Professional Certificate in Payroll Taxes and Administration

Date: Feb 22, 2023 - Aug 22, 2023

Application fee: R450.00

Once-off: R13,950.00

Lecturer: Chantel Butner
Lecturer: Richelle van den Berg (MCom Accounting)

The short learning programme (SLP) provides foundational technical training relating to payroll and employee taxation, including the practical elements of completing a basic payroll run and submitting the relevant SARS returns. The course is focused on integrating theory by simulating the real-life world of work and will enable participants to advance their career in payroll administration.

Please see full course payment breakdown below.

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Course overview

The knowledge and practical skills across the following topics are covered:

  • Understanding the world of tax and payroll.
  • Statutory requirements.
  • Income-related to salaried employees.
  • Fringe benefits.
  • Allowances.
  • Payroll process.
  • Payroll reports.
  • Third-party requirements.
  • Monthly returns and reports.
  • Annual returns and reports.

Admission requirements

A senior certificate or equivalent qualification or appropriate experience.


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

  • Demonstrate the ability to gather and use information from a range of sources and communicate information reliably, accurately, and coherently, using conventions and computerised tools appropriate to the business context of the professional tax practitioner.
  • Understand the legal framework and context applicable in South Africa and its impact on taxpayers and tax practitioners, as well the legal and ethical requirements relevant to the tax profession.
  • Demonstrate an informed understanding of the core areas of Payroll and an informed understanding of the key terms, concepts, facts, general principles, rules and theories of the tax profession.
  • Compute, complete and review routine tax returns related to PAYE and personal income tax.

Mode of delivery

This SLP is delivered by The Tax Faculty through the virtual campus and webinar platforms.

Course duration

Six months.


This course is presented as an 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

Total: R13 950.00 (incl. VAT).

Payment option 2: Debit order

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

Six instalments: R2 550.00 per month (incl. VAT).

Total: R15 750.00 (incl. VAT).

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 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 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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