Tax professionals are highly sought-after in South Africa as they are able to provide tax advice, business structuring, and analyse tax risks. In addition, tax professionals are able to assist taxpayers in complex controversy management and provide a full scope of tax legal analysis, opinions, and risk management.
Combining theory and practice, this sought-after professional occupational qualification will provide you with the advanced skillset to work as a tax professional. During the programme, you will develop knowledge and practical application related to corporate, personal, VAT and payroll taxation as it applies in a South African context. This includes providing tax advice, analysing tax risk, and developing the practical skill required for complex controversy management.
Expand your network with The Tax Faculty as you learn alongside a cohort of like-minded individuals and gain essential skills for the future world of work. By successfully completing this qualification, you would be enhancing the quality of tax services you provide and will be able to build a rewarding career.
Mode of delivery
Online learning with flexible weekly study plans.
Effort and duration
Duration: 30 months.
Weekly effort: Six to eight hours a week.
What you will learn in this course
The knowledge modules included in the curriculum:
The practical skills modules included in the curriculum:
Advisory, controversy management and compliance related to:
Career fields, possible job titles and work environments
The qualified tax professional holding an NQF 8 level qualification is regarded as a critical skill in South Africa. The following job and designation titles are associated with this qualification:
This programme is for you if:
Applicants must have:
If you have more than three years of tax specific work experience, you may qualify for recognition of prior learning. Please refer to the Occupational Certificate: Tax Professional (Accelerator Programme).
After successful completion of this programme, you will be able to perform the following tax advisory functions at an advanced level:
Accreditation and NQF level
The qualification is registered at a NQF level 8 on the National Qualification Framework (NQF) by the Occupational Council for Trade Occupations (QCTO) as follows:
Final integrated assessment and award of certificate
This occupational qualification consists of three components: Knowledge, practical skills, and workplace experience. Successful completion of three components will be eligible to write the external integrated summative assessment (EISA) administered by the South African Institute of Taxation (SAIT) on behalf of QCTO at an additional fee.
Upon successful completion of the EISA, successful candidates will receive the Occupational Certificate: Tax Professional (NQF 8) issued by QCTO.
Assessment of the knowledge, practical and workplace component
In order to gain entry into the EISA, learners need to successfully complete several formative and summative assessments that are conducted by The Tax Faculty as the skills development partner of the QCTO. Successful completion of this learning assessment process will lead to a statement of results and certificate of competence issued by The Tax Faculty for the knowledge and practical components.
The workplace experience component must be completed through 30 months of work experience in the field of South African tax law and assessed via logbooks which are submitted throughout the programme.
If you aim to become a Charted Tax Advisor with SAIT, you will be required to complete workplace experience at an approved SAIT workplace provider and monitored through SAIT’s logbook system at an additional cost.
For more information on your road to the EISA examination – how to qualify, the next steps in your learning journey and our role as your skills development partner, please click here.
Student support and online campus
The academic and practical skills component of the qualification is delivered on The Tax Faculty's online iLearnTax 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
Once-off payment: R38 300.00.
Alternatively, three semester payments: R12 767.00 per semester (to be paid on or before semester start date).
Application fee (non-refundable, immediate payment upon registration): R1 950.00. This amount is included in the once-off total and will not be charged additionally.
Once-off application fee (non-refundable, immediate payment upon registration): R1 950.00.
Total for debit order option: R41 340.00.
* 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.
** Additional charges may apply to your RPL application subject to your portfolio of evidence and workplace experience component. The fees exclude the cost of the EISA.
The following costs are excluded:
Payments and cancellations
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