CA Programme

Be part of the Sum

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Be Out of the Ordinary and be part of the sum by developing your skills as part of the Investec CA Programme. As a trainee you’re encouraged to think and be Out of the Ordinary, and offer a solid grounding for your future CA career. 

Ongoing support

With the support of our dedicated CA Programme team, our trainees come out top of the class. The programme is run by a dedicated team who support your academic progression through the SAICA qualifying examinations (ITC & APC)*.  To help you along the way, there is access to an accredited board course, exam technique  sessions and personalised tuition when required. 

CA Programme structure

You will complete six-monthly rotations with different business units, primarily based in our Johannesburg office. These will expose you to multiple facets of the business and have the opportunity to learn from experts in each area. Your experience will involve on-the job training and educational simulations. Find out more about how you will work in our various businesses and possibly have the option to work in one of our global offices.

Find out what it takes to become part of the sum

  • What Investec is looking for

    What Investec is looking for in a CA Programme candidate

  • A day in the life

    A day in the life of an Investec CA Programme trainee

  • Our Culture

    Why culture is important at Investec

  • Your three-year journey

    Your three-year journey

Find out what it takes to become part of the sum

What Investec is looking for
A day in the life
Our Culture
Your three-year journey
Tumelo Shakung Investec CA grad
'My rotation through different business units every six months, enabled me to deepen my learning and broaden my perspective. I was also able to forge good relationships and strong networks with a diversity of colleagues.'

Tumelo Shakung, CA trainee

Distinctive Learning & Development

Entrepreneurial spirit

At Investec, we have a strong entrepreneurial culture and encourage each individual to take ownership of their own learning journey. We believe this stimulates extraordinary performance and empowers the talented people that we employ.

Enabling individuals

Investec is committed to growing and developing each individual. When it comes to the unique SAICA requirements that govern the Chartered Accountant profession in South Africa, we offer an out of the ordinary induction, customised learning interventions and simulated learning initiatives.

An opportunity to work abroad


Our CA Programme offers you the invaluable opportunity of working in global markets. Every participant in the programme has the chance to experience working at our London, Sydney, Zurich or Hong Kong office.

Lloyd Mlungisi Radebe
‘Investec's flat structure has offered me an opportunity to work with key people in the organisation. The highlight of my experience was the six months that I spent in London.’

Lloyd Mlungisi Radebe, CA Programme alumni

CA Programme FAQs

  • I have heard about doing my articles in Auditing (TIPP) and doing my articles in Financial Management (TOPP); please explain the difference between the two?

    To qualify as a CA, there are two main routes: the auditing route or the financial management option. Neither one is ‘better’ than the other. Both are equally rigorous. The difference lies not in the routes themselves, but in which one best suits your career plans. Regardless of the route you select, you will qualify as a Chartered Accountant. 
  • Is it possible to study part-time whilst working at Investec completing my articles?

    You need to have passed your CTA to be eligible. 
  • Who can apply for the Investec CA Programme?

    • Students who have obtained a relevant SAICA accredited undergraduate degree with consistently good academic results and are eligible to register for a CTA, PGDA or Honours in Accountancy
    • Students who have passed pure Maths at matric level
    • Full time students
    • Students of the Thuthuka Bursary Fund are not eligible to apply
    • Students who are currently serving articles are not eligible to apply
    • South African citizens - Investec wishes to encourage and promote South Africans to further their studies and qualifications in the hope that they will contribute significantly to the economic development of the country and to fully participate in the broader South African society. If you are not a South African citizen we we require a copy of a valid work permit in order to process your application. Please upload this with your documents.
  • When do CA Programme applications open/close?

    Applications for the Investec CA Programme open on 1 December and close on 15 March every year for entry into the Programme the following year.
  • How do I go about applying for the CA Programme?

    Applications for the CA Programme open 1 December and close on 15 March 2018. You will need the following documents in order to complete your application:
    • A copy of your CV
    • Martic certificate
    • Academic Transcripts
    • ID
    • Headshot image of yourself
    Click here to apply
  • What is the starting salary of a trainee?

    It is market-related.
  • I have completed a 6 month course/Diploma in Accounting, what are the next steps to becoming a CA?

    • In order to become a CA, you need to have studied an Accounting-related degree at a relevant SAICA accredited university, which will allow you to further your education towards a CA(SA) qualification. 
    • It is important to obtain your CTA/PGDA/Honours in Accounting and secure a 3 year training contract at a firm/bank.
    • Within these 3 years, you will be required to write and pass two board exams, after which you would then be eligible to register with SAICA as a CA(SA).
  • I studied at a university outside of South Africa, would I be able to join the Investec CA Programme?

    In order to be eligible, you need to have studied at a SAICA-accredited university.
  • I am a non-South African student studying at UJ/WITS/UCT etc, would I qualify for your programme?

    Investec wishes to encourage and promote South Africans to further their studies and qualifications in the hope that they will contribute significantly to the economic development of the country and to fully participate in the broader South African society.
    If you are not a South African citizen we require a copy of a valid work permit in order to process your application. Please upload this with your documents. 
  • Could I join the programme with a CIMA/ACCA qualification? Do you offer training for CIMA/ ACCA students?

    We require you to have studied towards a CA(SA) qualification, as our programme is regulated by SAICA, and it is tailor made for people studying towards this specific qualification
    Investec offers articles to people studying towards a CA(SA) qualification. 
  • Is there an age limit to the programme?

    There is no age limit to apply to the CA Programme 
  • SAICA board exam changes

    In 2006 the SAICA Board initiated a review of the qualification process with specific reference to the relevance of the CA in the future. This resulted in a review of the Part I exam (ITC), as well as review of the Part II exam (APC) to ensure the appropriate assessment of technical and professional competence.
    As of 2014, changes were made and have taken effect which resulted in all trainees completing their articles at an Audit firm (previously TIPP) and all trainees completing their articles at a financial institution (previously TOPP) will complete the same ITC exam and the same APC exam.
    It is therefore important to note that the PPE (Public Practice Examination) and Part II – Financial Management Exam was discontinued from 2014 and was replaced with the APC exam. Please refer to SAICA’s website for further information.
  • I am struggling to upload my documents on the website, please advise/can you assist/ is there an alternative way of submitting these?

    You need to submit your application online. Click here to start the application process.
    • Please make sure the following steps are taken to ensure the ease of submission of your documentation.
    • Once the form is loaded, please be sure to complete the necessary information requested.
    • Please note, that all documents required must be added in order to submit the application. The document types accepted by Investec are explained on the application form.
    • You will be able to save your application form progress and will be emailed a link for you to continue with the application process at a later stage. This link will expire on the closing date of applications.
    • To complete the form, click on the submit application button at the bottom of the page. You may be prompted to provide missing information before submitting. Please do so and complete. The application will then upload the relevant documents and submit the associated form and you will receive an email confirming that your application has been submitted. 
    • Should you have difficulties submitting your application form, please email our CA Programme team [email protected]

Other CA Programme offerings

Whilst on the CA Programme, you can integrate with the CAres initiative. You will received support from exam technique specialists, have access to Investec leadership, and have the opportunity to work in one of our global offices.


CA Scholarship

CA Scholarship

Our support is holistic. As a Scholarship recipient, a mentor will be assigned to you, as well as the opportunity to engage with exam technique specialists. You will also have the opportunity to attend Pathfinder, Investec CA Events as well as vacation work, which enables invaluable exposure and experience.
CA Pathfinder

CA Pathfinder

A CA path does not always come with perfectly plotted coordinates. Pathfinder gives you the opportunity to discover the CA path that best suits you.



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Calendar of events

Calendar of Events

Keep up to speed on all important CA Programme dates, from submitting your application to meeting the Investec Grad team at career fairs.

Get in touch with our CA Programme team

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