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THE APT APC PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

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 APC 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 not simply a Board Course. The primary objective is to develop the professional competence of candidates to a level appropriate for new entrants to the Chartered Accountancy profession. A secondary but very important objective is to prepare candidates to PASS the SAICA APC.

Our Programme does not serve as a barrier to entry to the profession. In fact, 99% of our 2015 candidates passed the Programme.


READ THE FULL OVERVIEW BELOW




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 candidates to develop their professional competence and in this regard complements the training programme.

Programme Outline




Classes 1-5

(Videos 1-5)



Detailed guidance through a case study. Assessment 1: New APC standard 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

Video 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


Class 9-10

(Video 9-10)



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

Our 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
  • Assessments
  • 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


Programme Principles

Simulate ‘real life’.

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

Experience builds professional competence.

We provide opportunity from the outset for candidates to gain experience ‘by doing’. In the early part of the programme extensive guidance is provided. Guidance is reduced as candidates gain experience – just as in ‘real life’.

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.

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 and social context in which the entity operates. The focus of our programme is 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 candidates are able to use this ability in any setting (the APC is likely to be in an unexpected industry!)

Programme Formats

Blended Learning


Contact classes & online learning (strongly recommended)

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.


Blended Learning – Contact Sessions are available in the following centres:


  • Bloemfontein
  • Cape Town
  • Durban
  • East London
  • Johannesburg
  • Harare
  • Midrand
  • Pietermaritzburg
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Pretoria
  • Windhoek

Online Learning


Online learning with videos of the contact classes (for candidates who cannot attend classes)

Our Online Programme allows candidates greater flexibility to studying in their 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

  • Workshops available in George and Polokwane.
  • Both course options incorporate a tracking system that enables students to monitor their own programme progress and competency development.
  • Students can partake in the course in their own time from just about anywhere.



Programme Pricing

Paying Full Settlement - Prices excluding VAT
(Payment due by 31 March 2017)


Individuals
(1 candidate)

R10 850

Major Firms / Block Bookings
(5 or more candidates)

R8 680



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 premium of R 1 000 is charged to candidates outside of the SADC region.



PAYING VIA INSTALMENTS (ALL Prices include VAT)

Deposit Due
31 Mar 2017

1st Instalment
30 April 2017

2nd Instalment
31 May 2017

3rd Instalment
30 June 2017

4th Instalment
31 July 2017

5th Instalment
31 Aug 2017


Individuals
(1 candidate)

Deposit:
R3 053

+

5 Equal Instalments of
R2 000


TOTAL
R13 053

Major Firms / Block Booking
(5 or more candidates)

Deposit:
R3 442

+

5 Equal Instalments of
R1 400


TOTAL
R10 442


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 premium of R1 000 is charged to candidates outside of the SADC region.


How do I get a 20% discount on my fees?


If five or more candidates from the SAME firm enrol, these candidates will qualify for a 20% ‘block booking’ discount.

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.

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/Course Area
e.g. S.Sample/CT-101/CT

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

The Format Of The SAICA APC

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:

  1. 1. Receive the Assessment scenario as pre-released information five days prior to the Assessment.
  2. 2. Research additional information during this five day period, based on triggers embedded in the pre-released scenario. Receive additional scenario information together with tasks
  3. 3. On the day of the Assessment. Have a whole working day to complete their responses
  4. 4. Although the intention is that the Assessment remains a 5 hour Assessment. Be assessed according to competence demonstrated in their responses
  5. 5. As opposed to receiving marks for specific points. This Assessment is fundamentally different to the Assessments to which candidates have previously been exposed in that it simulates the working experiences of a CA in real life, testing professional skills.

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. Our CPD programme is open to any accounting professional at no cost.

Professional Profile Management (PPM)

The Professional Profile Management or PPM module is available online to all APT candidates. The programme was developed by experts in the field and is intended to provide guidance on the management of your professional profile. Included in the programme are topics such as:

  • • Planning your future career.
  • • Management of social media.
  • • Preparing a CV.
  • • Helping you to manage your personal style and brand.

The module is not part of the Professional Programme and is provided as a service to APT candidates. We recommend that candidates work through the module after completing the APC in November 2017.