Namibia Graduate School of Accounting
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  Welcome to the Namibia Graduate School of Accounting  
Background
The ratio of Chartered Accountants to the population of Namibia is at the moment lagging behind that of the most prominent economies in the SADC region, South Africa, Botswana etc. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Namibia (ICAN) and the principals of the four major audit firms (Deloitte & Touche, Ernst and Young, KPMG/SGA, PricewaterhouseCoopers) recognised that it will be a significant challenge to increase this ratio. These companies agreed that it is necessary to increase the number of Chartered Accountants available to the Namibian economy, in order to achieve the objectives of Vision 2030 and to be competitive in the SADC region.
 
Passing the Certificate in the Theory of Accountancy (CTA) has historically proven to be a difficult challenge for Namibian trainee accountants.

Two aspects to this challenge have been identified:
 
Firstly the standard of most local accounting graduates does not meet the requirements to successfully proceed from local graduate studies to foreign or distance post graduate studies.

Secondly, at present no tertiary education institution in Namibia offers a local CTA course, and as a result students or trainee accountants have only two alternatives to obtain the qualification. They may pursue studies either through a distance learning programme, generally undertaken whilst in full-time employment, or alternatively through full-time studies at a South African residential university. The distance education route is very difficult given the volume of work that is covered in the CTA programmes coupled with the intrinsic difficulties of studying part-time while employed on a full-time basis. In addition, fees for studies in foreign countries are extremely high and trainee accountants wanting to follow the full-time route thus face the constraints of finding the funding for full-time study as well as gaining entry into a residential university in South Africa.
 

In early August 2006 ICAN submitted a project proposal that the two institutions combine their expertise and resources to address the above mentioned challenges.

 
This resulted in the signing of a cooperation agreement between the PON and ICAN on 14 November 2006 to establish the Namibia Graduate School of Accounting at the Polytechnic of Namibia to offer intensive learning support to Namibian CTA candidates.
 
NGSA students were previously required to register for the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) Post Graduate Diploma (PGDA) CTA Intermediate and PGDA CTA Advanced programmes. The University of KwaZulu Natal unfortunately discontinued their Intermediate Accounting Distance Learning programme in 2010.
 

As of January 2011 alternative arrangements made for NGSA students required them to register for the Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting Sciences (DIPAC) and the Hons BCompt (CTA) at the University of South Africa (UNISA) for admission to the learning support offered for these programmes at the NGSA.

 
AS OF JANUARY 2012 A FULLY FLEDGED POLYTECHNIC OF NAMIBIA (PON) QUALIFICATION IN ACCOUNTANCY THE ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN THE THEORY OF ACCOUNTING (ADTA) 1 YEAR WAS INTRODUCED

About the Programme

This programme has been purposefully designed to prepare students who completed their B.Tech/BCom Accounting degrees (NQF Level 7 or equivalent) at institutions that are not accredited by SAICA, and /or the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Namibia (ICAN).

The ADTA programme is endorsed by ICAN and is on offer on the full-time and part-time modes at the Polytechnic of Namibia at the Windhoek Campus.

Who can apply

- Students who completed their Accounting degrees (NQF Level 7 or equivalent) at institutions that are not accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).


- Students who completed their accounting degrees (NQF level 7 or equivalent) at a SAICA accredited tertiary institution i.e. universities in South Africa, but did not qualify for entry into their Post Graduate CTA programmes.

 
AGREEMENT WILL ENSURE MORE NAMIBIAN CAs
Dr. Tjama Tjivikua, Rector of the Polytechnic, and Koos duToit, CEO of ICAN, exchange agreements with James van Rooi,Project Co-ordinator of the NGSA, looking on.
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