SAIGA is delighted to welcome the 2022 candidates for the Government Auditor professional training
The Southern African Institute of Government Auditors (SAIGA) has stated that finance professionals from the public sector, academia and the private sector who will complete the Government Auditing Specialization Program (GASP) in the year 2022 will be the first group to be formed with the additional and redesigned modules to effectively audit and perform accounting functions, especially in the public sector.
GASP training is mandatory for anyone with an interest in being certified and recognized as an accounting and auditing professional and being able to obtain the Professional Designation of Government Registered Auditor (RGA). In South Africa, only the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) is charged with the role and responsibility of registering and recognizing professional bodies such as SAIGA, including the registration of professional designations such as RGA.
However, people are often confused between statutory professional bodies, which are established by act of Parliament and regulate the practice of specific professions in South Africa. Anyone practicing a profession governed by a statutory professional body must be registered with such relevant South African professional body or council to practice their profession in South Africa.
In early 2021, the SAQA issued a very bold statement aimed at educating the public and warning non-statutory professional bodies recognized by the country’s sole certification authority that their status of recognition by the SAQA as lay bodies. gives them no power to annul others. The press release published by the SAQA on June 14, 2021 noted the following:
Non-statutory professional bodies have no statutory authority to regulate a trade, occupation or profession;
A non-statutory professional body exercises professional authority by virtue of its constitution / constituting act, which is binding only on its members; and
Membership / registration with a non-statutory professional body is voluntary.
Due to the agility, competitiveness, global trends and requirements, the nature and powers given to financial and accounting services, including auditing, many employers, government and non-government, do not accept and do not only recognize a person who has only a university degree, who does not follow professional development and without a professional title being conferred by professional bodies, statutory or non-statutory to such a person.
This is the reason why SAIGA, since its inception in 1988, has always been there to serve the public sector and society by advancing public accountability and auditing through the recognition and certification of registered public auditors. The development of the GASP vocational training of SAIGA 2022 will continue to be offered to candidates in hybrid mode, and the program will be divided into two groups, first and second semesters.
The first group of professionals will begin their journey to become RGAs from April 4-7, 2022, covering areas such as financial governance, public sector ethics, audit principles and ethics, regulatory framework within government, public entities and at municipal level. in accounting and auditing.
Subsequently, from May 23 to 27, 2022, participants will be trained in the accounting module specific to the public sector in terms of generally accepted accounting practice standards (GRAP). GRAP accounting standards are issued by the Accounting Standards Board (ASB) under Article 89 of the Public Financial Administration Act (PFMA) and are applicable to ministries, public entities, constitutional institutions, municipalities and councils, commissions, companies, corporations, funds or other entities under the property control of a municipality, parliament and related provincial legislatures.
Although RGA professionals are well equipped with knowledge, skills and abilities specific to the public sector, the accounting module also includes International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB ). IFRS specifies how organizations are to maintain and report their accounts, defining the types of transactions and other events that have a financial impact.
These standards were established to create a common accounting language, so that companies and their financial statements can be consistent and reliable from company to company and country to country. South Africa is a very unique country, where certain public entities are not only mandated to meet the needs of citizens but also to ensure long-term sustainability. How can an organization thrive for long term sustainability without making a profit?
Thereafter, the last block of training will train candidates for the audit module from July 4 to 19, 2022. The audit module is the longest and it will develop professionals with training in areas such as the principles of the audit. Public sector and financial audit, fraud and forensic auditing, performance information audit, 3Es and the use of information technology in audits, among others.
The GASP training dates (2022, first promotion) are:
April 4-7, 2022 (Governance, ethics & regulatory framework)
23-27 May 2022 (Accounting)
July 4-19, 2022 (Audit)
The GASP training dates (2022, second promotion) are:
1-4 August 2022 (Governance, ethics & regulatory framework)
September 5-9, 2022 (Accounting)
10-25 October 2022 (Audit)
People can register to begin their RGA 2022 professional development training program by visiting https://publicsectoracademy.co.za/, or via email to Portia Morai at [email protected] The Public Sector Accounting and Auditing Academy (PSAAA) is the recognized provider of GASP training and the RGA professional training program. PSAAA can be contacted for any other short course or CPD (Continuing Professional Development) program in the areas of public sector finance, accounting and auditing.
What happens after completing participation in training programs
Upon successful completion of the GASP training program and proof of the necessary practical work experience, applicants will first be assessed through a three-part integrated GASP assessment and then be eligible to sit for the exams. of the RGA Board of Directors (RGA QE), which is also a three-part closed book integrated assessment. It does not matter whether a candidate registers for this prestigious training program with the first or the second group; a holder of the title of registered government auditor is well equipped to:
- Manage all aspects of an external audit as it applies to a specific public sector institution or department;
- Ethically identify, audit and report the associated risks of a public sector institution or department;
- Ethically audit and report on the financial health of a public sector institution or department; and
- Document, conclude, report and communicate audit findings, including, but not limited to, the management of an accounting function of a public sector ministry or public entity.
To be accepted into the GASP training program, applicants must have at least an NQF Level 7 Diploma in Accounting and Auditing (or equivalent), verifiable work experience of at least 18 months in performing external audits as well as registration of SAIGA members. . The attribution of the professional RGA designation will only take place when a person submits a proven work experience of three years or signed articles of three years. SAIGA supports and promotes the recognition of prior learning (RPL). Therefore, RPL can be granted as part of GASP training and RGA QE board exams. Haremakale Ramakhetheng can be contacted by email at [email protected] for any question related to the RPL and to be accepted in the profession by the RPL route.
Become a member of SAIGA
Membership requirements for joining SAIGA may vary from individual to individual based on work experience, as membership categories cover practicing professionals, academics, full-time students, and professionals. not in exercise. One can become a member of SAIGA by visiting https://www.membership.saiga.co.za/Account/Register, or email Mandisa Mboshana at [email protected]
Other contributions of SAIGA to society
SAIGA publishes the academic scientific research journal Southern African Journal of Accountability and Accounting Research (SAJAAR), which is fully accredited by the National Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). The aim of SAJAAR, published annually in November / December, is to advance academic research and debate on topics related to accountability and audit. Volume 21 of SAJAAR 2021 will be officially launched to the public in January 2022.
In 2021, SAIGA also presented its first annual conference on the theme Citizens First and each year the SAIGA conference will deliver solutions that capture the needs of society, in particular an improvement of the public sector in terms of governance, good ethical conduct, skills, new knowledge, skills and better ways of doing things. SAIGA has already started sharing a speaker podcast series with a whitepaper slated for publication ahead of the official launch of the 2022 conference in February 2022.
The year 2022 will see the introduction of the quarterly technical publication of SAIGA, aimed at improving technical capacities and imparting new technical knowledge and skills to existing professionals, academics, ministries, public entities and industry in general in the fields of finance, accounting and auditing. This technical publication will contribute to technical research locally and globally.
The collaboration between SAIGA and Fasset SETA (the sectorial authority for education and training for the finance, accounting, management consulting and other financial services sector) saw the registration of 50 people. having experience in public sector accounting and auditing but did not have or were in the process of obtaining the professional RGA designation.
SAIGA can be contacted via WhatsApp: 0695387276, Tel: 0120040741, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Email: [email protected]
– Russel Morena is the CEO of SAIGA
About the Institute of Government Auditors of Southern Africa
SAIGA is a professional, non-profit organization serving the public interest. Since its inception in 1988, SAIGA’s role and functions have been to serve the public sector and society by advancing public accountability and auditing in its broadest sense. As a professional body, SAIGA represents a unique brand of professionals, Certified Government Auditors (RGAs) in the public sector and academia. The RGA is considered the highest professional designation within public sector auditing.