Professional Certificate in Payroll Taxes and Administration

Date: Jun 26, 2024 - Dec 20, 2024

Application fee: R450.00

Price: R13 950

Lecturer: TBA

Managing employees’ remuneration effectively and efficiently will assist in maintaining a happy workforce. A payroll administrator who understands both the systems and the tax law relating to payroll management is a valuable asset for the business.

Please see full course payment breakdown below.

Managing employees’ remuneration effectively and efficiently will assist in maintaining a happy workforce. A payroll administrator who understands both the systems and the tax law relating to payroll management is a valuable asset for the business.

This professional certificate provides participants with the knowledge and practical skills required to progress their career in payroll tax administration. In this course, you will explore the concepts, principles, and South African legislation applicable to payroll administration. You will learn the practical application of performing the payroll administration function for an employer and the principles impacting payroll taxes.

The course is focused on integrating theory by simulating the real-life world of work and will enable students to advance their career in payroll administration.

Mode of delivery

Online and flexible learning.

Duration and effort

Duration: Six months.

Weekly effort: Four to six hours per week.

What you will learn in this course

The modules in the course curriculum include:

  • Understanding the world of tax and payroll.
  • Statutory requirements, including employment contracts.
  • Income related to salaried employees.
  • Fringe benefits.
  • Employee allowances.
  • Payroll process.
  • Payroll reports.
  • Third-party requirements.
  • Monthly payroll returns and reports such as EMP 201.
  • Annual returns and reports, including submissions to SARS via e@syFile.  

This course is for you if:

  • You are serious about advancing your career in payroll administration.
  • You are employed and require the knowledge and practical skills to advise employees on payroll taxes.
  • You own a business, and you want to learn how to administer the payment of salaries.
  • You have a passion for accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, and administration.

Admission requirements

A senior certificate or equivalent qualification or appropriate experience.


On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Contextualize the world of tax in relation to payroll administration.
  • Summarize the different legislation affecting payroll administration.
  • Explain the role of a payroll administrator, common payroll tasks and statutory responsibilities.
  • Understand the foundational principles of pay-as-you-earn (PAYE), UIF, and SDL.
  • Calculate PAYE for different categories of salaried employees taking into consideration fringe benefits and allowances.
  • Calculate workers’ compensation, UIF, and SDL.
  • Prepare monthly payroll reports.
  • Complete the monthly SARS EMP201.
  • Conduct annual employer payroll reconciliations.
  • Prepare the SARS EMP501.


This course is presented as a short learning programme (SLP) by The Tax Faculty (TTF). TTF is recognised as a continuous professional development (CPD) provider by controlling bodies accredited in terms of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (Act No 28 of 2011), and holds accreditation with the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations as a skills development partner (SDP) under the Skills Development Act, 1998 (Act No 97 of 1998).

Assessment and award of certificate

Learners are assessed via a number of practical assignments and a final integrated assessment. Successful learners will receive a SLP certificate of competence issued by The Tax Faculty.

In addition, this just-in-time learning programme also qualifies for verifiable Tax CPD.

Student support and online campus

The academic and practical skills component of the qualification is delivered on The Tax Faculty's online Tax Campus.

This will be your virtual campus for the duration of the programme. The course is presented as micro-learning videos, study guides, practice quizzes, discussion forums, practical case studies, assignment briefs and guided presentations on how to master case studies and assignments. Academic lecturers are available on the Q&A portal as they would be in a classroom.

At the beginning of each semester, you'll be presented with the course content plan, a study plan and important assignment dates which are set out at manageable deadlines. This will help you study at your own pace.

In addition, you will be allocated a course consultant who will help you navigate the online campus, support you with your weekly participation and deadlines, and will be able to answer any administrative queries you may have.

Flexible payment options

Payment option 1: Once-off payment

Total: R13 950.00.

Payment option 2: Debit order

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

Six instalments: R2 550.00 per month.

Total: R15 750.00.

* First debit order will be collected on course start date. Remaining debit orders will be collected on the first working day of each month.

Payments and cancellations

  • All required minimum payments must be made by direct EFT or by credit card before the commencement of the 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 online platform will be communicated, should your payment not reflect on The Tax Faculty’s bank account.
  • Only written notice of cancellation will be accepted.
  • To view our full terms & conditions click here.


For all short learning programmes (SLPs) with a seven-month or less rollout period, 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.
  • Students who have failed to successfully complete the course, and wishing to repeat will be charged the full course fee to repeat.

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