Q1: Given that SAICA has postponed the ITC June 2020 from 24 & 25 June 2020 to 18 & 19 November 2020, what are the implications on the Endunamoo’s ITC June Preparatory Course?
A: The currently running ITC Preparatory Course, ITC Repeaters Course, or ITC Thuthuka’s Repeaters Course (‘collectively referred to as the ITC June Preparatory Course’) is suspended effective Friday, 15 May 2020. This means that the existing timetable, the latest having been Version 6 issued on 5 May 2020 is no longer applicable in its entirety – i.e. tutorial submissions have been suspended, lectures have been suspended and assessments have been suspended.
Q2: I was already a registered candidate into the ITC June Preparatory Course, what does the suspension of the existing course mean for me?
A: We are excited to announce that we will be launching a far more comprehensive programme commencing on 1 June 2020 to assist you ahead of the ITC November 2020. The new programme will be called Endunamoo ITC Accelerated Course.
Q3: How is the ITC Accelerated Course structured?
A: The ITC Accelerated Course shall commence on 1 June 2020 and end on 9 November 2020. The programme shall be structured in five phases (i.e. Phase 1 through to Phase 5) as follows:
- A release of designated CTA2019 videos on a cumulative basis. The CTA2019 videos that are currently made available will be retracted and released on a phased approach to ensure that various priority topics are given enough attention by both the candidates and the lecturers.
- The videos will be supplemented by the delivery of examination technique focused lecture sessions. There will be 2x 3,5 hours evening lecture sessions in each phase, other than for Phase 3 where the discipline ‘Financial Accounting & Reporting’ shall have 3x 3,5 hours evening lecture sessions.
- Each phase will conclude with an integrated assessment. Phases 1 and 2 shall have 2x 100 marks integrated tutorials, Phase 3 will have a 1x 400 marks integrated preparatory examination, Phase 4 will have 4x 100 marks integrated tutorial and Phase 5 will have 1x 400 marks integrated preparatory examination.
- Each integrated assessment will be marked, and detailed feedback provided to the candidates. Thereafter, a post-assessment guidance will be delivered via a 3,5 hours duration review session.
- Prior to the preparatory examination, Phase 5 will take a relook at ITC January 2020 and provided detailed guidance as to how to approach the assessment for revision purposes, and provided a better understanding to those that sat for the assessment and were not successful.
- In each phase, we will invite our former candidates to join us and provide motivational conversations. It is always important to share other’s stories of success to assist us in seeing the “opportunity in difficult situations”.
- A reality check session for candidates that with overall average below 45% at the end of Phase 3 to evaluate challenges experienced by candidates and evaluate what additional support may be required in Phase 4 and Phase 5.
Q4: When does the registration for the ITC Accelerated Course open and when does it close?
A: The registrations for the ITC Accelerated Course open on Tuesday, 19 May 2020 and shall close on Friday, 29 May 2020. No late registration shall be accepted. It is noteworthy that, in line with traditional e-commerce best practices, Endunamoo subscribes to a two-step registration process via our online student portal, at https://portal.endunamoo.co.za/register/. The first step requires a registration of an online user profile is required in order to access our online resources and the second step requires an enrolment into your desired programme, in this case the “ITC Accelerated Course”.
All existing Thuthuka candidates will be automatically enrolled into ITC Accelerated Course by the end of Tuesday, 19 May 2020. Therefore, a separate registration is NOT REQUIRED by existing Thuthuka candidates.
Q5: I had planned to use the next two weeks working through the videos ahead of 1 June 2020, is it possible that I may be granted access as soon as I register for ITC Accelerated Courses?
A: Unfortunately, this will not be possible. The work that is required in order to prepare our systems for registrations and the phased approach of the ITC Accelerated Course is extensive. To ensure that we deliver an intuitive online environment, easy to navigate and that meets the highest standard of professionalism, it is necessary that we dedicate this period to adequately preparing the course for you.
Q6: I was already enrolled into the ITC June Preparatory Course, am I automatically enrolled into the ITC Accelerated Course?
A: All registrations into the ITC June Preparatory Course, and consequently your profile on MyUniverse Portal, will be suspended effective Friday, 15 May 2020. However, your online candidate profile will still be active as to allow you to log in and separately enrol for the ITC Accelerated Course. Once your enrolment is approved, you will have access to the online ITC Accelerated Course and your MyUniverse profile will be reactivated.
Q7: What do I need to do if I do not have a MyUniverse user profile and do I even need it?
A: All our assessments (tutorial downloads, submissions, marking and feedback) as well as the script review process (scripts upload, review and feedback) are facilitated via MyUniverse Portal. Therefore, it is essential that after your enrolment into the ITC Accelerated Course is approved, you dedicate time to register a profile at https://myuniverse.endunamoo.co.za. If all is in good order, our Online Controller will activate your MyUniverse profile within 12 hours following your registration.
Q8: With regards to the release of the designated videos, will I know in advance which videos will be released at each phase?
A: Yes, on Tuesday, 19 May 2020, the ITC Coordinator will make available a detailed guideline outlining all the topics for each discipline that will be released in each phase throughout the ITC Accelerated Course. The guideline will be available on our portal under the course icon, “ITC Accelerated”.
Q9: I would like to plan for the lecture sessions in advance to ensure optimal benefit from them, will a new timetable be released so that I can accordingly plan for the course?
A: Yes, a new timetable for the ITC Accelerated Course will be released by 11h00 on Monday, 18 May 2020. The timetable will outline the dates for the lecture sessions, the submission dates for the assessments and the respective review sessions. The ITC Coordinator will make available the timetable via social media as well as on our portal under the course icon, “ITC Accelerated”. The new timetable will also be emailed to every candidate enrolled into the course.
Q10: The structure seems to prioritise the integrated assessments, is there any reason for this?
A: Integration thinking is now the order of ITC examination. Candidates are increasingly expected to demonstrate their ability to comprehend and address questions in an integrated scenario (simulating a practical business situation). The questions may integrate topics within a discipline or integrate topics across disciplines. In several engagements with SAICA, the need for ITC candidates to come prepared has emphasised and we considered it appropriate to incorporate these to ensure that candidates are well prepared and geared for ITC success in November 2020.
Q11: When will the integrated tutorials be available for download so that I can attempt them well in advance?
A: To ensure a developmental approach, the integrated tutorials will only be issued at the beginning of each phase. This is to ensure that feedback that you have received from the marking team in a previous phase is incorporated into your study approach and future attempt. The release dates of the tutorials will be clearly outlined in the timetable for the ITC Accelerated Course.
Q12: Is the submission of the integrated tutorials compulsory?
A: This goes without saying. However, in the avoidance of doubt, A BIG YES – all tutorials are compulsorily required for submission. However, it is important to note that submission should not be done as a ‘tick box’ exercise, but diligent and quality attempts shall always be produced. It is important that you adhere to the principles of professional due care in attempting and submitting the integrated tutorials.
Q13: How about the preparatory assessments, are they compulsory as well?
A: A BIG YES to this one as well, along with a copy and paste of the response above.
Q14: Given that the submissions of the integrated tutorial and the sitting of the preparatory assessment are compulsory, then the ITC Accelerated Course looks too demanding for me and I am afraid I would not be able to cope, what are my options?
A: In developing the ITC Accelerated Course, the lecturing team took a careful consideration of the difficulty and integrated nature of the ITC examination. The outcome was that we need to best use the additional time provided to adequately prepare you for ITC November 2020 and ensure that your chances of success are optimised. To that end, a feedback-based approach to the ITC Accelerated Course was considered critical to help you develop the skills and competency required for success – such approach require a great deal of application and working through integrated assessments in a controlled environment – and this is the primary philosophy of the ITC Accelerated Course.
We do agree that the programme will be demanding but the reality is that the ITC examination requires such great deal of commitment, as well as rigorous and innovative preparations. Therefore, we are confident that candidates that diligently commit to this rigorous assessment process will secure success come the release of the ITC examination results in February 2021.
However, we do require candidates to carefully assess their personal and work commitments against the demands of the ITC Accelerated Course. All non-essential commitments should be managed out to dedicate increased focus and time towards the preparations of the ITC November 2020. The decision is even more essential because the fees payable to the programme are non-refundable. The last thing we desire is for candidates to enrol into a course from which they will not be able to benefit.
Q15: Will the ITC January 2020 script review process form part of the ITC Accelerated Course?
A: Yes, they would be – this is one of the value-adding elements to the ITC Accelerated Course. Our discussions with SAICA confirmed that they are working at ensuring that the scripts are released to repeating candidates as soon as practicable. We anticipate that this will be done by end of July 2020 and it would take the Endunamoo Professional Team approximately 4 to 6 weeks to finalise the script review process and return detailed feedback to the candidates enrolled into the programme.
Q16: Is there a deadline to submit my scripts for review?
A: Yes, once SAICA commences the release of the scripts, candidates will be given five (5) working days to submit their requests to SAICA. Thereafter, candidates will be given a maximum of three (3) weeks to submit their scripts via MyUniverse Portal for review. A definite deadline will be issued once SAICA starts releasing the scripts to candidates. If a candidate fails to request their scripts within the five (5) working days period, and thereby fail to submit their scripts to Endunamoo for review by the designated deadline, the request for script review shall be rejected. If the request is rejected, Endunamoo has been released from the obligation to review the script and there shall be no adjustment to the fees. Candidates, whose script requests are legitimately delayed, shall be requested to provide a valid proof in an acceptable form of the timely submission of the script request from SAICA.
Q17: I will be enrolling into the ITC Accelerated Course for the first time, what materials should I expect to receive and how long will it take to receive these?
A: The ITC Accelerated Course material pack includes: 1) Detailed lecture notes and lecture example solutions for each of the four major disciplines. 2) Question banks for each of the four primary disciplines and additional question bank with integrated question questions. The material pack is in printed form and is professional packaged for your collection or delivery.
In terms of delivery timelines, we generally dispatch your material within 24 business hours following receipt of your registration fee. The time of receipt is dependent on our external service provider. Given that we are closing date for registrations into the ITC Accelerated Course is Friday, 29 May 2020 with the last payment date for the registration fee being Monday, 31 May 2020, we are confident that deliveries would be completed by Friday, 4 June 2020. For additional information on the delivery of materials, kindly refer to our frequently asked questions on ‘Delivery of Material’.
Q18: If I was registered for the ITC June Preparatory Course and have already received my material (i.e. lecture notes and question banks), should I expect any new material to be issued and printed as part of the ITC Accelerated Course?
A: Apart from the integrated tutorials and preparatory assessments, no additional material will be issued as part of ITC Accelerated Course. The material issued as part of the ITC June Preparatory Course is the same as that for the ITC Accelerated Course. However, you are more than welcome to make requests (in writing via email) for assistance with the printing out of the integrated tutorials and preparatory assessments, and make your own arrangement to come and collect them from our campus (i.e. self-collection ONLY). You may google ‘Endunamoo School of Accounting’ for our location.
Q19: Apart from the integrated tutorials and preparatory assessments, will new materials be issued as part of the ITC Accelerated Course and should we expect delivery of these additional materials?
A: Yes, additional materials in the form of 1) brief discussion notes for the scheduled lecture sessions may be issued, 2) guidance for the ITC January 2020 review session, and 3) any ad-hoc discussion materials that the lecturer may deem appropriate, will be issued during the ITC Accelerated Course. However, no delivery of the materials will be arranged to the candidates. However, the self-collection and printing requests shall be honoured as outlined in the question above.
Q20: Will the ITC Accelerated Course be adjusted to better incorporate the COVID-19 implications on the businesses as I believe that SAICA would put a great emphasis on this given that it is a current and topical matter.
A: As per the ITC examination guidelines, which are publicly available on the SAICA website, the ITC assessment was set in 2019, prior to the outbreak of COVID-19. This means that the case study scenario and/or questions do not directly deal with COVID-19 implications and therefore this will not be emphasised. However, as a rule and as has have been the case in previous ITC assessments, current economic factors should be considered in business decision making processes (e.g. current inflation environment, economic downturn, etc.). Our engagements with SAICA has always confirmed the same with regards the focus on COVID-19.
Q21: Does that mean that the ITC 2020 examinable pronouncements issued in 2019 are still applicable for the ITC November 2020?
A: Yes, the examination regulations issued and that were applicable for ITC January 2020 are still applicable. This means that the syllabus content for ITC November 2020 will exactly reflect that for ITC January 2020.
Q22: I am sold and I would like to enrol for the ITC Accelerated Course, but before I do, I need to understand the cost implications. What is the applicable tuition fee for the ITC Accelerated Course?
A: The tuition fee of ITC Accelerated Course shall be offered at a fee of R8 500. This fee is applicable to first time registering candidates (i.e. candidates enrolling with Endunamoo for the very first time regardless of the ITC attempts and that have not enrolled into any of our previous ITC preparatory courses. Candidates that are not part of the Thuthuka Bursary Candidates). Please see next question if you were registered for the ITC June Preparatory Course.
The payment plan available for first time candidates is as follows:
- R2 500 by 31 May 2020. Earlier payment of the registration is recommended in order to have your profile activated and your material dispatched; and
- The balance of R6 000 is payable in equal monthly instalments until 31 October 2020, i.e. a monthly payment of R1 200 is required on 30 June 2020, 31 July 2020, 31 August 2020, 30 September 2020 and 31 October 2020.
- A discount of R500 is applicable if script review for the ITC January 2020 examination is not required.
- If you choose to settle your fees by 30 June 2020, you shall be entitled to a discount of 5% (a discount of R425), i.e. your total tuition will reduce to R8 075 with script review, or R7 600 without script review.
The fee covers all the online access, the facilitation of the integrated tutorials and preparatory assessments, consultations as well courier of materials within the borders of South Africa. An additional fee applies to international courier.
Please note that no portion of the fees is refundable. Therefore, we encourage you to consider carefully all the structure and requirements of the programme prior to enrolment.
Q23: The fees above do not apply to me since I was previously registered with Endunamoo for the ITC June Preparatory Course, what are the cost implications for enrolling into the ITC Accelerated Course?
A: In our efforts to deliver a highly quality and effective course (which requires the extensive efforts of external contractors and cost commitments with regards to its administration and facilitation of assessments) and an affordable solution to prospective candidates, we have developed a tiered pricing structure for various candidates enrolled into our programme.
For all candidates that were previously enrolled into our ITC June Preparatory Course, your payments and/or credits towards that course will be carried forward and offset the tuition fees for the ITC Accelerated Course.
The following fee structure applies for our various candidates:
- ITC First Timers (Non-Thuthuka) Candidates: These are the candidates that are not part of the Thuthuka Bursary Fund and that will be sitting for ITC November 2020 as their first attempt – therefore no script review is applicable. The total tuition fee for ITC Accelerated Course is R8 000. Any balance of the tuition fees after considering any payments and/or credits towards the ITC June Preparatory Course will be payable in monthly instalments until 31 October 2020.
- ITC Repeaters (Non-Thuthuka) Candidates: These are the candidates that are not part of the Thuthuka Bursary Fund, had not enrolled with us in their previous ITC examination attempts and require script review for the ITC January 2020 examinations. The total tuition fee for ITC Accelerated Course is R8 500. Any balance of the tuition fees after considering any payments and/or credits towards the ITC June Preparatory Course, will be payable in monthly instalments until 31 October 2020.
- ITC January 2020 Repeaters (Non-Thuthuka) Candidates: These are candidates that are not part of the Thuthuka Bursary Fund and that were enrolled with us as part of the ITC January 2020 Preparatory Course. The total tuition fee for ITC Accelerated Course is R5 500. Any balance of the tuition fees after considering any payments and/or credits towards the ITC June Preparatory Course will be payable in monthly instalments until 31 October 2020.
- ITC2019 Repeaters (Non-Thuthuka) Candidates: These are candidates that are not part of the Thuthuka Bursary Fund and that were enrolled with us as part of the ITC2019 and ITC January 2020 Preparatory Course. The candidates that deferred the ITC January 2020 will also fall into this category. The total tuition fee for ITC Accelerated Course is R4 500: 50% of the tuition fee is payable during the course and the balance of the tuition fee is only payable if the candidate is successful in ITC November 2020. Any balance of the tuition fees after considering any payments and/or credits towards the ITC June Preparatory Course will be payable in monthly instalments until 31 October 2020.
- Thuthuka Candidates: These are candidates that qualifies for funding in terms of the Thuthuka Bursary Fund (i.e. 1) the candidate is either a Black or Coloured South African Citizen and recently passed their UNISA Supplementary Examination in January 2020, 2) the candidate’s university studies were funded through the Thuthuka Bursary Fund, or 3) the candidate is either a Black or Coloured South African Citizen and achieved a total of 150 marks in the ITC January 2020), these candidates will be automatically registered in the ITC Accelerated Course as agreed with Thuthuka. The proposed fee structure is still being finalised with the Thuthuka Bursary Fund. Endunamoo presented the ITC Accelerated Course to Thuthuka for their consideration. The programme structure was well received as its principles are aligned to skill set required at ITC examination level, and currently we are awaiting Thuthuka’s feedback regarding the approval for additional funding. Communication regarding the outcome of the funding decision will be made by 30 June 2020.
Q24: Given the uncertainty regarding the Thuthuka funding, I am not sure whether I should continue enrol into the ITC Accelerated Course because I do want to be indebted to Endunamoo should the funding not be approved. What should I do?
A: We have reached an understanding with Thuthuka that all Thuthuka candidates may enrol into the ITC Accelerated Course in the interim without any financial contribution towards the course. This means that should the funding outcome be unfavourable, you (the Thuthuka candidate) will have the option to either continue with the ITC Accelerated Course at your own cost (the cost of which will be communicated at a later time), or be enrolled into the ITC Deferred Course at no additional cost. Should you opt to be enrolled into the ITC Deferred Course, you will not be liable for any costs related to the benefit received whilst enrolled into the ITC Accelerated Course. Kindly note that we are working at an accelerated pace with Thuthuka to ensure that this uncertainty is removed as soon as practicable. Communication regarding the outcome of the funding decision will be made by 30 June 2020 and until then the Thuthuka candidates would be treated as fully registered into the ITC Accelerated Course.
Q25: I had already submitted my tutorials that were due in the ITC June Preparatory Course and was looking forward to the marking. Will my submissions be disregarded, or can I expect feedback later?
A: Well done for making time to submit your tutorials, this is the kind of commitment that is required for candidates looking to enrol into the ITC Accelerated Course. Kindly note that the tutorial programme for the integrated tutorials that formed part of the ITC June Preparatory Course has been postponed to Phase 4. This means that your attempt will only be considered for marking during that phase; however, you will be given an opportunity to resubmit a revised attempt given that we believe that over the next couple of months they will be development that will allow you to change your thinking regarding your initial approach.
Q26: I have carefully considered the requirements of the ITC Accelerated Course and I do not believe that I will be able to meet the demanding requirements of the programme OR I have carefully considered the cost implications and I cannot afford to meet the course, what are my options?
A: We understand that the prior commitment or financial challenges may pose a hurdle with regards to enrolment into the ITC Accelerated Course. To accommodate such candidates, we have also developed the ITC Deferred Course that will running as from Monday, 21 September 2020. The ITC Deferred Course will be the continuation of the suspended ITC June Preparatory Course (that was running as from 18 April 2020 until it was suspended on Friday, 8 May 2020). Any amounts paid and/or credit towards the ITC June Preparatory Course will be transferred into the ITC Deferred Course.
Q27: If I choose to opt for the ITC Deferred Course, will I be granted access to the videos?
A: Yes, access to the CTA2019 videos and the videos relating to ITC June Preparatory Course will be provided as from Wednesday, 20 May 2020 through to the resumption of the course in the form of ITC Deferred Course. Access will be restricted to the course materials that were made available as part of the ITC June 2020. For first time registering candidates, no access to the videos will be provided until the commencement of the ITC Deferred Course.
Q28: If I am a new candidate and I wish to register for the ITC Deferred Course, when will I have an opportunity to do so and how much will it be?
A: The registrations for the ITC Deferred Course will open on Tuesday, 1 September 2020 and close on Friday, 25 September 2020. Access to the videos will be granted as from Monday, 21 September 2020. The total tuition including script review for ITC January 2020 is R5 500 while a discounted fee of R5 000 is applicable if script review is not required. A registration fee of 50% of the tuition fee is required prior to being granted access to the online videos and the balance of the tuition fee is due by Saturday, 31 October 2020.
Q29: How will the ITC Deferred Course be structured and how will it be different to the ITC Accelerated Course?
A: The ITC Deferred Course is a 9 weeks course and its structure will mirror the ITC June Preparatory Course. The ITC Deferred Course shall have a lecture and integrated tutorial programme culminate with a preparatory assessment simulating ITC June Preparatory Course. Since the ITC Deferred Course will be running over a shorter period than the ITC Accelerated Course, it will be more akin to the normal ITC program. However, you will still be given access to CTA2019 content to help you refresh stale topics. However, you must demonstrate self-awareness in understanding your strengths and weaknesses in order to make the best use of the materials/videos you need to succeed.
Q30: When can I expect the timetable for the ITC Deferred Course be released so that I can have a better understanding of the course and accordingly plan for it?
A: The new timetable for the ITC Deferred Course will be released by 11h00 on Monday, 18 May 2020. The timetable will outline the dates for the lecture sessions, the submission dates for the assessments and the respective review sessions. The ITC Coordinator will make available the timetable via social media as well as on our portal under the course icon, “ITC Deferred”. The new timetable will also be emailed to every candidate enrolled into the programme.
Q31: Given that ITC has been postponed, how best can I make use of my time to be ready for ITC?
A: There is a difference between being prepared and staying prepared. To that end, it is recommended that you plan your time wisely and follow a structured routine. Do not leave it to remember tomorrow. Be kind to yourself as the preparations for the ITC assessment are demanding and being well-rested may be better than trying to squeeze in extra hours.
In structuring the ITC Accelerated Course and the ITC Deferred Course, the lecturing team carefully considered the effective for our former candidates and therefore recommend that you follow a structure of the courses, including the following guidance:
- Identify your weaknesses and strengths and plan your time to review the appropriate notes, videos and class examples (theory).
- After reviewing your theory, it would be advisable to solidify what you have learned by attempting an appropriate question in the question bank.
- When you are comfortable with your ability to identify and handle a topic on its own, attempt to integrate that topic with the integrated questions.
- Lastly, there is more value in spending an entire day writing, marking and taking notes on a single 100-mark question than there is in writing 2 or 3 papers per day. Questions are a good way to learn what has not been addressed in classes so extract everything you can in this time.
- Engage with the lecturing team as much as possible to ensure that you leave no stone unturned.
Q32: There is a possibility that the lockdown regulations may be relaxed over the coming months, will Endunamoo resort to face to face programme for the ITC Accelerated Course and the ITC Deferred Course?
A: Yes, however, we will do so within the regulations published by our Government and taking into consideration the need to prioritise the safety of our candidates, contractors, and employees. We will therefore advise on our approach closer to that time.
Q33: I am based outside the borders of South Africa, will Endunamoo be able to deliver my materials will the lockdown restrictions are still applicable?
A: This will once again be dependent on the regulations published by our Government. Currently (in accordance with Alert Level 4 Lockdown regulations), the study materials are not regarded as essential goods and therefore we cannot secure a permit to export these outside the borders of the country.
Q34: I am based in South Africa, will Endunamoo be able to deliver my materials will the lockdown restrictions are still applicable?
A: This will once again be dependent on the regulations published by our Government and the alert level within our operating environment. To reduce that risk, we will be having a limited registration window to ensure that all the materials are sent out as quickly as possible.
Q35: If the lockdown is extended or the ITC November 2020 is further postponed, will there be any further supported provided?
A: The environment in which we operate is highly uncertain and volatile. Should the lockdown be extended or further restricted, or should the ITC examination be further postponed, we will carefully re-evaluate our options with regards to support that we would be able to economically provide to our candidates. At this stage, and due to its rigorous assessment and feedback processes, we are confident that the ITC Accelerated Course is the most comprehensive programme we can deliver in order to increase the chances of success come ITC examination and we do not foresee the structure of the programme being further enhanced to take into consideration any additional time that may be available should the examination be further postponed.
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