The CGA-SA designations are all with the exception of general membership in the process of accreditation. There are six levels of accreditations envisaged.
This category of membership is earmarked for university students currently registered for public sector finance qualifications…. These members are considered the future captains of the industry in the making. Every professional sector expects its profession to grow continuously and CGA sees a student chapter as a crucial part of the profession and a future source of professional capacity. These members receives invitations to conferences, seminars, etc. On completion of their studies the members qualifies to be included in the category for members in training.
This category of membership is for all individuals who wish to be part of the organisation and they need not be public finance practitioners nor hold any public finance qualifications…. These are individuals who have an interest in the matters of public finance and may wish to be updated on sector developments, attend the conferences, and also receive general benefits received by other members. All individuals who wish to be part of the professional body may currently join the organisation and continue to receive the benefits. This category is currently open for application and potential members can send their applications.
Level 3 – Awaiting accreditation process
This category of membership involves the recognition of prior learning of government finance officials…. These are individuals who have worked in government finance departments for at least 10 years and are in possession of a matric certificate. These candidates do not wish to study further. They aim for supervisor posts in government. The members will be exposed to a board exam at their level to demonstrate their level of experience including ethical principles and values. Because these individuals are earmarked for supervisor posts, the board exam will also encompass internal controls question in line with the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and Treasury Regulations and Guidelines.
Level 4 – Awaiting accreditation process
This category of membership is mainly for members in training who are in possession of at least a diploma in Public Finance and Accounting…. All members who still have to write the board examination and are still in the process of acquiring the prescribed experience, remains members in training until they pass their relevant board exam.
Level 5 – Awaiting accreditation process
This category of membership is meant strictly for academic members who are presently involved as PFA lecturers at accredited universities…. These members need not acquire the prescribed three years’ experience that other members have to acquire before being certified provided they have been involved in lecturing in PFA for at five years. These members are in possession of at least a Masters or MTech qualification in PFA. These members need to write the board exam and acquire at least the five years lecturing experience before they can be certified.
Level 6 – Awaiting accreditation process
Now these are the fully fleshed members who are in possession of at least Masters or MTech qualification in PFA…. These members have completed their prescribed three years of field experience. They also have passed their board exam and they are finally certified.