Why do this course?

SAICA recently made changes to their assessment criteria. One new change is that effective from 1 January 2019 for trainees whose training contracts end after 31 March 2019. This new requirement entails that every trainee must during the course of their training contract complete a compulsory ethics course prior to the trainee’s training contract being signed off. Understand it in association with CA Training have been developing an ethics course which covers this new requirement.

  • This ethics course comprises a number of modules which the trainee can complete during working hours or in his/her own time
  • In each module we have included reading material and a quiz comprising a number of ethical related questions
  • The trainee has up to 45 minutes to read the course material and complete the quiz
  • Immediately after completing each quiz the trainee will receive a result
  • The training officer and/or programme manager will also receive an email which advise whether the trainee successfully complete the quiz and achieved the minimum mark in the quiz (see below)
  • A minimum mark of 70% is required to pass each quiz /module
  • As SAICA’s code of professional conduct is essential for trainees to know and apply in making ethical decisions in each module we have set a requirement for the trainee to read extracts of the COPC prior to completing the next module of the ethics course
  • Prior to commencing the quiz to this module the trainee is required to read pages 33 to 41 of the COPC

As per SAICA’s requirements the course content covers the following indicators:

  • Understand what ethics are
  • Understand why ethics are important
  • Build reputation and trust through ethics in their career and business
  • Understand the consequences of ethical failure
  • Identify what drives ethical choices
  • Understand different values and how they underpin behaviour in the workplace
  • Integrate ethical principles and apply them to scenarios that typically arise in the accounting industry
  • Use practical tools to help improve ethical behavior
  • Make ethical decisions in complex situations
  • Understand the role of the chartered accountant in ensuring ethical and effective governance in organizations and his/her responsibilities in this regard
  • Build an ethical culture in organizations and understand his/her responsibilities in this regard Understands the implications of the Code of Professional Conduct