SAICA charts way forward for the higher education sector

SAICA members at MUT

The Mangosuthu University of Technology’s Department of Accounting and Law has been granted accreditation to offer eight Accounting Technician qualifications. The accreditation for these qualifications was granted by SAICA, who have been delegated authority by the QCTO. The approved programmes range from NQF Level 3 to NQF Level 5. While the university has been granted accreditation until 30 June 2024, annual quality assurance visits will be conducted to confirm that the accreditation can still remain in place year on year.

In a letter to MUT, the accrediting body confirmed that the institution was “accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) to offer the Accounting Technician qualifications”. MUT will start offering the eight programmes in 2020. The last achievement date for these qualifications will be 30 June 2027.

Sikhumbuzo Mhlongo, Acting Head of the Department said MUT applied for accreditation and was successful it in its first attempt. “I communicated with colleagues to assist me with all the necessary information, and also consulted all the applicable University polices. We are now going to offer the Accounting Technician qualifications at NQF Levels 4 and 5, to Grade 12 Accounting candidates who have not gained entry into Higher Education institutions. These qualifications were previously offered in partnership with other organisations but MUT are now able to deliver the qualifications independently. MUT staff will undergo training in June/July to ensure a high quality of learning delivery,” said Mhlongo.  Mhlongo added that they were going to teach the programme to government officials as well.