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SAATCA's Mission


SAATCA’s mission is to recognize and satisfy the needs of stakeholders in Southern Africa and provide confidence to industry by setting criteria in line with National and International Standards to ensure the competence of:

  • Management System Auditors and Product and Process Auditors and
  • Management System auditing Training Course Providers.




With the introduction of SABS 0157: Code of Practice for Quality Management Systems, the need arose for a framework under which quality management systems of suppliers of commodities and services could be assessed and audited.

The South African Committee for the Certification of Quality System Auditors (SACCQA) was formed on 22 October 1986 in response to this need. It would implement, administer and control a scheme for the certification of quality system auditors and lead auditors. Two sub­committees were also established:
  • The Training Panel, responsible to the SACCQA for, inter alia, establishing and controlling procedures for the practical training of auditors, the accreditation and monitoring of organisations offering Quality System Auditor training courses with associated monitoring of the syllabus of training courses.
  • The Evaluation panel, responsible to the SACCQA for, inter alia, the establishment and control of written examinations to determine competency of auditors and lead auditors, grading and re-grading quality system auditors and lead auditors and the appointment of certification boards.
The first examination for Quality System Auditors was held on 19 June 1987 where 35 candidates wrote the papers. Examinations have been conducted annually since this date.

Due to the interest shown in SACCQA by neighbouring and other African countries such as Zimbabwe, Zambia and Kenya, it was decided in 1992 to change the organisation’s name to the Southern African Council for the Certification of Quality System Auditors.

Other major events that have taken place since 1995 included the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with twelve other countries to establish the International Auditor and Training Course Association (IATCA), registration of SACCQA as a Section 21 company and the appointment of a permanent Registrar in 1996.

Following the decision to register auditors from other disciplines, e.g. laboratory and environmental, and to register training course providers, March 1991 saw SACCQA change its name to the Southern African Auditor and Training Certification Association with the acronym SAATCA.


Internal Auditor Transition to Amended Criteria
Updated Requirements

Note that the following criteria have been updated in December 2012:

  • Food Safety, Quality Management Systems, 
    Environmental Management Systems,
    Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems,
    Energy Management Systems

Please refer to "How to apply" for the applicable scheme updates and/or the summary communicated on the 24th of April 2013 - SAATCA criteria updates 

Invitation to become a SAATCA member
SAATCA communication plan 2014