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Professional development update
T   he professional development unit at
    SAICA is responsible for “delivering
competent entry level members” to the
                                                     • it is based on competencies the market
                                                       sees as relevant and necessary for
                                                       entry level CAs(SA); and
                                                                                                         • revision of the Part I exam (assessment
                                                                                                           of technical competence) – this will
                                                                                                           focus on the way the assessment is
profession. As is the case with most of the          • it defines a CA as “A CA(SA) is                     carried out;
world around us, we have undergone many                a leader with a very specific                     • a revised Part II exam (assessment
changes over the past 12 to 18 months. These           background in professional
                                                                                                           of professional competence) – this is
changes can be summarised as follows:                                 .
                                                       accountancy” This aligns with SAICA’s
                                                                                                           envisaged to be a multi-disciplinary
                                                       vision of “developing leaders”
                                                                                                           case study; and
• Reflection of the Qualification Process                                                                • a review of ways in which to improve
  for CAs(SA): SAICA’s Board, and               • Reconsideration of the framework of
                                                  education, training and assessment                       throughputs on Distance Learning
  through its various subcommittees,
                                                  [Qualification process] that enables                     programmes.
  has a policy of ongoing reflection on
  policies and practices that guide the           acquisition of competencies:
                                                  In undertaking the review of the                     • 2010 Training Programme: Concurrently
  qualification process of CAs(SA). This
                                                  qualification model, it was imperative                 with the review of the qualification
  process of reflection and evaluation
                                                  that the premises that guide the model                 process, a separate project was
  has resulted in significant amendments
                                                  be identified and evaluated. Factors                   undertaken to review the training
  to the qualification model [education,
                                                  that influence the model needed to                     programme. The result was the launch
  training and assessment], particularly          be considered independently of any
  in the past 15 years. SAICA’s policy of                                                                of the 2010 Training Programme in 2009,
                                                  speculation as to the detail of any
  sustained reflection on its qualification       amendment to the current model and,                    which ultimately gives effect to the
  model requires not only that there be           indeed, independently of any evaluation                adoption of the competency framework
  ongoing focus on aspects of the model           of the current structure of the model. This            within the training programme.
  but also that, from time to time, the           has resulted in the development of a set
  model be reconsidered in its entirety. This     of Foundational Premises on which the                • Guidance to academic programmes on
  is important not only in order to assess        Qualification process should be based.                 the implementation of the competency
  whether it is meeting its objectives, but                                                              framework: At the same time, a group of
  also to ensure that it remains relevant to         The second phase of the project was                 academics was tasked with developing
  a business
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