Professional Certificate in Taxation

Start Date: Jan 24, 2022

Payment Options per Semester:

Payment option 1: Once-off payment:

Full course fee: R21 950.00

First semester fee: R10 975.00

Payment option 2: Debit order

Application fee: R450.00

First payment upon approval: R5 487.50

Monthly fee: R1 207.25 per month, five instalments per semesters

Lecturer: Karen van Wyk GTP(SA)

The short learning programme (SLP) is designed to empower course participants with applied working and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of taxation.

Course overview

The knowledge and practical skills gained in this course will provide participants with the foundational knowledge and practical skills to perform SARS tax compliance functions and services (including the preparation and submission of tax returns for individuals, corporate, farmers, partnerships, sole traders, companies, close corporations, and trusts). This SLP is built upon practical simulations, ensuring the learning environment simulates reality in tax practice.

Successful completion of the SLP will fully prepare learners for the Tax Technician RPL examination required by the South African Institute of Taxation (SAIT), to obtain membership at a tax technician level along with the appropriate work experience.

The Professional Certificate in Taxation is equivalent to the first level in your learning journey to achieve the Occupational Certificate: Tax Technician (NQF 6).

This course is for you if:

  • You want to start building your portfolio of evidence to apply for your SARS PR number.

  • You want a SLP certificate in taxation that will earn you the recognition that you deserve.

  • You want a tax refresher course.

  • You want to gain the required practical and technical skills to complete tax returns.

What you will learn in this course

The syllabus for this SLP has been specifically arranged in a logical order rather than a mere numerical or random approach. It consists of two semesters:

Semester 1: Taxation of Individuals

This module covers the fundamentals of taxation, salaried employees' income tax, self-employed individual taxes (including farming), and payroll taxes. It also covers basic elements of specialty tax such as donations and estate duty tax.

This course bridges the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application. The outcome of this module is to ensure participants are able to submit individual tax returns without errors, namely the ITR12, IRP6, EMP501, and EMP201 returns. 

Semester 2: Corporate Taxes

This module will cover VAT, corporate income tax, key tax administrative procedures and gives participants guidance on practice management, ethics, and responsibilities.

The skills gained in this module will ensure that theoretical knowledge can be practically applied in the completion and submission of tax returns without errors namely the ITR14 and VAT201 returns as well as the IT14SD.

Minimum admission requirements

A national senior certificate or equivalent NQF 4 qualification.


This course is presented as a SLP by The Tax Faculty (TTF). TTF is accredited as a continuous professional development (CPD) provider by the South African Institute of Taxation (SAIT), a South African Revenue Services Recognised Controlling Body (RCB) under the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (Act No 28 of 2011).

TTF is registered as a skills development partner (SDP) under the Skills Development Act, 1998 (Act No 97 of 1998) by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO).

Assessment and award of certificate

Learners are assessed via a number of formative and summative assessments. Successful learners will receive a SLP certificate issued by The Tax Faculty. This SLP certificate is non-credit bearing, however, successful learners articulating into the Occupational Certificate: Tax Technician (NQF 6) programme, will obtain recognition for prior learning (RPL) towards the NQF 6 qualification. In addition, this just-in-time learning programme also qualifies for verifiable CPD.

Flexible payment options:

Payment option 1: Once-off payment 

Full once-off payment: R21 950.00.

Alternatively, two semester payments: R10 975.00 per semester (to be paid on or before semester start date).

Payment option 2: Debit order

Application fee (non-refundable, immediate payment upon registration): R450.00.

  • Start of first semester (to be paid before or on semester start date), 50% of semester fee upfront: R5 487.50. First semester remaining debit orders, five instalments: R1 207.25 per month.

  • Start of second semester (to be paid before or on semester start date), 50% of semester fee upfront: R5 487.50. Second semester remaining debit orders, five instalments R1 207.25 per month.

Total for debit order option: R23 497.50.

* First debit order will be collected from the second month of semester 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 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 with a 12-month or longer rollout, the following will apply:

  • If the cancellation is requested more than two weeks prior to the course start date, no cancellation fee will be applicable.
  • If the cancellation occurs less than two weeks prior to the course start date, a 25% cancellation fee will be applicable on the full course fee.
  • Should a cancellation be received within six weeks after the course start date, the student will still be liable for 50% of the full course fee.
  • Should the cancellation be received after six weeks of the course start date, the student will be liable for the full course fee.
  • The course application fee is non-refundable.

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