CA(SA) Training Programme

Why Standard Bank CA (SA) Training Programme?
Benefits to trainees


Standard Bank CA (SA) Training Programme (previously known as TOPP)
The CA (SA) Training Programme is a training route for accounting trainees who want to qualify as chartered accountants (SA).

The TOPP Programme was established in July 1997, motivated by the move of qualified CAs (SA) to the private industry and has grown to produce a number of chartered accountants. The name has since been changed to the CA (SA) Training Programme. On the CA (SA) Training Programme, training is provided through commerce and industry, as opposed to the traditional route of audit firms.

CA (SA) Training Programme candidates specialise in financial management rather than auditing. As the trainees are being trained to become well-rounded chartered accountants, a major part of their training includes financial accounting, management accounting, information and taxation.

SAICA governs and controls the training and also restricts the training to approved companies.

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Why Standard Bank CA (SA) Training Programme?

Standard Bank is one of South Africa's leading banking and financial services groups; it has divisions in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa.

Trainees on our CA (SA) Training Programme receive quality technical and managerial training to prepare them for future roles as business leaders. It engenders a learning culture within the vibrant financial services sector to ensure professionalism and growth in leadership and technical abilities.

Our CA (SA) Training Programme not only re-enforces prior academic education, but also helps trainees to develop business acumen, life skills and professional and ethical values. Important networks are also established with business unit directors and line managers to facilitate future career paths.

Our Group Finance function is responsible for the group's CA (SA) Training Programme and the Group Financial Director takes a personal interest in the development of trainees on the programme.

Mentors, who are qualified chartered accountants, are allocated to trainees to monitor their progress and assist with their personal development. Our CA (SA) Training Programme also has a growing alumnus of trainees who share their experience with new trainees.

Our CA (SA) Training Programme is proud of its academic achievements. Trainees on the programme consistently achieve excellent pass rates in the board exams.

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Benefits to trainees

During the article period we offer trainees:

  • Highly competitive salaries
  • Attractive study and normal leave
  • Management and personal skills training
  • Finance for further studies

Our trainee accountants are full-time employees and qualify for corporate benefits like pension, medical aid and other banking- related benefits. Bonuses and increases are awarded at least annually and are based on individual performance as well as that of the Standard Bank Group.

Trainees have also been placed on secondment in the group's international operations in London. These international secondments encourage trainees to develop a global outlook on matters relating to the group.

Every trainee is allocated a qualified CA (SA) mentor, to guide the trainee in his professional development.

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SAICA requires trainees to gain experience during their articles in the following broad areas:

  • Financial accounting
  • Financial management
  • Taxation
  • Internal audit
  • IT

Time allocated to each area and the level of experience is prescribed by SAICA, as listed on the SAICA syllabi. Click here to view.

The training takes place at our head office in Johannesburg and business units within which trainees are rotated include:

  • Financial Accounting,
  • Tax,
  • Internal Audit,
  • Credit
  • Structured Finance,
  • Project Finance,
  • Corporate Finance,
  • Treasury,
  • Properties
  • Global Markets
  • Africa Finance
  • Derivatives Trading, as well as
  • Finance functions of the group's major business units.

Standard Bank?s CA (SA) Training Programme offers a challenging training platform, with frequent rotations to ensure exposure to different technical areas and specialist business units. Chartered accountants and other professionals supervise trainees. Trainees also have the opportunity to explore various divisions in the bank to establish which area of specialisation they would like to follow after completion of their articles.

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To qualify for our CA (SA) Training Programme all candidates must have completed (or be in their final year of completing) a Certificate in Theory in Accounting (CTA) which will enable them to write the qualifying board exam.

  • Applications for the 2011 intake close on the 30 April 2010. We are currently implementing structures for the 2011 intake and beyond, and will communicate the application procedure in due course on this web page and through university campus visits.
  • Click here to apply

Please contact us for more information on how to join the winning team and explore the core of the financial services industry.

TOPP Human Resources Representative
Group Finance
5 Simmonds 9th floor reception 5
Telephone: 011- 636 7091
Fax 011- 631 8120

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