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!
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.
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.