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SAICA members - join ICAEW

As a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), you can join ICAEW through our reciprocal membership agreement. You can also apply for a practising certificate and gain audit rights in the UK with our Audit Qualification.

Membership agreement

If you are a current member of the SAICA you can become an ICAEW member through our reciprocal membership agreement and you will not be required to sit the ICAEW aptitude test.

The usual ICAEW admission fee has been waived for applicants who are resident in the UK or Europe, although we welcome applications from any eligible SAICA member and you do not have to be resident in the UK or Europe in order to apply.

Eligibility requirements

To become an ICAEW member you need to:

  • have obtained membership of your home body by complying with its training and examinations requirements
  • provide a Letter of Good Standing from your home institute in support of your application. 
  • maintain membership of your home body
  • comply with ICAEW CPD obligations and submit an annual declaration that you have done so; and
  • comply with ICAEW's Code of Ethics

You do not have to:

  • be resident in the UK or Europe to take up ICAEW membership; or
  • sit the ICAEW aptitude test.

How to apply for ICAEW membership

Letter of Good Standing

All ICAEW membership applications must be supported by a Letter of Good Standing from your home institute. This can be obtained by emailing:

Charles Mokokosi at charlesm@saica.co.za

Admission fee

The usual ICAEW admission fee has been waived for GAA institute members who are resident in the UK or Europe, although we welcome applications from any eligible SAICA members and you do not have to be resident in the UK or Europe in order to apply.

Complimentary six month trial of two Faculties and two Communities

When you join ICAEW you will receive up to six months' complimentary membership to two Faculties and two Communities of your choosing.

Faculties

The ICAEW has eight Faculties, each run by experts in their particular business sector: Audit and Assurance, Corporate Finance, Finance and Management, Financial Reporting, Financial Services, Information Technology, Tax and Faculties Online.

Communities

The ICAEW has 14 Communities covering a range of industries and specialisations: Charity & Voluntary, Energy & Natural Resources, Entertainment, Sport & Media, Farming & Rural Business, Forensic & Expert Witness, Healthcare, Restructuring & Insolvency, Interim Management, Manufacturing, Corporate Governance, Public Sector, Solicitors, Travel, Tourism & Hospitality and Valuation.

Practising certificate

If you intend to practise in the UK or the EC you must apply for a practising certificate. You may only practice as an ICAEW member if you have been a member of SAICA for at least two years.

Audit rights

ICAEW membership does not automatically grant you audit rights in the UK, so if you intend to work in audit during your career we recommend that you apply for the Audit Qualification (AQ) when joining us.