This occupational qualification consists of three components: knowledge, practical skills, and workplace experience.
The knowledge and practical skills components are completed through this course programme at The Tax Faculty. The workplace experience component must be completed through 36 months of work experience, preferably at an approved South African Institute of Taxation (SAIT) workplace provider.
Successful completion of the knowledge, practical skills and workplace experience modules provides entry into the final external integrated summative assessment (EISA) which is administered by SAIT on behalf of the Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO) at an additional fee. Upon successful completion of the EISA, successful candidates will receive the Occupational Certificate: Tax Technician issued by QCTO.
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This programme is for you if:
Who is required to complete this qualification?
It is a strict requirement of SARS that registered tax practitioners upskill their matric qualification within three years from registration with SARS and an RCB.
Completion of this programme and the EISA exam (with SAIT) will secure you the required NQF 6 level qualification to remain a registered tax practitioner with SARS.
Minimum admission requirements
Applicants must have a minimum NQF level 4 qualification which includes Accounting and Mathematics or Maths Literacy.
In addition, applicants must have secured work experience in the field of taxation. A portfolio of evidence will be submitted throughout the programme.
Mode of delivery
The academic and practical skills component of the qualification is delivered on The Tax Faculty's virtual iLearnTax campus. The final EISA exam is administered by the South African Institute of Taxation (SAIT) at an additional charge.
The duration of the academic and practical skills component of the qualification is 24 months.
An additional 12 months is usually required to complete the workplace component competencies.
The qualification is registered at a NQF level 6 on the National Qualification Framework (NQF) by the Occupational Council for Trade Occupations (QCTO) as follows:
Occupational Certificate: 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) to deliver the academic and practical skills component of the qualification. Accreditation number QCTOSDP00180420.
Assessment, award of certificate and professional membership
The occupational qualification is awarded by the QCTO after successful completion of the external integrated summative assessment (EISA), which is administered on behalf of the QCTO by the South African Institute of Taxation (SAIT).
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. Completion of this learning assessment process will lead to a statement of results and a certificate of competence issued by The Tax Faculty.
Candidates who complete the EISA successfully will be eligible to apply for the professional membership and the designation Tax Technician (SA) with SAIT. Annual membership fees apply and is payable to SAIT.
Payment option 1: Once-off payment
Once-off payment: R35 400.00.
Alternatively, three semester payments: R11 800 per semester (to be paid on or before semester start date).
Application fee (non-refundable, immediate payment upon registration): R450.00. This amount is included in the once-off total and will not be charged additionally.
Payment option 2: Debit order
Application fee (non-refundable, immediate payment upon registration): R450.00.
Total for debit order option: R37 620.00.
* 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.
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