The Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (PGDip(Accounting)) is a one-year SAICA-accredited qualification designed for students who have completed their undergraduate accounting degree and wish to study further at a postgraduate level with the goal of ultimately qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (CA(SA)).
The PGDip(Accounting) is also referred to as a Certificate in the Theory of Accounting (CTA)).The PGDip(Accounting) is designed to cover, at minimum, all aspects of the syllabus for SAICA’s Initial Test of Competence (ITC) (also referred to as the ‘Board Exam’ or ‘QE’), focusing on areas which have not been covered at an undergraduate level and revising those that have.
The programme is offered by Monash South Africa (MSA) in co-operation with CA Connect.
The PGDip(Accounting) is offered as follows at the MSA campus in Ruimsig:
Lectures are videoed in a live class and are accessible to day time and after-hours students.
The day time and after-hours offerings differ only in terms of the times at which contact sessions occur. In all other respects, they fall under the same qualification, run over the same period of time, require the same number of overall study hours, include the same assessments, have the same cost and allow successful students to write SAICA’s ITC.
The PGDip(Accounting) comprises 4 compulsory full-year units and no elective units. Successful completion of the PGDip(Accounting) requires a pass mark of 50% or more for each unit. In order to qualify to write SAICA’s ITC, a pass mark for all 4 units must be achieved in the same year.
Total Fees: 2017 fees: R 63 200 per year (full time and after hours)
Students are responsible for the payment and arrangement of their own transport and accommodation, as well as for textbooks and off-campus computers or other devices to use the internet. On campus, students are able to use Monash South Africa IT equipment and internet facilities.
Beneficiary: Monash South Africa Limited
Bank: First National Bank (FNB)
Branch: Cresta (254905)
Account number: 62062732485
Reference: Student number_ Surname
Tuition and accommodation fees are payable upfront, per semester via the following payment methods:
Direct deposit / Telegraphic transfer
Credit / Debit card facilities are available at Monash South Africa, Student services Centre / Bank Draft made out to Monash South Africa (Please write the student number at the back)
NO CASH is accepted at Monash South Africa
Please forward all Direct Deposit / Telegraphic transfer (swift message) proof of payment to Student Fees at:
or Fax: 086 629 6544
PGDip(Accounting) application enquiries:
Michell Moodley –
PGDip(Accounting) course information:
Mr Gareth Olivier
Ms Corne Howard
First semester only (February).
On-campus at South Africa : full-time
Students must obtain 120 credits to complete the programme.
|Unit||Name of Unit||Lecturers||Credits|
|ZPG4016||Financial Reporting||Tracy Kraus Gareth Olivier Ateeyah Lalla||30|
|ZPG4017||Tax||Raun Billett Elna Malan||30|
|ZPG4018||Management Accounting & Finance||Andrew Horsfall Riaan Berger||30|
|ZPG4019||Corporate Governance & Auditing||Leon Gazet du Chattelier Louise Maritz||30|
Programme coordinator: Gareth Olivier
Programme dates: 7 February 2017 to 1 November 2017.
Each PGDip(Accounting) unit includes weekly preparation, lectures and tutorials. Contact sessions (lectures and tutorials) run for 12 – 15 hours per week and preparation time outside of class requires an additional 20 – 30 hours per week.
Formative assessments are conducted over the year in the form of continuous assessment, 4 major formative assessments and final summative exams in October.
This programme has been accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and successful completion qualifies students to write the Initial Test of Competence (ITC), the first of SAICA’s board exams. The programme is also accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE).
Places in the PGDip(Accounting) are offered as follows:
The majority of applicants fall into this category and are considered but are not guaranteed a place in the PGDip(Accounting).
These are applicants who have completed a SAICA-accredited undergraduate degree but have not achieved the requirement for an automatic offer detailed in part 2.1. These applicants are considered by the Accounting Department according to the following criteria:
The PGDip(Accounting) is open to all students wishing to qualify as South African Chartered Accountants.
|Unit||Prescribed Textbooks (latest vesions in each case)|
|Management Accounting & Finance||
|Corporate Governance & Auditing||
Postgraduate Diplomas are awarded by Monash South Africa as a registered private higher education institution in South Africa.
The PGDip(Accounting) is registered on NQF level 7 / HEQSF level 8.
Applications are now open. In order to avoid delays in processing applications, it is crucial to include academic transcripts from all the years of study, including those that were not successful. Having attempted CTA previously is generally an advantage, even if the attempt was unsuccessful, as there has been exposure to the syllabus.
Please note: This is a two-step application process:
Step 1: Apply online via the Monash Online Admission system which will guide you through the initial application process. Online application step by step guide (pdf, 2290Kb)
Step 2: If Step 1 is successful, you will be emailed with requirements to fill in a second online form with further details that are required by the Accounting Department.
Closing Date for Applications: The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 31 January 2017. For students awaiting final results or writing supplementary exams for whom there is a chance of wanting to enrol for the 2017 PGDip(Accounting), it is recommended that applications are submitted as soon as possible. Final results can then be submitted as soon they are received. There is no charge to apply and applications may be withdrawn at any point.
Depending on the application, the outcome response may be:
Monash South Africa has partnered with CA Connect in the delivery of the PGDip(Accounting). CA Connect is a private educational venture that employs lecturers with specific skills and experience in presenting the PGDip(Accounting). CA Connect’s lecturers are Chartered Accountants who have been involved in presenting and running PGDip(Accounting)-equivalent programmes at other SAICA-accredited institutions around South Africa for a number of years and have significant involvement with education at SAICA including the development of SAICA’s ITC. Further information on CA Connect can be found at www.caconnect.co.za.
The PGDip(Accounting) forms part of the Department of Accountancy Studies together with the SAICA accredited under-graduate B Bus Sci (Accounting) degree.