APC PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

All the details you need to know

The APT Programme Is The Programme For Your Future

APT offers a Professional Programme which is a pre-requisite for writing the SAICA Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) in November.


What is the APC?

The APC is the second of SAICA’s two Qualifying Examinations.

The first, the ITC (Part 1), focuses on the assessment of technical competence and is a standard setting examination after candidates complete a university programme (CTA or equivalent).

The second is the APC which is SAICA’s final formal assessment before a candidate may register as a CA(SA). The APC is an assessment of professional competence and focuses on the integration of technical skills within ‘real life’ circumstances, on pervasive skills such as communication, on understanding the ‘big picture’ (the business and the environment in which the business operates) and on strategy, risk management and governance. Aspects of professional competence are developed in the university programmes and in training programmes, but our Programme focusses fully on developing your competence to the level required of a CA(SA). The APC Examination assesses professional competence to the extent possible in a written examination and has been very carefully designed to do so.

Our Programme

Our APC Programme supplements the Academic Programme which you have already completed and your Training Programme in the workplace.

In order to pass our Professional Competence Programme you are required to pass two formal APT Assessments.

Our Programme incorporates seven Case Studies of a SAICA APC standard and candidates are guided through the SAICA process. Two of the Case Studies are formal assessments, whilst the remaining five are used for initial development, revision and final preparation for the SAICA APC.

The APT Programme is designed to achieve the learning objectives set out in relevant SAICA Guidelines concerning the APC. Whilst our Programme includes a Board Course, we are much more than a Board Course. Our programme is the key to your future. Our primary objective is to develop your professional competence to a level appropriate for entry to the Chartered Accountancy profession. A secondary but very important objective is to prepare you to PASS the SAICA APC.

Our Programme does not serve as a barrier to entry to the profession. In fact, over 99% of our candidates pass our Programme and move forward to the APC.

HOW IS THE APT PROGRAMME DESIGNED?

Academic Programme

Strong focus on technical competence

The technical knowledge and skills for each of the accounting disciplines and an understanding of strategy, risk management and governance.

Training Programme + Professional Programme

Focus on professional competence

The ability to use technical competence in the ‘real world of work’. The professional programme is intended to enable you to develop professional competence, and we thereby, complement your professional training programme.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

All case studies used in our programme are of APC Standard.

Classes 1-5 (Videos 1-5):

Detailed guidance through a case study.
Assessment 1: New case study with some guidance

Class 6 (Video 6):

Guidance for supplementary assessment.
Supplementary assessment: New APC standard case study with guidance

Classes 7-8 (Videos 7-8):

Guidance through a new case study and preparation for Assessment 2.

Assessment 2: Final assessment

Supplementary assessment: Opportunity for candidates who were not successful in Assessment 2 to re-write.

Supplementary Intervention Class

We discuss the outcomes of Assessment 2, analyse the reasons for underperformance in our Final Assessment and provide guidance concerning the way forward to success in the Final APC.

Classes 9-10 (Videos 9-10):

Final preparation for the APC – this is the equivalent of a ‘Board Course’

CASE STUDIES

  • The core of our Programme
  • Simulate experience on comprehensive integrated professional assignments
  • Provide understanding of the process and the grading methodology
  • Seven Case Studies
    • Development
    • Both Formative and Summative Assessments
    • Focus on Self Assessment and Self Improvement
    • Revision
  • Candidates are required to:
    • Understand the business environment, the business sector and the business entity, whilst exploring a broad variety of industries.
    • Apply a wide range of technical knowledge in a fully integrated manner
    • Explore strategy, risk management and governance
    • Acquire the professional competence to deal with any industry rather than only knowledge of certain industries
SIMULATE ‘REAL LIFE’

We use case studies, similar to those used in the APC, throughout the programme

Experience builds professional competence. We provide the opportunity from the outset for our candidates to gain experience ‘by doing’. In the early part of the programme, extensive guidance is provided. Guidance is reduced as you gain experience and develop deep understanding – just as in ‘real life’.


Case studies

Each of our case studies simulates ‘real life’.
Our focus in the case studies includes the ability to conduct research in the context of the entity which is the subject of the case study. This research encompasses the entity, the industry and the economic, political, technological, regulatory and social context in which the entity operates. The focus of our programme is on your ability to conduct research rather than to gain knowledge of a specific industry or environment. For this reason, we do not attempt to include all possible industries in our case studies – it would be impossible to do so – rather we focus on the ability to conduct research so that you are enabled to use this ability in any setting (the APC is likely to be in an unexpected industry!)

Feedback

Candidates are provided with regular feedback – just as happens in the workplace. Assessment. Assessment is a feature throughout the programme – as it is in the workplace. Assessment is mainly formative in nature (part of the learning process) and includes formal assessments and self-assessment. We regard self-assessment as vitally important as the ability to assess your own progress and performance is very important in the world of work.

Individual support

We know that individuals learn differently and at different rates and that personal circumstances are different for everyone. Support for individuals is provided through consultation opportunities and a wide range of other interventions.

The APC Assessment in November has replaced the previous Part II examination system. In order to write the APC, candidates are required to complete an accredited Programme.

Candidates will:
  • Receive the Assessment scenario as pre-released information five days prior to the Assessment.
  • Research additional information during this five day period, based on triggers embedded in the pre-released scenario.
  • Receive additional scenario information together with tasks
On the day of the Assessment.
  • Have a whole working day to complete their responses
  • Although the intention is that the Assessment remains a 5 hour Assessment.
  • Be assessed according to competence demonstrated in their responses As opposed to receiving marks for specific points. This Assessment is fundamentally different to the Assessments to which you have previously been exposed in that it simulates the working experiences of a CA in real life, testing professional skills.
The APT Programme – designed to suit your learning style and work circumstances
Learning Styles:

We understand that individuals learn differently and have developed different learning styles.

Work demands:

We know that every candidate will experience work pressures and will have to work overtime during busy periods.

We accommodate individual learning styles and work demands
by offering a fully online Case Study based programme, supported by fully integrated classes:

Face to face classes:

We are convinced that face to face classes provide by far the best opportunity to come to grips with the new ideas and competencies that you will encounter in our programme and we strongly encourage you to attend classes wherever possible.

These create the opportunity for discussion and debate and also provide the opportunity to learn from personal interaction where individuals meet up with each other and with our facilitators.

Videos of classes:

Videos of all classes are available. Whilst videos cannot provide opportunities for interaction, they are invaluable when you cannot make a class. Candidates have also found our videos to be an excellent back-up to the face to face classes where issues require clarity.

The online nature of our programme, together with the classes, provides the flexibility that is so essential to accommodate individual learning styles and the demands of employers.

Blended Learning Programme:

Run on a national basis with contact session support in all major centres, the Blended Learning Programme makes use of specifically selected contact session based teaching methods, integrating them into online education.

Contact Sessions are available in the following centres:

  • Bloemfontein
  • Cape Town
  • Durban
  • East London
  • George (5 Workshops)
  • Johannesburg
  • Mbombela (5 Workshops)
  • Midrand
  • Pietermaritzburg
  • Polokwane (5 Workshops)
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Pretoria
  • Zimbabwe - Harare and Bulawayo
  • Namibia - Windhoek
Online Learning Programme

Our Online Programme allows greater flexibility for studying in your own time, completing work and submitting assignments within a scheduled time frame.

Online Learning Programme students can access our online facilities from any place at any time and will have the opportunity to work in groups:

  • We offer five workshops in smaller centres where candidate numbers do not justify the full series of eleven contact sessions. These are presently scheduled for George, Mbombela and Polokwane, but we would expand this to any area that has sufficient candidates.
  • Both programme options incorporate a tracking system that enables students to monitor their own programme progress and competency development.
  • Students can partake in the programme in their own time from anywhere.
Value Added

Our Programme offers Value Added in the form of our CPD Module, which provides technical updates in selected topics, which enable you to determine your personal development needs and to address those needs.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The APT CPD or Continuing Professional Development Programme is very similar to the SAICA CPD programme. All technical developments such as new standards and tax updates that were introduced after you wrote the ITC are covered in this online programme. These developments are usually incorporated into our case studies and are also discussed in class.

Fees excluding VAT per Candidate (Payable on receipt of invoice)

First Timer
Programme

R 12 500

DISCOUNTS:

20% is offered to Major Accounting Firms or Block Bookings (5 or More Candidates from the same firm).

R 10 000

Catchup
Programme

R 12 500

DISCOUNTS:

20% is offered to Major Accounting Firms or Block Bookings (5 or More Candidates from the same firm).

R 10 000

Refresher
Programme

R 2 500

No Discounts Apply

Repeat
Programme

R 5 900

No Discounts Apply


Fees payable by candidates outside of South Africa are charged at the full rate in order to cover additional distribution costs (I.e. It is not acceptable for such candidates to “discount” fees by the notional VAT amount). An additional distribution fee of R1200 is charged to candidates outside of the SADC region (i.e. Candidates Overseas and outside the SADC).


APT’s Banking Details:

Account Name: Accounting Professional Training
Bank: Standard Bank Rondebosch
Inter Bank Transfer Number: 025 009
Current Account Number: 071 464 824
SWIFT Code: SBZAZAJJ (Standard Bank does not use an IBAN Code.)

Please Reference your Payment as:
Name/Invoice Number e.g. S.Sample/APT00028

If you have not received your invoice, but want to make your payment please reference your payment as follows:
Name Surname/Programme Area e.g. Sandra Sample/CT

How do I get an invoice?
If your firm is responsible for payment we will send an invoice directly to the firm contact provided once all candidates from the firm have registered. If you are paying for yourself you will be invoiced directly. It is not necessary to contact our offices requesting invoices as they will be sent once registration has been processed.