PC - APT APC Programme

With APTitude
• The new SAICA APC has replaced the PPE and the
Part II Finance Examination
• The APC is an assessment of professional competence,
with a focus on:
– Integration of technical skills for all disciplines
– Pervasive skills such as communication
• Candidates are required to complete and pass
a Professional Programme accredited by SAICA
The APC is an assessment of professional competence.
Our Professional Competence Programme
is accredited by SAICA
• Strives for excellence
• Is the established leading “Part II” presenter
• Operates nationally
- (And in Zimbabwe and Namibia)
• Has met its goals over 15 years
• Developed our APC Programme for 2½ years
before running the Programme in 2014
• The APT Professional Competence Programme is not a board
• Professional Competence is fundamentally different to skills
already developed in academic programmes
• The Programme :
– Addresses candidates’ requirements
– Develops Professional Competence
– Gives candidates the best possible chance of passing the APC
The Programme addresses
candidates’ requirements
Professional Competence is
fundamentally different
APT Presenters
Members of our team were involved in the
development of the SAICA model
We researched the new model extensively
Our team:
Two different formats
• Blended learning - Online supported by regular contact sessions
• Fully online, supplemented by:
– Video recordings of contact sessions.
– Podcasts
– One-day Workshops in strategic areas.
Blended Learning
• Significant component of direct, face to face contact with
• National basis with contact sessions planned for Bloemfontein,
Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Port Elizabeth
• Limited contacts in other centers
(Depending on student numbers)
• Contact sessions at EY on Monday evenings
Language Policy
• Course Material available in both English and Afrikaans
• Assessments may be written in either English or Afrikaans
• We present Public Course Contact Sessions in Afrikaans in
Johannesburg and Pretoria
• Afrikaans speaking EY Candidates may elect to attend these
Afrikaans sessions
SAICA APC Exam Format
• Candidates receive pre-released information
• Candidates have a period to analyse the pre-released information,
conduct research, revise technical knowledge and prepare for the
• Additional information and the required are provided on the day
• Candidates will have 8 hours
– Although set as a 5 hour examination
• Assessment rubric is according to levels of professional
competence. - “Not competent” to “Highly competent”
Candidates receive pre-released information and analyse the pre-released
information, conduct research, revise technical knowledge and prepare for
the assessment
Additional information and the required are provided on the day
Our Programme
• Six modules that simulate the SAICA APC with real life case
• Tracking system that enables students and supervisors
(employers) to monitor:
– Progress on the programme
– Competency development
• Follow up on the tracking system
where problems are encountered
• Online query facilities
Our Case Studies
• The core of our Programme
• Simulate experience on comprehensive integrated professional
• Provide understanding of the process
and the grading methodology
• Seven Case Studies
– Development
– Assessments
– Revision
• In beide taale
Our Case Studies provide understanding of the process
and the grading methodology
Our Case Studies
Candidates are required to:
• Understand the business environment, the business sector and
the business entity
• Apply a wide range of technical
knowledge in a fully integrated
• Explore strategy, risk
management and governance
• Use a wide range of
professional competencies
Our 2015 Programme
• Is based on our highly successful
2014 Programme.
• And positive and constructive feedback
throughout our 2014 Programme
• 99% of our 2014 students were eligible
to write the SAICA APC
Module 1
• Development
• Case study 1
• Detailed guidance
– Two large lecture sessions
– Three small group sessions
• Students complete ongoing self assessments
Modules 2 and 3
• Further development
• Case study 2
• Two Classes provide guidance
• Online self assessments and query facilities
• Candidates who fail
– Attend additional contact sessions
– Re-write a “Supplementary Assessment”
Case Study 3
Module 4 and 5
• Limited formal guidance - One contact session
• Case Study 4 is Self Study Practice
• Online self assessments and query facilities
• Case Study 5 is the Final Assessment
• Candidates who fail
– Re write a “Supplementary Assessment” Case Study 6
Module 6
• Final preparation (“Board Course”)
• Self assessed case study – Case Study 7
• Two contact sessions
• Online self assessment
and query facilities available
throughout all four modules
PPM and CPD Modules
The Programme includes (at no extra cost):
A CPD Module on Recent Developments
A Professional Profile Management Module
• Candidates who:
– Have passed ITC
– Will have 20 month’s traineeship by November 2015
• Candidates Register online - http://www.apcprogramme.co.za
• Open 31 January 2015
• Closes shortly before course commences: 7 April 2015
Course Outline
Provisional Course Outline - 2015
Class 1
Week beginning Monday 20 April
Class 2
Week beginning Monday 4 May
Class 3
Week beginning Monday 11 May
Class 4
Week beginning Monday 25 May
Class 5
Week beginning Monday 1 June
Class 6
Week beginning Monday 8 June
Class 7
Class 8
Week beginning Monday 13 July
Wednesday 29 July 2015
Week beginning Monday 17 August
Wednesday 2 September
Monday 5 October
Class 9
Week beginning Monday 12 October
Class 10
Week beginning Monday 26 October
Saturday 20 June 2015
Wednesday 18 November - Provisional
• Two Case Studies used as Formal Assessments
• Must pass the first assessment to gain entry to the second
• Supplementary if fail
• Support classes if writing supplementary
Online Registration
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Outcomes (1 of 2)
• The Programme is designed to provide candidates with:
– The skills required for the specific learning objectives set out in relevant
SAICA Guidelines concerning the Assessment of Professional Competence.
– The opportunity to consolidate technical competence learned in prior
academic programmes and professional competence gained to date in
– Access to a formal learning environment within which professional
competence can be further developed and business knowledge can be
– The ability to demonstrate and apply technical knowledge in an analytical
and practical manner.
– The ability to extract knowledge from various sources in order to solve
multiple topic problems.
Outcomes (2 of 2)
– The ability to identify information relevant to a particular problem by
distinguishing the relevant from the irrelevant in a given body of data.
– The ability to identify and prioritise problems in a multi-problem situation.
– An appreciation for and understanding of various alternatives and the role of
– The ability to integrate diverse areas of knowledge and skills.
– The ability to communicate effectively by formulating realistic
recommendations in a concise and logical manner.
– The ability to present motivated solutions to complex issues.
– A knowledge of, and commitment to, professional ethics.
– The ability to be lifelong learners

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