Professional Certificate in Taxation

Date: Jun 28, 2021 - Jun 28, 2022

Application fee: R450.00

Once-off: R21,950.00

Lecturer: Karen van Wyk GTP(SA)

The course is designed to empower course participants with applied working and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of taxation.

The knowledge and practical skills gained in this program 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 professional certificate is built upon practical simulations, ensuring the learning environment simulates reality in tax practice.

Successful completion of the professional certificate exempts participants from writing the Tax Technician RPL examination required by the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (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 Diploma: Tax Technician (NQF 6).

Course delivery and application

This course is delivered by The Tax Faculty and upon completion, successful candidates will be awarded a Professional Certificate in Taxation.

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 Professional 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

The syllabus for this certificate 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 programme is recognised as a short learning programme by The Tax Faculty (NPC). The Tax Faculty is registered as a skills development partner under the Skills Development Act, 1998 (Act No 97 of 1998) by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and accredited as a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) provider by the South African Institute of Tax Professionals, a South African Revenue Services Recognised Controlling Body (RCB) under the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (Act No. 28 of 2011).

Assessment and award of certificate
Learners are assessed via a number of formative and summative assessments, conducted via The Tax Faculty’s online platform. Successful learners will receive a professional certificate issued by The Tax Faculty and in an effort to maintain your professional status and keep your expert knowledge up to date, you will earn relevant CPD hours upon course completion (pending approval of your relevant professional industry body).

Flexible payment options:

Payment option 1: Once-off payment 

Once-off payment: R21 950.00.

Payment option 2: Debit order

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

12 installments: R2 104.00 per month.

Total: R25 248.00.

* First debit order will be collected on course start date. Remaining debit orders will be collected on the first working day of each month.

Payment option 3: SAIT members in good standing discount

Once-off payment: Qualify for a 50% discount.

Monthly options: Application fee (non-refundable) of R450.00 and a 25% discount on the total amount.

* The discount will decrease the number of debit orders and not the monthly amount, thus 12 months would become 9 months of debit orders.

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 shorter than a six-month rollout, 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 canceled will be limited to a refund of the course fee.

For courses with a six-month or longer rollout, the following will apply:

  • Should a cancellation be received within six weeks of the course start date, the student will still be liable for 50% of the semester cost.
  • Should the cancellation be received after six weeks of the course start date, the student will be liable for the full semester cost.
  • Once a learner has registered for a course, they will only be granted one deferral opportunity for that course (a deferral includes either requesting a new start date or changing to another course). Costs applicable will be adapted upon notice of deferral received. 
  • The course application fee is non-refundable.

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