Diploma: Tax Technician

Date: Jun 28, 2021 - Dec 15, 2023

Application fee: R450.00

Once-off: R43,564.00

Lecturer: Karen van Wyk GTP(SA)

The knowledge and practical skills gained in this programme for tax practitioners will provide learners with the foundational knowledge and practical skills to perform SARS tax compliance functions and services, including the preparation and submission of tax returns.

Course overview

Completion of this course, as well as the knowledge, practical skills and workplace experience modules, provides entry into the final external integrated summative assessment (EISA) which is administered by the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT) and the Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO) at an additional fee.

On successful completion of the EISA, you will receive the Tax Technician Occupational Qualification from QCTO. Successful learners will be eligible to maintain/apply for membership of SAIT and the designation Tax Technician (SA).

For more information on your road to the SAIT EISA board exam (how to qualify, the next steps in your learning journey and our role as your skills development partner), click here.

This programme is for you if:

-    You need an NQF 6 level qualification to register as a SARS registered tax practitioner.
-    You must comply with the current SARS regulations for tax practitioners.
-    You want to gain the required practical and technical skills to complete the latest income tax and VAT returns for both Corporates and Individuals. 

Who is required to complete this qualification?

Any person wanting to register as a SARS practitioner.

Completion of this programme and EISA exam (with SAIT) will secure you the required NQF 6 level qualification to remain a registered tax practitioner with SARS.

Knowledge component

The tasks of a Tax Technician include the demonstration of the following competencies:
  • Registering a taxpayer, calculation and finalising income tax, payroll tax and VAT returns for both Individuals and Corporates.
  • Analysing assessments.
  • Initiating disputes as part of dispute resolution.

Minimum admission requirements

A national senior certificate or equivalent NQF 4 qualification.

Course duration

30 months.

Mode of delivery

The course is delivered via The Tax Faculty's virtual campus and webinar platforms whilst the final exam (EISA) is administered by the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT) at an additional fee.


The qualification is registered at a level 6 on the National Qualification Framework (NQF) via the Occupational Council for Trade Occupations (QCTO) as follows:

  • Occupational Diploma: Tax Technician at NQF Level 6 SAQA ID 94098.

The Tax Faculty is a registered skills development provider under the Skills Development Act, 1998 (Act No 97 of 1998) on this qualification. Accreditation number QCTOSDP00180420.

Assessment and award of certificate

The final qualification is awarded by QCTO after successful completion of the external integrated summative assessment (EISA) is conducted by the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT) as the Assessment Quality Partner of the QCTO.

In order to gain entry into the EISA, learners need to successfully complete a number of formative and summative assessments conducted via The Tax Faculty. These lead to a statement of results from The Tax Faculty and a partial completion certificate issued by The Tax Faculty (NPC).

Candidates who complete the EISA successfully will be eligible to apply for membership of the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT) and the designation Tax Technician (SA).

Course fees

Payment option 1: Once-off payment

Once-off payment: R43 564.00.

Payment option 2: Debit order

Application fee (non-refundable): R450.00.

20 installments: R2 505.00 per month.

Total: R50 100.00.

Payment option 3: SAIT members in good standing discount

Application fee (non-refundable): R450.00.
Once-off payment: Qualify for a 50% discount.

Monthly options: Application fee and a 25% discount on the total amount.

* The discount will decrease the number of debit orders and not the monthly amount.

Payments and cancellations

  • All required minimum payments must be made by direct EFT or by credit card before the commencement of a course. The once-off payment is required to be paid before the course start date, as well as the application fee of learners on a debit order plan (the first debit order is also required on the start date of the course).
  • Kindly note that should debit order payment terms not be adhered to; legal action will be taken and access to the online learning platform suspended.
  • Proof of payment may also be requested before access to the iLearn platform will be communicated, should your payment not reflect on The Tax Faculty’s bank account.
  • Only written notice of cancellation will be accepted.


For courses shorter than a six-month rollout, the following will apply:

  • If the cancellation is requested more than 10 working days prior to the course start date, no cancellation fee will be applicable.
  • If the cancellation occurs less than 10 working days prior to the course start date, a 100% cancellation fee will be applicable.
  • Students who register for a course and fail to attend will be held liable for the full course fee.
  • The course application fee is non-refundable.
  • The Tax Faculty’s liability in the case of a course being cancelled will be limited to a refund of the course fee.

For courses with a six-month or longer rollout, the following will apply:

  • Should a cancellation be received within six weeks of the course start date, the student will still be liable for 50% of the semester cost.
  • Should the cancellation be received after six weeks of the course start date, the student will be liable for the full semester cost.
  • Once a learner has registered for a course, they will only be granted one deferral opportunity for that course (a deferral includes either requesting a new start date or changing to another course). Costs applicable will be adapted upon notice of deferral received.
  • The course application fee is non-refundable.

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