Is Unisa’s Accounting Course Accredited?



Students wanting to obtain a diploma or degree are required to make significant sacrifices of time and money to achieve their academic goals. However, what happens when students make these sacrifices but are not sure if their qualification is accredited?




The University of South Africa (Unisa) has come out in defence of their accounting programmes after their accreditation status came into question recently.

Unisa has assured its students, both past and present, that their accounting programmes are accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). SAICA is the official accreditation body for accounting in the country.

The University's College of Accounting Sciences (CAS) says their accounting courses are still strong, credible and well-respected in the market.

They explained that a panel from SAICA visited the university in September 2021. This was done at the request of Unisa’s CAS for the continued accreditation of its programs by SAICA.

“The application arose as a result of the college’s primary aim to continuously improve its programme offerings to students and to ensure that they remain relevant and aligned to the needs of the market and current trends in the accounting profession” explained the university.  

Unisa said the panel expressed appreciation for the programmes being offered by Unisa’s CAS and the role it plays in accounting education in South Africa. They added that it is normal for accreditation bodies to evaluate programmes and identify areas where a specific programme can be improved.

    The university added that they are working closely with accreditation bodies to ensure performance plans that were agreed to are implemented in stipulated time frame so their accreditation status can be maintained.

    “We assure you, our valued student and Alumnus, that the accreditation of all our SAICA programmes is not under any threat whatsoever” concluded Unisa.

    Current Review Processes Are Underway For The Following Unisa Accounting Programmes

    • Bachelor of Accounting Sciences in Financial Accounting
    • Advanced Diploma in Accounting Sciences
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting Sciences
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Accounting Science





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