Short Course in International Value-Added Tax and Trade

Date: Aug 2, 2021 - Oct 29, 2021

Application fee: R450.00

Once-off: R5,950.00

Lecturer: Christo Theron MTP(SA)

South Africa has a destination-based value-added tax (VAT) system. The VAT rules dealing with the international movement of goods or services are closely linked to the rules governing customs and excise, exchange control, as well as general commercial rules governing international trade.

This online, interactive, short course covers the relevant rules governing international trade from a customs and VAT perspective and explores other regulatory frameworks in a practical manner. Watch an introductory video developed by Christo Theron the senior lecturer on this course click here.

Course overview

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

  • International movement of goods and services.
  • Direct exports of goods.
  • Indirect exports of goods.
  • Zero-rated supplies to foreign going ships and aircraft, and to foreign railway operators.
  • Zero-rated export related services.
  • Importation of goods.
  • Input tax on imported goods.
  • Imported services.

Admission requirements

Minimum NQF 4, however, NQF 6 with a good understanding of the VAT Act is recommended.


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

R5 950.00 (incl. VAT).

Payment option 2: Debit Order

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

Three installments: R2 200.00 (incl. VAT).
Total: R6 600.00 (incl. VAT).

*The first debit order will be collected at the start of the programme and all recurring debit orders will run on the first of every 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 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 cancelled 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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