Chartered Accountant

Job Description:

Chartered accountants are highly qualified professionals who analyse the financial positions of businesses. They need to have a good understanding of numbers as well as having the potential to thrive in the business world. There is a wide scope of career opportunities if you choose to follow the CA path. As long as there is money to be managed and a need for leaders in the corporate world, chartered accountants will stay around. From forensic auditing to taxation, chartered accountants play a vital role in almost all spheres of the business world and are highly esteemed partners of all large corporations.

Year salary:

R10 000- R22 000 pa during training

R146,160 – R829,096 pa once qualified


Chartered accountants can delve into many fields once qualified. There is the option of working for an accounting firm as an auditor, forensic auditor, taxation manager, financial adviser or work with businesses to assist in financial planning and analysis. One can also work for government departments or head up the financial division of a large business as a financial director. There is a large percentage of CEO’s and managing directors of large corporations who are qualified chartered accountants. The solid financial grounding also allows many chartered accountants to become successful entrepreneurs.

Job security and demand:

Chartered accountants do not have to look far and wide to find employment. They are highly qualified, trained professionals who are in demand in the business world. Because having an astute understanding of finances puts one at an advantage in business, CA’s are welcomed into most firms. There are a number of accounting firms, ranging from small-scale private businesses to multi-national accounting firms who are constantly on the lookout to hire determined, motivated CA’s.

Working hours and environment:

As a standard, the working hours in most firms are 08:00- 17:00 with occasional overtime hours being required. Trainees can expect more overtime to complete special assignments and to fulfill their study commitments. The environment one can expect is a clean-cut, hardworking, professional office. As CA’s deal predominantly with their clients finances, it is pivotal to meet all deadlines and work in a fast, effective manner, giving the client no reason to doubt the firm’s abilities at any time.

How long does it take to qualify?

Depending on the degree course you choose, it will take you 4-5 years to complete your degree at university. Once you have completed your degree, you will need to do 3 years internship training (articles) with an accredited accounting firm. During this time, you will also need to register with SAICA (South African Institute of Chartered Accountants) and pass 2 board exams before you can be fully registered as a qualified CA.

Where can I study?

University of Pretoria, University of Stellenbosch, University of Cape Town, University of South Africa (UNISA), Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, University of Witswaterstrand, University of the Freestate, North West University, Walter Sisulu University, Rhodes University, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, University of Johannesburg, University of Zulu-land, Varsity College and the University of Venda

Funding Your Studies

The sad reality is that you have to pay for tertiary education and it is very expensive 🙁 Luckily there are many options out there, read our article “Funding Your Studies”  to find out all the info regarding bursaries, student loans and government grants.


Many accounting firms offer bursaries to students wanting to study to become Chartered Accountants. Listed below are 3 firms which offer bursaries.

Follow the links below for details:







23 thoughts on “Chartered Accountant”

  1. Hi I’m in grade 9 n next year I will be doing commerce because I want to be a ca but I’m worried about my family’s financial problems, so i will need a scholar/bursary to study further but I also don’t know which time should I start apply for it.I’m good in ems n have the love for accounting.plz help

    1. Hi Tsholofelo! You should start looking at bursaries in grade 10 and apply in grade 11 and 12. It will depend on where you study because you can get bursaries through private companies but also the university you study from. Just keep your marks up especially maths and accounting! Good luck!

  2. Hi I want to find out if I can do my articles while I study for my degree or only afterwards as I already have a diploma in Technical Financial Accountant

  3. Hi I am in grade 9 and I don’t know what to follow between being an architect or chartered accountant. Can you please help me decide what to choose.

    1. Hi Pauline! Being a architect and a chartered accountant are 2 very different things! I would think about the 2 lots and google it! If you can go shadow a architect and accountant for a day if you can! I would keep my options open with subject choices.. thus take maths, accounting and physical science. Then you can still decide in grade 11 or matric.

  4. hi can you guys please tell me more about being a CA because i am in grade 9 and my school i am only allowed to choose between accounting and history and i am interested in both subjects ……..why should i choose accounting???

    1. Hi Nicolas! There are many great universities to study toward becoming a CA. We would recommend the University of Pretoria, University of Stellenboch, University of Bloemfontein or University of Cape town.

  5. Good Day

    My name is Leandre Candice Daries, I am 14 years of age and in grade nine and want to know which subjects to choose next year to become a chartered accountant.

    1. Hi Leandre
      You have to take Mathematics. We would also recommend taking accounting. Other good business subjects to take is Business studies and economics.
      BUT the only subject you NEED to be able to apply is Mathematics but any other business subjects would count in your favor.
      You can look at this TUKS brochure if you have any more uncertainties.

  6. I am a third year student doing Cost and Management Accounting and I would like to become a CA(SA),how do I go about doing that?

    1. Hi Bontle. It depends on the University. Go see your head of department. They will be able to help you with your path. Good Luck!!

    1. Simbarashe
      You have to take Mathematics. We would also recommend taking accounting. Other good business subjects to take is Business studies and economics.
      BUT the only subject you NEED to be able to apply is Mathematics but any other business subjects would count in your favor.
      You can look at this TUKS brochure if you have any more uncertainties.

    1. Hi Charity! As long as you have Maths and you are doing well, you can still apply to study towards being a CA.
      We would recommend starting to do the basics of accounting before studying, this just makes it easier for you to adapt in first year.

      1. hi am sinelizwi
        I just want to know when I have level 2 on accounting,level 3 in mathematics can I become a chartered accountant?

Leave a Reply