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, ICAN, and ICAZ Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) in December.


What is the APC Exam?

The APC is the second of SAICA, ICAN and ICAZ’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).

What does APC stand for?

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.

Whilst aspects of professional competence are developed in the university programmes and in training programmes, our Programme focusses fully on developing your competence to the level required of a CA.

How does the APC work?

The APC assesses professional competence to the full extent possible in a written examination and has been very carefully designed to do so.

What are the requirements to write the APC?
  • Pass the ITC exam
  • Complete 20 months of a 36-month training contract by the end of November 2021
  • Pass a SAICA accredited APC Programme

Our APC Programme

Our Professional Programme specifically addresses your requirements and offers you a top-class opportunity to develop your professional competence and the best possible chance of passing the APC.

The Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) is the second of SAICA, ICAN and ICAZ’s two Qualifying Examinations. The APC is currently written in December of each year and is the final Examination required for Candidates to qualify as a CA.

To be able to write the APC Examination, you are required to have completed 20 months of traineeship, pass the ITC and complete and pass a Professional Programme accredited by SAICA/ICAN/ICAZ.

Our APC Programme meets the SAICA, ICAN and ICAZ Requirements at Level 1 (“Accredited without conditions”). Passing our Programme is a prerequisite to write the APC exam.

APT is Southern Africa’s leading presenter of preparation courses for the SAICA, ICAN and ICAZ APC Examinations, having prepared most candidates since inception.

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

  • Our Programme incorporates four formal Assessments. The first two (Assessment 1 and Supp) are principally formative (Developmental, although Candidates need to achieve a minimum grade) and the final two (Assessment 2 and Supp) summative (The final Assessments that Candidates need to Pass in order to Pass the Programme). Each of these Assessments simulates a “real” APC Assessment.
  • Candidates who pass the first formative assessment are exempted from the second, although they are encouraged to write the second for additional practice. Similarly, Candidates who pass the first summative assessment are exempted from the second.

The primary objective of our Programme 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 of our Programme is to prepare you for the APC. Our Programme does not serve as a barrier to entry to the profession.

Professional competence is developed through a series of 7 Case Study simulations of real-life assignments and tasks. You develop your professional competence through practice by working through these Case Studies. Each of our Case Studies is a simulation of a “real” APC Assessment.


Online Programme - We are a Fully Online Programme supplemented by Blended Learning.

Through Blended Learning, we support our Online classes with physical, face-to-face contact sessions related to critical classes. These are held in all major centres. As the acquisition of professional competence is so fundamentally different from the skills most candidates have already developed in their academic programmes, we believe that candidates benefit significantly from the Blended Learning Programme’s direct interaction with presenters.

Our online classes are also supported by interactive live Zoom Question and Answer Sessions after each class and further support is provided by additional interactive Zoom sessions, including Candidate Information Sessions, Guided Self-Assessment Sessions and Small Group Consultations. Recordings are made available for candidates who are unable to attend these live sessions.

Mentorship is provided on an appointment basis.

We are innovators who constantly leverage technology. Our recent innovations include:

  • Our Marking App, which provides candidates with details of Assessment Gradings
  • Artificial Intelligence Applications that enable us to run Non-Venue-Based Assessments for our Assessments.
  • Our Helpdesk App that enables us to assist candidates with Exam Software issues.

Whilst all our 2020 Assessments were Non-Venue-Based because of Lockdown, we propose to run our two summative 2021 Assessments in formal Exam Venues so that our candidates experience a realistic simulation of the actual APC.

Our Programme also offers Value Added through our CPD Module, which provides technical updates in selected topics and enables Candidates to determine their personal development needs and address those needs. Certain CPD topics are compulsory and you are required to log this CPD.


eWriting

Candidates write the APC on laptops using Exam Software prescribed by SAICA, ICAN and ICAZ (“eWriting”). In common with our competitors, we require our Candidates to use the same software. Our candidates really appreciate the extensive guidance and support that we provide to ensure they are fully prepared to eWrite by the time they write the APC.


Provisional Programme
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


The core of our Programme - all case studies used in our Programme are of APC Standard.

Module 1 – All Candidates:
  • Work through Case Study 1.
  • Receive significant guidance from the APT presenters.
  • Four Classes - 1 to 4.
  • Complete specific online assessments.
  • Complete the module with a simulated Self-Study Assessment which does not count for formal assessment.
  • Must complete this assessment and submit evidence of completion before progressing.
Module 2 – Including First formal Assessment: – All Candidates:
  • Work through Case Study 2.
  • Receive less guidance from the APT presenters.
  • One Class - Class 5 plus an eWriting workshop.
  • Complete the module with the First formal Assessment.
  • Must achieve at least “Borderline Competence” in this assessment before progressing.
Module 3 – Candidates who fail the First Assessment:
  • Are required to write the Supplementary Assessment (Case Study 3).
  • One Class - Class 6.
  • Must achieve “Borderline Competence” in the Supplementary Assessment before progressing to Module 4.
Module 3 – All candidates:
  • One Class - Class 6.
  • Are encouraged to complete Case Study 3 as a self-study project
Module 4 - Deep Understanding – All Candidates:
  • Work through Case Study 4.
  • Complete self-study work designed to hone their skills.
  • Receive further guidance from the APT presenters.
  • Two Classes - 7 and 8 plus the eWriting workshop.
Module 5 – Including Second Assessment: - All Candidates:
  • Complete the module with the
    Second formal Assessment (Case Study 5).
  • Must achieve “Competence” in this Assessment before progressing to the APC.
Module 6 – Candidates who fail the Second Assessment:
  • Are required to write the Supplementary Assessment (Case Study 6).
  • One Class - Class 9.
  • Must achieve “Competence” in the Supplementary Assessment before progressing to the APC
Module 6 – All candidates:
  • Are encouraged to complete Case Study 6, but are not required to write the Supplementary Assessment under exam conditions.
Module 7 – Board Course – Revision – All Candidates:
  • Work through Case Study 7.
  • Two Classes - 10 and 11.
  • Complete the module with a Self-Study Simulated Exam.
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 and Mentorship

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.

In order to write the APC Assessment in December,
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 full 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 Blended Learning. Recordings of all Classes and Zoom Sessions are made available to Candidates.

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 13 650


INSTALMENT PRICE

R 15 000

3 equal payments


DISCOUNTS:

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

R 10 920

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.


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 R1300 is charged to candidates outside of the SADC region (i.e. Candidates Overseas and outside the SADC).