APC FAQ's

Frequently asked questions about the APC Programme and the SAICA APC Exam

Questions pertaining to the SAICA APC Exam

How many SAICA Board Exams are there?

There are two SAICA board exams.


WHAT IS THE APC EXAM?

The APC is the second of SAICA, ICAN and ICAZ’s two Qualifying Examinations. 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.


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.


What is ITC exam?

The ITC is the first of the SAICA, ICAN and ICAZ’s exams. It focuses on the assessment of technical competence and is a standard setting examination after candidates complete a university programme (CTA or equivalent).


WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE APC EXAM?

Candidates:

  • Must have 20 month’s traineeship by prior to writing the APC (i.e. second year traineeship)
  • Must have passed the ITC
  • A valid Professional Programme Certificate

How does the APC work?

You are required to carry out specific simulated tasks typical of those performed by an entry level Chartered Accountant.

The APC requires you to analyse Case Study information prior to the Assessment. You would then identify specific issues apparent from the Case Study and prepare for those issues. In the ITC, you could bring only your handbooks.

For the APC you may bring your handbooks, but you may also summarise your preparation material and bring this material to the Assessment as long as it fits into a single standard Lever Arch file. Except for an 8cm paper thickness limit. There are no restrictions on what you may include in your file.

You receive Pre-Released Information (The initial Scenario) five days before the APC and thus get the opportunity to identify issues and prepare for them. You can work in teams with other candidates during this period. The APC is lateral and multi-disciplinary. In preparing for an issue, you would have to consider all competencies and all aspects that might be considered by a Chartered Accountant.

In the APC, you will have to analyse the requirement on the day and consider the context and to whom you are responding. You will then prepare a response (not a solution) that is appropriate in the context and for the specific audience.


How do you pass APC?

Proper preparation before the examination is critical and this is not “swotting”. It is analysis and research in the context of a specific scenario and then very specific preparation on an identified set of issues (issues resulting from the ‘triggers’ in the pre-release information).

Developing the professional skill of preparing an appropriate response is critical. This involves professional scepticism, an understanding of the technical issues and an understanding of context and audience.

Development of these skills requires you to gain experience and have regular communication with your peers and with course presenters. It is vitally important that you understand that these competencies must be developed in an environment which provides for healthy debate and different views. The APT Professional Development Programme provides these opportunities through a wide variety of activities including face-to-face classes, videos, online chatrooms, individual consultations and many more.


HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET SAICA/ICAN/ICAZ APC RESULTS?

Results are usually released 2-3 months after the exam is written.


WHAT HAPPENS IF I FAIL APC?

Don’t be discouraged and enrol in our Repeat Programme.

Questions pertaining to the APT APC Programme

WHEN DOES THE APT APC PROGRAMME START?

The APT APC Programme will run nationally from March 2024 until early December 2024.


HOW LONG IS THE APT CERTIFICATE VALID?

3 years


WHAT IS THE COURSE STRUCTURE?

Our Programme incorporates a series of seven case studies.

  • These form the core of our programme and are initially used as tools for student development under our presenters’ guidance.
  • As the Programme progresses, two of our case studies are used as assessments, whilst further case studies are used for upskilling, revision, and final preparation.

Candidate development through the case studies is undoubtedly our major strength. The case studies are ‘real life’ professional assignments and are used as developmental tools where you are guided through the process and provided with the opportunity to test yourselves under our guidance. You will receive continuous feedback and guidance as the programme progresses.

Throughout the Programme, candidates:

  • Receive online input.
  • May download video clips of all contact sessions.
  • Are required to complete various on-line assignments.
  • Have opportunities to consult with presenters.
  • Can interact through our online Chat Room/Forum.

Candidates’ progress on the Programme is carefully graduated: Module 1 is essentially developmental, Modules 2 and 3 continue development but add formal assessment, and Module 4 also continues development. Modules 5 and 6 focus on formal assessment and Module 7 is revision.


IS THERE ONLINE LEARNING SUPPORT?

aptassist, our Online eLearning portal is an upgraded version of the Moodle Student Support Software.

  • The basic functionality of Moodle enables communication with students and provides students with the facilities for downloading and uploading information through our system. Further details are provided in the Section headed aptassist.
  • Our system enables individual students to monitor their progress on the Programme and their competency development.
  • Consultation and query facilities are available on an ongoing basis.

HOW DO I CHANGE MY ENROLMENT DETAILS?

Please check your enrolment email with your details. For changes, please email [email protected]


WHERE DO I FIND THE PROGRAMME MATERIAL?

All material will be loaded to aptassist our interactive learning portal.


WHAT IS THE 75% ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT?

APT candidates are required to attend no less than 75% of sessions to pass.


WHAT ARE THE PRESCRIBED BOOKS FOR THE APT APC PROGRAMME?

There are no prescribed books as such. As a Professional Competence Development Programme, students are expected to consult such books as are necessary in the circumstances. Guidance is provided in the developmental Programme material and contact sessions.


I AM NOT RECEIVING ANY EMAILS FROM APT?

Please check your spam/junk mail folder.


ARE THERE FORMAL ASSESSMENTS?

Yes, there are Formal Assessments.

On successful completion of the Professional Competence Development Programme, you will be awarded a certificate which will entitle you to write the APC exam.


WHAT MATERIAL/BOOKS ARE ALLOWED IN THE APT APC EXAM?

The SAICA/ICAN/ICAZ Students Version Handbook and the SAICA/ICAN/ICAZ Legislative Handbook are allowed into the examination room.

Candidates are also allowed to bring one lever arch file containing other documents they regard appropriate.

These documents must be A4, punched and bound and the thickness of the document does not exceed 8cm.

You do not need to purchase new SAICA/ICAN/ICAZ Handbooks as you may print out any amendments and include them in your file.


DO I NEED TO TAKE MY ID DOCUMENT AND APT STUDENT NUMBER TO APT APC EXAMS?

You are required to bring your ID document and write your APT student number on the top right corner of your APT Assessment Script.


HOW DO I APPLY TO WRITE A DEFERRED OR SUPPLEMENTARY ASSESSMENT?

If you are unable to write an APT Assessment you should apply for a Deferred Assessment. (A candidate who has an acceptable reason for not sitting for an Assessment when scheduled, will be required to write a Deferred Assessment. Deferred Assessments are granted at the sole discretion of the presenters, who may require written evidence in support of the religious, medical, or other grounds provided. Only such reasons as would generally be accepted by University Deferred Examinations Committees will be considered).

You cannot apply to write a Supplementary Assessment. Supplementary Assessments are awarded at the sole discretion of APT, after careful consideration of individual results and circumstances.