The tax technician occupational qualification is the leading course programme to learn fundamentals of tax practice in South Africa. A practical, flexible course, this programme combines theory and practice to ensure learners can apply their skills related to corporate, personal, value-added and payroll taxation as it applies to the South African context.
Expand your network online with The Tax Faculty as you learn alongside a cohort of like-minded individuals and gain essential skills for the future of work. By successfully completing this occupational qualification, you will be “closing the tax gap” and enhance the quality of tax services you provide.
Mode of delivery
Online learning with flexible weekly study plans.
Effort and duration
Duration: 30 months.
Weekly effort: Four to eight hours a week.
What you will learn in this course
This programme is for you if:
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 Technician (Accelerator Programme).
After successful completion of this programme, you will be able to perform the following tax functions at an advanced level:
Accreditation and NQF level
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 07-QCTO/SDP301121-3805.
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 and associated formative assessments will lead to entrance into the integrated external 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 Technician (NQF 6) 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.
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 classroom for the duration of the course and includes bite-sized learning videos, studio guides, practice quizzes, discussion forums, practical case studies, assignment briefs and guided presentations on how tackle the case studies and the 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 incremental 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 assignment dates, and will be able to answer any administrative queries you may have.
Payment option 1: Once-off payment
Once-off payment: R28 900.00.
Alternatively, three semester payments: R9 634.00 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.
Payment option 2: Debit order
Once-off application fee (non-refundable, immediate payment upon registration): R1 950.00.
Total for debit order option: R31 950.00.
* 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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