50 things to do before you become a Chartered Accountant

27 May

This piece is entirely superficial, but enlightening too. So since you have read to this point, please go untill pint #50.

1. Believe me this is an exposure draft (ED) “Lessons for aspiring Chartered Accountants”

2. You have to know it because it will soon be an Accounting Standard, whether you like it or not.

3. Ooops you don’t know what an exposure draft is.

4. Propose a standard for IASB.

5. Be a fresher at one of the South African Universities.

6. Make sure you know how to write the word CHARTERED before you apply for admission at any University; you’ll be surprised how many aspiring Chartered Accountants don’t know how to write this word.

7. Read the business Section of WEEKLY newspaper.

8. Read annual financial statements at least once a year.

9. Apply for vacation work at Ezweni communications.

10. This is the 10th thing to do before you qualify as a Chartered Accountant.

11. You better like Information Systems because it brings you the beauty of PASTEL|ACCOUNTING.

12. Visit SAICA Headquarters at Bruma Lake, Johannesburg.

13. Print a T-Shirt with a sweet line on the back “Aspiring Chartered Accountant”.

14. Make use of your Fridays drinking wine, only people with class enjoy the privileges.

15. Tutorials, tutorials oh my gosh…..

16. The letter CA (SA) is contagious, even the drama students want to be Chartered Accountants.

17. Actuarial Science students hate Accounting students, don’t be bothered by this; they are silly they want to integrate the word CA (SA) by part.

18. Avoid Science students, especially chemist their theories don’t exist in the Accounting world.

19. Be a friend with a humanities student, they are helpful when it comes to ethics essays.

20. Avoid the notice board, especially after the release of the accounting results, you’ll collapse.

21. Do vacation work as much as you can.

22. Read accounting journals especially Accountancy SA.

23. Be as friendly as you can during your articles especially to the front desk assistants, they will tip you on the behaviour of the company’s FD.

24. If Ezweni Communication is your client, be super friendly to Queen Moroka.

25. Visit SAICA website atleast once a week.

26. Write an accounting love letter to SAICA President Matsobane Matlwa.

27. Be on the SAICA marketing campaign “Escape the job from hell- be a CA (SA)”

28. Spam Chantyl Mulder, Mandi Olivier and Nazeeer Wadee, they are helpful people at SAICA.

29. Don’t forget IAS 69 “Accounting for girlfriends” it’s very important for a SUPPLEMENTARY exam.

30. Remember what I said about the notice board?

31. Join the facebook group when I am big I want to be a CA.

32. Never be friends with Medics, their way of thinking is totally unacceptable. They are going to diagnose you with Accounting Syndrome.

33. Bother Nthato Selebi to increase the damn Thuthuka allowance.

34. Pass your exams as if you want to be an academic trainee.

35. Make sure that you graduate with a BCom,BAcc or BBusSci Degree.

36. Make sure that you cram the entire PGDA/Honours syllabus.

37. Enter into a training contract and never report for work.

38. Exercise hard to pass QE 1.

39. During your honours, don’t worry about fees. FASSET will come to your rescue.

40. When you encounter relationship problems, remind your partner that the designation is waiting for you.

41. And that means you have a secured financial future, are you sure?

42. Associate yourself with the following abbreviations SAICA, CA (SA), IRBA.

43. Are you on track, remember you not reading an accounting standard.

44. Convince your employer to register you for a board course.

45. You passed QE 1 by luck, now all you have to do is hire Joel Santana to be your Audit partner.

46. The salary gradually increases and the motivation does the same.

47. Pass QE 2 and terminate Joel Santana’s contract.

48. Motivate yourself by acknowledging the fact that there is a severe shortage of Chartered Accountants.

49. You are getting there, relax finish your Audit hours.

50. Qualify as a CA (SA), Celebrate and esCAlate……


Posted by on May 27, 2010 in Business


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14 responses to “50 things to do before you become a Chartered Accountant

  1. Sikhumbuzo

    October 5, 2010 at 12:53 am

    This is so fantastics, Im going to paste it on my wall


    April 13, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Hi i have always wanted to be CA but to go and study it in the University, financialy problems was my first obsticle i could not go through it.

    • Dumi-rocks

      April 14, 2011 at 12:02 am

      Molo Mongezi

      Please check if you do not qualify for financial assistance with the university you want to do your degree at. Ensure that the university is accredited by SAICA as well.

      All the best!!!

  3. ashish

    March 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I assume to become a chartered accountant when i grow up and i am sure about it.i am in 11th now.can u please give me some ideas to ensure a chartered accountancy degree.

    • Dumi-rocks

      March 29, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Ashish do you mean that you are 11 or you in Grade 11. I am not a Chartered Accountant, but a general accounting student. However what I can tell you is that determination and discpline do guarantee success!

      All the best.

  4. Sheldon Kuppan

    August 22, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    amazing read

  5. Tshegofatso Hama

    August 8, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    What a great encouragement, being a CA is my destination, no matter what the medics say # ‘aspiring CHARTERED Accountant’ thank you

    • Dumi-rocks

      August 11, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Hey Tshego, Go fourth and conquer!!!

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  7. Jodi

    October 13, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Hi , I found this blog both insightful and humorous. I intend to use these ’50 things to do’ before becoming a chartered accountant in the future as i progress through my upcoming years of study. These 50 points are helpful as they are true and I am able to relate to them. Accounting is challenging however there are man rewards that come with it.

  8. Christle Harry

    November 20, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Thee best 50 points by far …


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