I completed my Undergraduate degree at the University of Limpopo and then completed my CTA at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Outside of Auditing, my passion is in film production, helping people and digital transformation.
I pursued a career in the Auditing profession because there are multiple areas in which one can develop within the auditing environment. It is a platform where one can gather expertise in different areas and sectors and be able to gather information and provide solutions to businesses.
The ADP programme provided a platform to reflect on the knowledge gathered throughout the period in auditing and identify gaps that required intervention. I was eager to complete the program throughout and motivated to keep up the audit standard. The programme enhanced my analytical skills, professional writing skills and the understanding of the role I need to perform in the professional auditing environment.
My message to aspiring candidates is that through the program, you will get to understand the professional and auditing requirements at another level. As a candidate, you get to identify knowledge gaps and what to consider in audit. One gets to enhance their passion for auditing and uplift their professional skills.
I completed both my undergraduate degree and CTA at UNISA. Outside audit, I love training and mentoring others and community development.
My aim from the outset has always been to one day become a skilled auditor and open an audit practice that will provide assurance work to clients. Thus, this career path served as the foundation for my lifelong ambition.
The ADP was a good review of the auditing standards and technical aspects in comparison to the day-to-day running of an audit. It also allows you to reflect on your progress in addressing and understanding the various auditing standards and identifying areas for improvement.
My experience with the programme was that I found it challenging in the sense that I needed to align my work responsibilities to the ADP programme. This programme demanded extensive level of discipline to get POE in order and attain all the relevant competencies.
Through the programme I was able to develop skills into the revised auditing standards which assist in my day-to-day operations. There were some of the standards that I was not practically exposed to, the programme enabled me to fully understand all the standards relevant to the audit.
My message to aspiring candidates is that this is a wonderful opportunity to take responsibility to gain a deeper understanding of the complete audit process from beginning to end, and of the auditing standards. The programme also provides an opportunity to gain additional professional business skills as you take on more responsibilities. Just join the programme and I promise you will not regret it. “It always seems impossible until it’s done”.
I studied through UNISA part time while working full time, completing both my degree and postgraduate diploma through UNISA. Outside of auditing, I am passionate about my family and raising my children right. My career aspiration is to open my own audit firm and give other people the opportunities that I was afforded to pursue a career in this field.
Starting out, the idea of a stable income drew me to the accounting/auditing field. When the opportunity arose for me to work for an audit firm and work to pay for my studies, I took it with both hands. The further I progressed in my studies and career, the more I valued the need for auditing in the business environment, to be a custodian of integrity and ethics. This motivated me to pursue this career path.
The ADP program helped me to find and correct short comings in my audit files and audit procedures.
My message to aspiring candidates is that journey may be long and tough, but the difference you will make far outweighs any difficulties faced on the way. Keep on keeping on.
I completed my undergraduate degree at North-West University (Pukke) and my Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting Science at UNISA. Outside of Auditing, I enjoy exercising mostly jogging and trail runs with my wife. Looking ahead I aspire to become a director in a firm or open my own firm. No matter what the future holds I want to keep developing and broadening my horizons.
During my articles and in my personal life I had the privilege to frequently be involved in discussions with an experienced and seasoned director. His insights, knowledge and guidance not only on the profession but on life provided me with a lot of motivation to remain in the profession past articles, but also to pursue the profession even further to ultimately register as a registered auditor.
Having studied and gone through articles for a short period of 8 years I did not think that another 18-month program was for me. After completion of the program, I believe the ADP program is necessary and adds a lot of value to you as an individual if you engage with the program. The program facilitates a comprehensive engagement with the auditing standards, specifically on the technical aspects that are not necessarily part of a standard audit or running thereof. The program helps to broaden and solidify your understanding and interpretation of various auditing standards and the implementation thereof, it also helps to identify improvement or focus areas. The skills you develop during the program are not only valuable, but they are also necessary.
The most important resource that my ORA and firm provided me with was their time, to answer countless questions and to provide guidance to assist me in gaining the necessary exposure and competency.
My message to aspiring candidates is to not wait until you feel you are ready because that day might never come, you have to view the program as part of your development and not as a final test. Engage with the program, it can either be an administrative burden or a great learning and development opportunity. You have control over the value it provides.
I started working at my current firm straight out of High School at the age of 18. I studied part time through UNISA and qualified as a CA(SA) seven years later.
For the past six years, I have been gathering my audit hours and I am very relieved to have finally achieved my goal set at the beginning of this journey. My future career aspiration is to expand our firm and to supply guidance to our team as best as I can; learn from those before me and pass on to those behind me.
My family is my number one priority and I love spending time with them. I am grateful for the way that this career path has assisted me to add value to their lives – whether it is contributing together with my husband or setting an example for my two beautiful girls. I also love reading and exploring innovative ways to improve the management and systems of our firm. I always ask myself if whether what we do and how we do it, is the most efficient, value-adding way there is and if not, we need to reconsider!
My motivation to pursue a career in auditing was inspired by my sister who once told me that I would love this profession as soon as I am exposed to it, and she was spot on. It fits my personality perfectly and I have loved my job from day one. I plan to remain in the profession for as long as I am blessed to make a difference in many entrepreneurs’ businesses and being part of their journeys.
The ADP was much harder than I initially realised. It demands great discipline, organisational skills and self-reflection and being able to put all of the above into words. The ADP definitely enhanced my discipline and self-reflection skills – it forces you to be honest about yourself and your shortcomings, but at the same time motivates you to overcome that so that you can be the best version of yourself to yourself and others.
My message to aspiring candidates is that I would encourage other candidates to be indifferent to the ADP. It takes much more time, effort, discipline and tears to get it done than you might think. It is a vigorous process, but definitely worth it in the end.
I studied at the University of the Witwatersrand (‘WITS’) where I completed my undergraduate degree and my post-graduate qualification in Accounting Science. Outside of auditing, I love to challenge myself, whether it is travelling to new places to explore, or cooking a complex dish, the experience of trying something different is what drives me.
I am appreciative of the exposure that I received during my training contract, which made me realise that I do have something to contribute. I hope to continue to make an impact on the profession. I have a strong understanding of auditing principles and I want to continue to build on my knowledge of audit & accounting. Being in the audit profession is a fast-paced environment and there is always something new to learn. What energises me is teaching junior staff and serving clients the best way I can. Furthermore, auditors are at the forefront of current affairs and this impacts our work directly. Being an auditor is a commitment to lifelong learning and I love the fact that it gives us an opportunity to always be challenged.
My experience on the Audit Development Programme further enhanced my skills of learning principles and applying my knowledge to a situation. Furthermore, it provided me with a platform to solidify my audit technical abilities and assist the firm in increasing the quality on our audit files.
My message to aspiring candidates is to note that the program is demanding, and my suggestion is to take it 1 competency at a time. Develop a daily or weekly routine where you dedicate uninterrupted time to document your evidence in your PoE.
Goodluck to all those who are embarking on this journey!
I completed my undergraduate degree in the Bachelor of Accounting Sciences at the University of Witwatersrand and my Post Graduate Diploma (CTA) at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Outside of Auditing, I enjoy hiking, travelling, spending quality time with my family, meeting new people, trying out new activities and things (I’d say that I am very adventurous), staying active and I love dancing. My career aspiration is to remain in audit as, for some reason unbeknown to humanity, I LOVE auditing! – I aspire to assume a role as an Audit Technical and Quality Partner.
I would attribute my decision to remain in the profession to the passion which I hold over auditing, in particular the technical intricacies of auditing and the ability thereon to transfer this knowledge to others.
My experience on the programme was that it was extremely taxing, however, it was ultimately stimulating in the greater picture. I learnt a lot and enjoyed the challenges faced including meeting milestones. I found it quite gratifying being able to achieve each competency and the firm and my role within the firm, as a Senior Audit Technical Manager, provided me the opportunity to practically meet my competencies.
I am fortunate to be in an Audit Technical support role within my organisation and wish to stay in a similar role in the future. I put in the utmost effort to utilise this program to better inform myself of the technical areas which, within a general external audit role, I would not have been exposed to. In my role however, I have been able to apply the skills learnt within my designated responsibilities and tasks and further, I was able to transfer this knowledge to not only more junior staff, but to all levels of management within my firm.
My message to aspiring RCAs is that I believe that what you put in is directly proportional to what you get out. If you are simply going to complete the program for the sake of becoming eligible to register as an RA, you would be doing a discredit to the program and ultimately will most likely not be equipped with the relevant knowledge to comfortably climb the ladder within the profession and in particular, the transitional period into a partnership role will likely seem more daunting.
I completed my undergraduate degree and post graduate honors degree at the University of Johannesburg. Outside of Auditing I’m a mom to a super saiyan and wife to a super-hero, I love spending time with family and travelling to different countries, provinces and cities.
As our family saying goes, “We aspire to inspire before we expire.” And that is to help groom one CA at a time. This is the reason why I’ve stayed in auditing this long, from the days I walked into the big four firms, my aspiration was to become partner and to this day that has not changed.
My experience on the ADP programme was that of reflection, on all of the experience I’d accumulated over the years and the areas where I’d consciously made a decision to be independent, ethical and to deliver quality services, not only to the clients that I serve, but also to the people that I led and those that lead me. I always ensure that I give of my best and am the first point of call for any technical matters. Putting together the evidence required for the Portfolio of Evidence (POE) was effortless, with the relentless support I received from both my current and previous firm and my ORA. I’m truly grateful for this opportunity to add two more letters to my designation.
My message of motivation to aspiring candidates, is that the road less travelled is often most rewarding, no sacrifice goes unnoticed, and you will indeed reap the rewards of your hard work. From here on after, the sky is the limit, so fly high.
I completed my undergraduate degree at Wits and my CTA at UNISA. Outside of Auditing, I love writing about different topics that interest me and I intend to start a book and possibly a podcast in the near future.
My aim from the outset has always been to one day become a skilled auditor and businessman. Thus, this career path served as the foundation for my lifelong ambition.
My experience on the ADP was that I found it extremely challenging, in the sense that it demanded extensive levels of discipline and organisation to get the POE in order and ensure relevant experience is identified and captured at the right time while juggling the high demands of my job. However, I had the goal in sight which kept me motivated, and in the end the feeling of attaining this feels worth it all. The programme immensely improved my organisational skills, writing skills and attention to detail as well as my ability to link events to outcomes.
My message to aspiring candidates is that I would encourage all those passionate about auditing and entrepreneurship to ensure they elevate their skills and knowledge in the profession by taking on this programme and what it has to offer. At the end of the process, I guarantee satisfaction in terms of attaining elevated and holistic development at both professional and personal levels. It is worth all the effort and sacrifice.
I studied at the University of the Free State. My interests outside of work mainly relate to spending time with my husband and family. My hobbies include long distance running, scrap booking, religious activities and baking.
In my current role, I work with many audit partners of the firm. I also enjoy teaching and have a passion for training people and work is such a position within the firm. I have a wide variety of responsibilities, and this helps to broaden my knowledge of other areas in addition to Auditing.
I was inspired by my father to pursue an auditing career. Since I was a small child, he always said that he saw me in this career, as I am a diligent, conscientious individual with a clear eye for detail. In high school, I developed a love for accounting which further highlighted this as a career for me. My passion for this career grew throughout my education years.
As I entered into the profession, I continued to grow, and the profession fitted well with my personal personality and skill set. I am focused and committed to my own development, and I value opportunities to connect with those around me. I have a very high moral and ethical standard and carrying out my work with quality and due care is a priority. I am not afraid to take initiative and I enjoy overcoming challenges placed before me. I strive to be reliable, and I am hard working with a positive attitude. I have a soft, compassionate personality, while at the same time knowing when to stand my ground, I have a willingness to learn and a desire to achieve my goals. The auditing profession therefore allows me to live out my traits and passion.
The ADP programme was an amazing opportunity in which I grew and broadened my knowledge on the ISA’s as well as the whole audit process. The ADP Program brought the audit process that we carry out on each audit and connected it perfectly with the ISA’s. The ADP programme was like building a puzzle, and once all the pieces were put together (the ADP Programme) the whole picture of an audit and how each process from the planning, execution, and finalisation phase and how they connected suddenly became so much clearer. A light bulb inside of me just exploded and my passion for auditing expanded as everything just started making sense. The biggest lesson that I have learnt on the program is that one can never stop learning. The auditing and accounting profession entails such a wide variety of sectors, industries, rules, standards, requirements and the list goes on and on. Every single day, I learnt something new, whether it being technical, administrative, professional, or even personal.
My message to aspiring candidates is to take a leap of faith and just do it! Remember to be a success takes hard work, you need to be aware of what you are looking for and then finding opportunities and developing in that role. This programme will help you achieve this and so much more. Be the best you that you can be on a personal and professional level and never cease to take an opportunity that comes to you.
I completed my undergraduate degree and my CTA at UNISA. I also have a BSc Honours in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University and I am a qualified accountant with the ACCA. Outside of Auditing I enjoy systems and process development. I also love training and mentoring others, and on a social basis I like sport. I aspire to establish and grow an audit practice to the point where it can be recognised as a medium sized firm.
After completing my articles, I thought I knew all that I needed to know about auditing, only to discover a whole new world of auditing through the ADP. One thing that I learnt, is that experience has no substitute.
Through the programme, my analytical skills where enhanced along with my communication skills and my ability to co-ordinate between the client, audit partner and my teams.
My message to aspiring candidates is to be strong in your resolve. Nothing in this world is easy, it is going to be tough, but there is joy at the end of the tunnel.
I studied at the University of Johannesburg where I obtained my BCom Accounting Degree. I then obtained my Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Accounting Sciences studied at UNISA. My passion is to make a difference in the lives of others.
I was motivated to stay in the Auditing profession as I enjoy the challenges that each audit engagement brings, being able to provide clients with good client services and working with trainees to develop them in successful professionals.
My experience on the ADP programme was positive, as it assisted in my professional development and assisted me in delivering audit files to our firm's partners of a high quality. The skills I developed that are valuable to me in my current role and expected future roles, is the ability to empower trainees, in developing their professional and technical skills.
My message to aspiring candidates is that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and one should never give up on your dreams. The ADP programme is very time consuming but if you continuously update your portfolio of evidence, it makes the process easier and it's definitely worth it in the end. The scripture I live by "I can do all things through Him who strengthens and empowers me." Philippians 4:13
I completed my degree at the University of Pretoria. Outside of Auditing I enjoy spending time with my family and being outdoors.
A small number of people really know what they want to do for the rest of their lives at that young age, but most know they do not want to stay in audit. This was not the case for me and so I remained in audit to obtain more experience and see what types of engagements and clients I like most. I realised that being able to provide assurance to users of financial statements can be rewarding. The impact and importance thereof are easily overlooked, and that is exactly where I want to contribute.
The additional experience obtained after articles and being on the programme is something money can't buy and was invaluable to me.
When studying, you focus a lot on the theory of the ISAs. When you start auditing in practice it becomes part of you, a second nature. During the programme I was able to reconcile the theory and technical aspects with the practice and that added irreplaceable value to my personal development.
My message to aspiring candidates is that the process might seem overwhelming at first, as many worthwhile things tend to be, but it is important to remember your goal and just get started! Engagement by engagement and week by week, you will have it done before you know it.
I completed my BCom Chartered Accountancy degree at North-West University (Pukke) and completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting Science (CTA 2) at Unisa. Outside of Auditing, I enjoy gardening and raising my baby boy.
My experience on the ADP was that it was a great challenge that refined my auditing skills. My ORA provided relevant review notes on my Portfolio of Evidence that helped me to submit a high-quality portfolio.
My message to aspiring candidates is to set your eye on the goal and make sure that you do not back down for any obstacle. It will be worth it in the end.
I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal and my post graduate diploma at UNISA. My passion outside of Auditing is cars, cars, and more cars.
A family member, a partner from a big four audit firm, once told me that becoming an audit partner is the “ultimate business profession to pursue.” This was about 15 years ago, when I was in high school and I did not really understand what an auditor was.
After completing my training contract, I began to appreciate the work of an auditor and the great impact it has on protecting the interests of stakeholders.In working as an audit supervisor/manager level at an auditing firm, I gained invaluable experience that was largely as a result of the support from an audit partner who valued my passion for business and client relations. By allowing me to explore my capabilities, and push the boundaries, I began to enjoy working in the field of auditing, and really started to understand and appreciate the bigger picture of being an auditor.
The ADP has been a great learning experience as it allowed me to take an inward look at what skills and competencies I had been exposed to, and what required further development. The programme has provided me with the skillset needed to be confident in dealing with clients, and to know that I am on the right path to becoming an audit partner. The programme has also exposed me to soft skills that are fundamental to being in a managerial role.
It is imperative to have a support structure both within your firm and personal surrounds as there is an investment of time required to complete the reports. I am extremely appreciative of my wife, parents and audit partners that supported me through this journey.
My message to aspiring candidates is that should you feel that you want to be part of something greater, a profession that serves and protects the interest of the public, then register and be the change that you want to see in the world.
I completed my degree and post-graduate diploma through UNISA. Outside of Auditing, I enjoy learning new skills that allow me to tap into my creativity. I’ve recently spent some time doing short courses in interior design. My future career aspiration is to be part of an executive team that allows me to merge my technical ability and skill, with my love of developing and mentoring people.
Throughout my training contract, I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by professionals who had a deep passion for the auditing profession, and who gladly shared their insight and knowledge frequently. Thus began my own love for the profession, and when the opportunity to step into a managerial role presented itself, I felt it would be a great base upon which to grow my own knowledge and skill.
I found the program to be an excellent way to become familiar with the ISAs in a way that I previously hadn't been. The professional skills I developed and cultivated during the program are ones that will continue to benefit me regardless of my role, now and in the future. My ORA was an integral part of the process, and the guidance and support I received from the firm made the process easy and worthwhile.
My message to aspiring candidates is to "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other" - Abraham Lincoln
I completed my degree at North-West University (Pukke). Outside of Auditing, I enjoy endurance sports (cycling and running) as well as fishing and hunting. I was appointed as a partner at my firm and wish to extend my firms client portfolio.
The ADP programme is necessary, as one does not walk out of articles ready to sign off on financial statements. You need some time and experience at a higher level to gain the confidence needed to sign off on financial statements. It was however difficult for me to capture all my experience to demonstrate to a reviewer that I would be competent to sign off on audits.
I have been out of articles for 5 years and the program helped me to gain the knowledge and confidence to know that I can perform audits on my own and that I did get the necessary training and experience needed.
My firm and ORA were crucial in my success. Following my firm’s ADP monitoring visit, the positive outcome was a sign to me that we are doing things correctly and that I was receiving the best training in the correct environment.
My message to aspiring candidates is to go for it and keep going till you finish. The rewards will exceed your expectations.
I completed my degree at Stellenbosch University. Outside of Auditing, I love music and all things arts and culture. I love supporting our creative industry and going to watch musicals and shows. I also like to do a trail run now and then. I have experience outside of auditing but returned to the profession as it was more rewarding for me. My career aspirations are to start my own firm delivering audit services to small and medium sized businesses.
The ADP was a good review of the auditing standards and technical aspects in comparison to the day-to-day running of an audit. It also allows you to reflect on your progress in addressing and understanding the various auditing standards and identifying areas for improvement.
The programme expects you to be able to do the audit from start to finish, especially all processes involved when accepting a new client. You gain a lot of confidence in the auditing process by only consulting on more complex matters and taking responsibility for all aspects. The importance of developing soft skills and building client trust was also something that was highlighted during the programme.
My message to aspiring candidates is that this is a wonderful opportunity to take responsibility to gain a deeper understanding of the complete audit process from beginning to end, and of the auditing standards, as well as to gain additional professional business skills as you take on more responsibilities. There are so many opportunities that can come from completing this programme. Don't sell yourself short.
I feel as auditors we are responsible for fair reporting and a lot of reliance is placed on us to provide this service. I enjoy auditing as I get to understand and provide value added to a vast amount of industries. I think post articles you start seeing the different sections/elements of an audit in a holistic way to be able to report and provide the value and opinion. There is a constant challenge as every industry comes with their own potential risks and way of doing things.
I enjoyed the mentoring process and continuous feedback from both ADP programme leaders as well as my audit partner who was my ORA. Key skills that I developed on the programme included managing a team and being able to understand all elements of an engagement before signing off.
I think I chose audit and audit chose me. I believe it is the best job in the world, you get to learn about many organisations, travel, meet and work with different people and truly help bring about positive change. My daily responsibilities as an RA ensures that organisations and personnel are held accountable. I remained in the profession beyond completion of my training contract as I have a passion for developing aspiring CAs and RAs and assisting them realise their dreams.
The Audit Development Programme is an enabler! The programme helped me stretch beyond my comfort zone and developed me into a space where I feel very confident, well prepared and fully equipped to discharge my responsibilities as a Registered Auditor in any environment. The programme has positioned me to excel and I am now well-oiled and fully prepared to add value to various stakeholders.
I have learned critical competences including leading high performing audit teams.
My message to anybody considering registering on the ADP is that the ADP is an essential programme for any aspiring RA. It prepares and equips you with everything you need to be that rare breed of an auditor in any environment. The skills and competences gained through the programme become the roots that one requires in this dynamic audit environment. The gains from the course are immense!
When I finished matric I wasn't certain about what degree I should apply for at University. My father did not have the opportunity to attend University but told me that he would have liked to study accounting/auditing. This together with the availability of jobs for chartered accountants made me pursue an auditing career. Once I finished my trainee contract at ASL Incorporated I realised that I valued what the firm stood for and the opportunity presented itself for advancement, which I took and have not looked back since.
The program has its challenges in the sense that it is quite a lot of paperwork which does feel cumbersome at instances. However other parts of the program made me reflect on how much I have learnt prior to the program as well as during the program and made me appreciate the field more.
I would not describe the program as fun and in saying that I understand that it is easy to become negative during the program. However now having completed the program I have added to the value I can bring to a firm as well as the likelihood of my future aspirations being a success. The RA designation is something that takes a lot of time and perseverance to achieve and is a point of distinguishment in today's competitive professional environment.
Along with the broad technical skills gained, I also developed managerial skills and increased my professional sceptism during the programme. This is immensely valuable for the roles in the future where I will be faced with making decisions that require professional judgement and assessing potentially difficult situations.
My message to other candidates that are considering registering on the programme is that the ADP programme is a valuable journey to embark on, as it facilitates the development of broader technical knowledge of the candidate and soft skills required in various situations. I would highly recommend it for any individual who is considering a longer journey within the auditing profession.
The support received from the firm was continuous two-way feedback and a real investment of time, effort and resources to upskill and mentor me. I really appreciate my ORA and the support of the firm.
The ADP programme is a Game-Changer. It really unpacks and defines the heart of public practice. It’s a specialist programme- Invest the time and allow the process to refine your understanding of the practice. Enjoy the journey and make the most of the programme!
To fulfil the dream of being a CA(SA), taking the audit route was an obvious choice. However, having the privilege of training at AGSA, I realised that this was not just auditing for the sake of issuing reports, but through auditing you’re actually contributing in making a change in the livelihoods of South African citizens, by promoting accountability through auditing those responsible for service delivery.
Making a difference in people’s lives is something close to my heart no matter how small it is. This is the reason I find myself in the organisation even after my articles.
The programme took longer than expected however, I appreciated the experience as it allowed to better understand the programme, my role and assess gaps and improve on them.
I loved my experience with the programme, it got me to sit back and look at how I have been auditing and get to tweak it up. It was an amazing experience as I was doing it at the same time as a fellow colleague. We got to discuss some aspects of an audit file that we otherwise would not have. The key skill that I developed on the programme was the focus on quality, quality and quality. I also developed the skills to prepare concise documentation and maintain consistency in the fieldwork based on the audit plan.
My message to other candidates who are considering registering on the programme is that the programme will definitely help you to develop in depth knowledge of the ISAs and that is crucial for RAs.
I absolutely hated auditing during my university career, during my interview at the firm where I did my articles I was clear that I have no intention to stay in auditing. 6 months later… I was singing a different tune…Auditing in theory vs auditing in the real world were very different and I immediately loved it. I indicated to my firm that I would like to become and Registered Auditor and director in the future. After articles the decision was simple and I immediately enrolled for the ADP. The ADP was no joke, but worth the 18 months for sure. Becoming a Registered Auditor was my drive and kept me motivated during this period.
Be positive, enthusiastic and an optimist during your APD. Commit 110% from the start and always have your eyes on the end goal. Being a Registered Auditor is not a decision it’s a lifestyle, live it from day one.
I went into this career blindly not knowing where it would lead to. The knowledge and experience I gained throughout my articles intrigued and motivated me to continue as my passion for mentoring, coaching and auditing started creeping through and I wanted to explore this further.
When I registered for the ADP, I was fortunate to know at this stage that this was exactly what I wanted to do. If you decide to register you need to be committed a 100% and give it your all. It’s worth it!
I was introduced to the concept of being an RA by my Father who is a CA(SA), RA. He taught me that being an Auditor is a position of great honor as you are, in essence, offering your trust as a service to the general public. Having a person rely on your trust is a very privileged position to be in, and a great responsibility.
To those who have registered on the programme, congratulations! You have chosen an honorable profession to become a part of. It can seem overwhelming at times, but it is important to take it one day and one engagement at a time. To those who are undecided on registering, I say that being an Auditor at a professional level is rewarding as it allows one to show not only your technical ability but also your ability to adapt and overcome. The wait is worth the reward.
The program is based on the current ISA’s and while working through them I obtained a different perspective on how to apply these standards which is assisting me in better performing my duties as an audit manager. If you have a passion for Auditing like I do, then I would suggest you apply for the program.
Being part of the program has been a very meaningful experience for me as I was able to understand auditing at a specialized level and was exposed to areas of audit that I was not aware of or exposed to during my articles. It has really deepened my understanding and interpretation of auditing standards as well as my application of the standards and the ISQC1 in my audits.
The Learning and development executive at my firm and ORA monitored by progress on a monthly basis and ensured that every month I am assigned to engagements that will expose me to the competences I have not covered in my POE, this ensured I received all the necessary exposure to complete my POE.
The program allows you to sharpen your auditing skills and deepen your knowledge of the standards. I would encourage everyone who wants to specialize in auditing to go through the program. The knowledge and growth one experience during the 18 months period is worth it.
Auditing has more prospects for growth, and I see myself becoming an Audit partner. The programme was good, and it assisted me to put together my technical knowledge of auditing where possible.
I developed a love for accounting and numbers when I was in grade 9. One day during a career guidance in grade 10 someone came and spoke of a career of a Chartered Accountant; I knew then that it was what I wanted to study when I go to varsity. When I was at first year of varsity I learnt more about the career, the fact that I had choices of different careers within the profession. I developed a passion for auditing when I was completing articles. The reason I stayed in the profession after completing articles was that I knew that I could contribute more to the success of the firm and make a difference to my clients through my work and advise.
My Portfolio of Evidence was a success because my ORA dedicated her time in reviewing my reports. Her guidance and mentoring made my ADP a success. The firm assisted me by providing work which enabled be in achieving the competences on the programme. All the clients I was assigned to caused me to learn.
The ADP gives you a chance to reflect on the work you are doing and gives you the opportunity to evaluate what you don’t know yet. It made me stop and realise that I need to refresh my knowledge on certain ISAs and what is required to be documented in various cases.
Referring back to previous client files and identifying areas of improvement was a valuable skill that I developed on the programme as well as critical thinking, time management, improving my attention to detail and staying up to date with the latest developments and standards.
Becoming an audit manager, the exposure presented to me by my firm allowed me the opportunity to perpetually become part of a solution. The opportunities to continuously add value to both clients as well as my team members within the firm left me hungry to expand my knowledge and vision of my career goals. Whilst I enjoyed being a part of enriching businesses from the outside, I wanted to be a part of a business I was able to grow from the inside, which led to my enthusiasm to complete my ADP and become an RA.
Some of the competencies I developed on the ADP were not part of my day to day job- The ADP allowed me to develop these competencies at my firm.
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living” Nelson Mandela
I saw myself in the female audit partners and that drove me to work my way up the corporate ladder to ensure that I too have the power to positively influence the corporate world, both private and public sector to apply good corporate governance.
I found the programme to be very detailed and encouraging of a comprehensive understanding of the entire audit process. The programme gave me an opportunity to get exposure to other areas on the audit process which I had not previously been exposed to. My ORA was very supportive and worked with my direct line manager who is also an RA in ensuring I have exposure on all competencies. I would advise CA (SA)’s within the audit profession to enrol for this program to sharpen their auditing skills and qualify as RA’s.
Being in audit as a manager or senior manager exposes you to a different perspective of audit and responsibilities. The level of interaction with clients is not the same compared to when one is still a trainee, which has a significant impact on one’s professional growth.
It certainly did not feel like an added time to reach the goal of becoming an RA. Based on the knowledge and experience I have gained after completing my articles, I was definitely not ready to be eligible to register as an RA. The Audit Development Programme (ADP) helped me to develop myself and to prove to myself that I am ready and I can be an RA. The documentation of the portfolio of evidence does require effort and time, but the evidence are the events that one experiences in the normal course of audit, from audit planning to completion.
During my training contract, I was mostly involved in the audit department within the firm. I went on to becoming an audit manager where the role required a good understanding of taxation, management accounting, accounting, and even general office management. The ADP requires the same skillset and therefore the ADP and my position in the audit firm had a symbiotic relationship.
The ADP takes time, and one needs to be disciplined and remain motivated. My advice is to find an ORA who will work with you to assist you in producing a fantastic portfolio of evidence. Take pride in your portfolio and view the ADP as a chance to upskill yourself. It is all worth it when you receive the Registered Auditor title!
The programme instilled in me a wide range of skillsets and gave me the confidence to handle client relations, develop management skills and handle meetings with customers. Once you have completed your articles, the additional 18 months on the ADP are nothing. Considering how busy you will be during this programme, as you begin to assume more responsibilities and see yourself grow, you will definitely love it and see its worth.
I enjoyed the programme as it marked milestones in developing management level experience in complex audit areas for me. I did not view this as added time, but a quality measure to ensure that I obtain deeper technical experience and become more confident with higher risk audit work. It also provides an opportunity to set yourself apart, by having completed the programme and having met the criteria for RA registration.
The ADP is a programme focussed on developing quality audit managers and partners in South Africa, and building the audit profession as a whole. Completing this programme is something that you do for yourself, the firm you work at, and future firms you will work at, as well as the industry as a whole. Do not give up once you have started, even when work pressure is getting to you – it is worth it!
The biggest skill for me was getting back to my roots in terms of audit 101 and understanding where the relevant procedures fitted in the puzzle of a complete audit.
The program is beneficial in the sense that it drives us to hone in on the skills required to be an RA. It highlights where we need to invest time in ourselves and in our professional development.
After qualifying as a CA (SA), I was hesitant and confused about why I needed to complete an additional two years as audit manager, and the ADP program in order to register as an RA. To my surprise the two years of being an audit manager was the experience overload I needed together with the Audit Development Programme to enable me to provide assurance services in an efficient and effective manner.
I decided to complete the ADP programme as I saw an opportunity of furthering my professional development and positioning myself with a qualification that I deem to be at the pinnacle of the accounting profession and serves as an opportunity to become one in a minority.
It is not always easy, and I encountered quite a few obstacles on road to completion of the programme, but I firmly believe that things that are worthwhile are not always easy to achieve.
I have a ‘tinker’ personality, meaning I enjoy puzzles and challenges and find no greater satisfaction in finding a solution or building almost everlasting systems. In an auditing practice you deal with queries and challenges almost on a daily basis; whereas I might have been limited in this regard in commerce. The programme showed me my strengths and weaknesses, and afforded me an opportunity to improve on my weaknesses and grow into a better and more well-rounded CA and future RA.
The programme helped me develop and polish a lot in terms of technical skill areas within auditing. The approach focused on covering all significant audit requirements (International Standards on Auditing). It therefore gave me a holistic view of an audit as well as all of the technical aspects to consider on different types of audit engagements.
The way the programme is structured it is such that one is able to identify their knowledge gaps. I urge all candidates to use that opportunity to learn and sharpen their audit skills.
At the time I finished my articles I was not yet sure what I wanted to do or where I should go. I decided that I am going to do the ADP and qualify as an RA as that was my ultimate goal when I started studying - that would also keep the different career options open. Also, in my view, the title “RA” is one that people look up to and it creates trust. I found the programme and its structure very good as it teaches you the responsibility of what it would mean when you have to sign the audit opinion one day. To compile the Portfolio of Evidence is hard work, but if you document everything after each audit the time constraint is manageable.
I am very happy with my work and the office environment and I would like to stay in the company. I would like to someday become a director/partner with my current firm. In the meantime, I want to help build our firm to be the best in our area, to gain knowledge in other accounting services and be able to help the firm extend into those services.
If you want to remain within the auditing profession, the additional time in relation to the programme should not be seen as a reason to not participate on the ADP. The support of my firm, and especially my ORA, was outstanding in not only helping me to be an auditor but to be an exceptional individual within the field.
I applied for RA registration the day after I received my final sign-off letter for the ADP.
Ever since my first year as a junior trainee, auditing has been my passion. For me, auditors play an integral role in the well-being of businesses as well as the economy as a whole.
As auditors, we assist the receiver of revenue, the society and other stakeholders to uphold their purpose. To be a part of this gives me a sense of being a part of something greater than myself.
The thrill of working in the fast-paced audit environment as well as the opportunities to work on a diverse range of clients and with colleagues from different walks of life are two of the many reasons that have made me not leaving auditing.
Apart from this, training and assisting future CAs to meet their full potential gives me a sense of fulfilment. Watching their growth and development under my mentorship are some of my greatest achievements.
The programme, though challenging, was extremely comprehensive. Not only did it teach me a significant amount about audit but it also taught me about myself. It assisted me to grow as an auditor and as an individual.
I have already started encouraging other CAs to participate in the programme and will continue doing so. I feel that in order to grow as an auditor, the ADP is a must. Before I started with this programme I thought I knew everything that there was to know about the ISAs. However, after completing the programme I realised that there is a lot more that I have learnt and a lot more that can be learnt.
I chose to stay in the auditing profession as I find it very stimulating. The diversity of the clients we serve, meeting new people and being challenged are all factors that I considered when choosing to stay in the profession. Success follows passion. My passion is to implement all the knowledge and skills that I have acquired through my journey as a student. Also, I am passionate about developing talent and imparting the knowledge I have acquired over the past 10 years onto the new generation of clerks that join our firm.
It was overwhelming at first, and on numerous occasions I said that I would rather write an examination. However, if I have to look back at the process, it was refreshing and it challenged me to think out of the box. By doing the programme I have grown from a personal and business point of view and am a better professional because of it.
I am currently in public sector audit working for the Office of the Auditor-General which aims to build public confidence through auditing. My stay in audit is to contribute to the economy and ensure proper financial and governance systems through auditing.
The portfolio of evidence we need to submit assisted me with regards to the audit documentation process, which I am applying in my day-to-day work.
Besides auditing, my passion is assisting with community outreach programmes that alleviate poverty. I also want to push more for the inclusion of blacks to the audit profession to contribute meaningfully to the economy of the country.
Auditing is often an overlooked profession that can be very exciting if approached from the right perspective. To be a competent auditor you need a thorough understanding of business systems, finance, accounting frameworks, tax laws, legal requirements and audit frameworks at the same time; and you are constantly required to stay abreast of advancements in all of these fields. This ensures that an auditor always has a good understanding of all the relevant developments in these fields and ensures that auditors generally have great overall business acumen.
Auditing also allows me the opportunity to interact with many people in the business world who I otherwise would never have had a chance to interact with; and it allows me to gain valuable business insight based on these interactions with them.
I found the programme interesting and I appreciated the fact that the programme ensured that I had hands-on practical experience in the necessary competences before being signed off as a Registered Auditor; as opposed to having only academic knowledge of these competences, which are often not easy to really grasp by only reading about them.
After completing the programme, I really do feel more confident about my ability to practice as a Registered Auditor than I would have felt had I only completed a theoretical exam and then registered as an auditor. I hope to make a valuable contribution to the audit profession by pioneering new and improved methods of auditing and growing my firm into one of the leading audit firms in the country.
Most CAs I have had a chat with indicated that a career in auditing is risky and it requires long hours, but in commerce there is not much pressure. Personally, I find auditing fulfilling, and a career that will expose me to different industries within a short period. The programme was an eye opener. When one completes training articles, one always thinks that they have acquired all the skills needed to be a professional and conquer the world. The programme helped me to achieve additional competences and skills that are important and needed for a Registered Auditor to succeed in practice. My future plan is to join one of the small existing auditing firms as a partner and help make that firm competitive in the market.