External Auditor


What does a person in this occupation do?

An auditor is an independent professional who conducts external audits of companies. An auditor would typically audit the accounting systems, procedures and financial statements of a company, and would evaluate the way in which the company manages corporate funding and financial risk. An auditor would also ensure that a company complies with all the legal requirements of its business and that tax payments are correct and in line with tax legislation and requirements.


Alternate Occupation Names

Audit and Assurance Manager
Forensic Auditor / Investigator
Project Auditor
Public Accountant


Professional designations:

Registered Auditor (RA) Chartered Accountant (CA)

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Study path:

To become an auditor you must follow the study path of a Chartered Accountant (the audit specialisation stream) and as part of that study path you must pass the final Qualifying Examination that is set by the Independent Registration Board for Auditors (IRBA).

Professional bodies:

Auditors must be Chartered Accountants with membership of (SAICA) and they must be registered as auditors with the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA).