print to Saica.
  • Information of the tax-related CPD hours have to be retained for 5 years.
  • Tax-related CPD actions “have to be captured and submitted in [the] type of an Excel spreadsheet, Phrase doc, PDF, Jpegs or a printout of a member’s log”.

Saica is a registered controlling physique (RCB). RCBs should undergo Sars a compliance report of their members who’re registered tax practitioners throughout the prescribed time interval.

Proof of the CPD

The one documentation you might want to retain for Saica is the reflective planning kind (you could base this on Saica’s template, or design your individual). Be certain that it’s related, and signifies the “stage of reflection recorded in your reflective plan”. This reflective plan have to be saved for 3 calendar years.

In case you require any help in finishing your CPD Reflective Plan, you could ship an e-mail to