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Annual Practice Licence

Creating awareness of the professional duties applicable to BAP (SA)s and confirming their commitment to professionalism.

R2500/Available free to BAP (SA)s
Category Practice Management
Accredited SAIBA
CPD Hours 10
Effort For Part 1: Immediate. Part 2 : 30 Hours
Duration 1 Hour/30 Hours
Format Self-study
Level Moderate
Assessment Yes
Supervised No
Pre-Entry No
Tuition Optional
Study Material Yes

What you will learn

By completing the APL Part I and Part II you will be able to: 

  • Part I:  
    • Display your APL certificate in Social Media.   
    • Perform permitted work at all lockdown levels.  
    • Confirm that you are capable to perform essential financial and other permitted services as per regulations issued in terms of the Disaster Management Act, 57 of 2002.  
    • Confirm that you are competent to assist SMEs with relief funding applications. 
  • Part II: 
    • Showcase your commitment to professionalism. 
    • Understand and apply the various rules of conduct applicable to accountants. 

Study Units

• declare that your SAIBA membership is in good standing.

• confirm your CPD hours are up to date.

• commit to adhering to, and upholding the SAIBA constitution, codes of ethics, and engagement standards.

• commit to completing Part II of the APL within 6 months of receiving your initial Annual Practice Licence.

• declare that you understand the conditions under which this Annual Practice Licence is issued and commit to using it in an ethical manner.

• declare that you have read the SAIBA Guide for Alert Level 4.

• Ethics

  • Handbook of the Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants issued by the IESB. 
  • SAIBA powers as a controlling body to monitor and sanction compliance to standards of member conduct.  

• Reporting Engagements

  • SAIBA Guide for Accounting Officers. 

• NPO Engagements

  • Non-profit Organisations Act, 1997. 
  • SAIBA Guide for Accounting Officers. 
  • SAIBA Working Paper Guide for NPO engagements.

• Commissioner of Oaths 

  • Justices of the Peace and Commissioners of Oaths Amendment Act, 1963 
  • Government Gazette R421 dated 30 May 2014. 
  • SAIBA Guide on Commissioner of Oaths. 

• Immigration Certificates

  • Immigration Act 13 of 2002 and regulations.
  • SAIBA Guide to Immigration Engagements. 

• CPD Policy

  • SAIBA CPD policy. 
  • SAIBA CPD guide. 

• Non-Compliance with laws and regulations

  • IESB Code of Ethics on non-compliance with laws and regulations, or NOCLAR. 
  • SAIBA NOCLAR Declaration. 

• SMME Guide to Practice Management 

  • IFAC Guide to Practice Management for Small-and Medium-Sized Practices. 

• Engagements: International Standards

  • Handbook of International Quality Control, Auditing, Review, Other Assurance, and Related Services Pronouncements issued by the IAASB. 


  1. Members must hold a Business Accountant in Practice (BAP) (SA) designation.   
  2. BAP(SA) must be in good standing.  
  3. BAP(SA) must be up to date with CPD.  
  4. Moderate level. 


As a Business Accountant in Practice (SA) you have an obligation to act with the necessary care, skill and diligence expected of an accounting professional.  

Based on your membership with SAIBA and your BAP(SA) designation you received a licence from the CIPC and SAQA that allows you to provide the services of an Independent Accounting Professional and Accounting Officer to the general public.  

This licence is provided exclusively to you because you have committed to always act professionally and in a manner that protects the public.  

SAIBA is your professional body and must provide annual reports to CIPC and SAQA on how we monitor your commitment to professional conduct. The way we collect information for our report is through the SAIBA Annual Practice Licence (APL).  


Considering recent developments regarding Covid-19 restrictions, SAIBA has split its APL requirements into two parts. 

  • Part I  of the APL requires that the member declares their compliance with all APL requirements and is issued an Annual Practice License. 
    • You will receive a Practice License certificate after completing Part I. This does not allocate any CPD hours.  
  • Part II requires the member to complete the series of APL assessments designed to refresh their specialist knowledge across key areas within 6 months of having received their Annual Practice License. 
    • You will receive an additional Practice License certificate after completing Part II. This will confirm the CPD hours obtained.  


Who should attend? 

This license is appropriate for: 

  • Business Accountants in Practice (SA) 



The course is available on the following dates: 

  • Part 1: Immediately  
  • Part 2: From 11 May 2020 



No presenters are provided as this is a self-study course.  


Additional material  

By attending this course, you will be provided with:  

  • Assessments
  • Reference documents and/or course material where available 


Which Subscription

This event is included in the following subscription packages. If you are not a subscriber, you need to purchase as a stand-alone event.   

  • Accountant in Practice: No 
  • Accountant in Practice plus tax: No 
  • Bookkeeper: No 
  • Quickupdate: No 
  • IFRS for SME webinar series: No 


How to subscribe 

Subscribers pay less for their CPD points. SAIBA offers 4 subscription packages that provides access to everything to run a successful accounting and tax practice. Pay a small monthly amount and gain access to monthly webinars covering ethics, financials, reporting, audit and assurance, working papers, law, technology, management topics, and tax. 

Click here to choose your subscription option.