Professional Certificate in Taxation

Start date: Jul 1, 2022

Payment options per semester:

Payment option 1: Once-off payment:

Full course fee: R21 950.00

First semester fee: R10 975.00

Payment option 2: Debit order

Application fee: R450.00

First payment upon approval: R5 487.50

Monthly fee: R1 207.25 per month, five instalments per semester

Lecturer: Aneesa Peerbhai (MCom Taxation)

The purpose of this short learning programme (SLP) is to enable course participants to develop knowledge, understanding and practical skills to perform SARS tax compliance functions and services in accordance with legislative requirements and standards of professional bodies.

Please see full course payment breakdown below.

Course overview

The programme will prepare students to operate as tax technicians who are able to provide tax compliance services by preparing and submitting tax returns, reviewing completed tax records, verifying, and availing source documents.

This SLP is built upon practical simulations, ensuring the learning environment simulates reality in tax practice.

Successful completion of the SLP will fully prepare learners for the Tax Technician RPL examination required by the South African Institute of Taxation (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 Certificate: Tax Technician (NQF 6).

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 SLP 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 in this course

The syllabus for this SLP 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 semester covers the fundamentals of taxation, salaried employees' income tax, self-employed individual taxes, and payroll taxes. It also covers basic elements of donations tax, tax administration matters, ethics and eFiling for individuals.

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 semester will cover VAT, corporate income tax, key tax administrative procedures and gives participants guidance on ethics and professional 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.
  • A sufficient level of mathematical and computer literacy skills to be able to participate in the learning programme.
  • English communication skills.

Mode of delivery

This professional certificate is delivered on The Tax Faculty's virtual iLearnTax campus.

Course duration

12 months.


This course is presented as a 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 through The Tax Faculty, will obtain a statement of results 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 

Full once-off payment: R21 950.00.

Alternatively, two semester payments: R10 975.00 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.

  • Start of first semester (to be paid before or on semester start date), 50% of semester fee upfront: R5 487.50. First semester remaining debit orders, five instalments: R1 207.25 per month.

  • Start of second semester (to be paid before or on semester start date), 50% of semester fee upfront: R5 487.50. Second semester remaining debit orders, five instalments R1 207.25 per month.

Total for debit order option: R23 497.50.

* 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.

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 with a 12-month or longer rollout, the following will apply:

  • If the cancellation is requested more than two weeks prior to the course start date, no cancellation fee will be applicable.
  • If the cancellation occurs less than two weeks prior to the course start date, a 25% cancellation fee will be applicable on the full course fee.
  • Should a cancellation be received within six weeks after the course start date, the student will still be liable for 50% of the full course fee.
  • Should the cancellation be received after six weeks of the course start date, the student will be liable for the full course fee.
  • The course application fee is non-refundable.

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