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Common Body of Knowledge and Skills (COBOKS) for Registered Government Auditors (RGA) The development of a Common Body of Knowledge and Skills (COBOKS) for Registered Government Auditors (RGA) marks an important milestone in the professionalisation of government auditors in South Africa. It establishes the RGA as the benchmark qualification in public sector auditing in South Africa. The Qualifying Examination for RGA’s (RGA-QE) and the practical experience requirement which is certified by the Office of the AuditorGeneral ensures that consistent standards are achieved. Numerous on-going activities ensure that the RGA qualification is widely accepted and enforced: Accounting Officers (HOD’s) of national and provincial departments are encouraged to be aware of the RGA component of the audit teams assigned to their departments’ audit. A searchable database containing the public register of RGA’s is provided free of charge on the SAIGA website (www.saiga.co.za). In awarding contract work to private sector audit firms, preference should be given to firms that have a reasonable RGA component in their available audit staff. The Audit Commission is encouraged to have the Office of the Auditor-General report on the representation of RGA’s within the total audit staff component of the Office. Public accountability forums such as the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) are informed of the RGA qualities and encouraged ask questions on the RGA component of audit staff when discussing audit related matters. Tertiary institutions are informed about the RGA syllabus and encouraged to incorporate them in their formal programmes.