Specialist Diploma: Tax Professional (Accelerator Programme)

Date: Jun 28, 2021 - Dec 15, 2022

Application fee: R450.00

Once-off: R29,500.00

Lecturer: Karen van Wyk GTP(SA)

This bridging programme for experienced tax practitioners provides participants with the advanced skill to practice as a tax consultant and advisor. Successful course participants will be eligible to apply for membership of the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT) and the designation Tax Advisor (SA).

Course overview

Completion of this course, as well as the knowledge, practical skills and workplace experience modules, provides entry into the final external integrated summative assessment (EISA) which is administered by the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT) and the Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO) at an additional fee.

On successful completion of the EISA, you will receive the Tax Professional Occupational Qualification from QCTO. Successful learners will be eligible to maintain/apply for membership of SAIT and the designation Tax Advisor (SA).See what our industry experts have to say about the real-world applications covered in this course – click here.

For more information on your road to the SAIT EISA board exam (how to qualify, the next steps in your learning journey and our role as your skills development partner), click here.

This course is for you if:

-     You want to secure your professional tax qualification and register as a Tax Advisor (SA).
-     You want to establish your own tax consulting and advisory practice.
-     You want to apply for promotion.
-     You have experience in tax, but need a tax qualification to advance your career and earn you the recognition that you deserve.
-     You want to advance your tax knowledge.

Minimum admission requirements

Applicants must have one of the following qualifications:

-     BCom or LLB with a minimum of two tax modules.
-     Occupational Certificate: Tax Technician.
-     ACCA professional qualification.
-     CIMA professional qualification.

In addition, applicants must have at least three years of work experience in accounting, bookkeeping and/or tax. Applicants with a NQF 6 but with experience in tax at a senior consultant level will be considered. Honours in taxation stduents with limited experience could also be considered.

What will be covered?

The Tax Faculty recognises that learning is achieved through past experience and therefore the learning journey will begin with a diagnostic from which tailored learning journeys are implemented, giving you the best opportunity to gain your qualification without having to start from scratch.

By the end of the qualification you will be able to perform the following at an advanced level: 

-    Finalising income tax, payroll and VAT returns.
-    Reviewing or auditing tax balances.
-    Mediating tax disputes.
-    Writing tax opinions.

Mode of delivery

The course is delivered via The Tax Faculty's virtual campus and webinar platforms whilst the final exam is administered by the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners (SAIT) at an additional fee.

Course duration

18 months.
Semester 1: Taxation of Individuals (6 months).
Semester 2: Taxation of Corporates (6 months).
Semester 3: Auxiliary topics and EISA preparation (6 months).


The qualification is registered at a level 8 on the National Qualification Framework (NQF) via the Occupational Council for Trade Occupations (QCTO) as follows:
  • Occupational Specialist Diploma: Tax Professional at NQF Level 8: SAQA ID 93624.
The Tax Faculty is a registered skills development provider under the Skills Development Act, 1998 (Act No 97 of 1998) on this qualification. Accreditation number QCTOSDP00180420.

Assessment and award of certificate

The final qualification is awarded by QCTO after successful completion of the external integrated summative assessment (EISA) is conducted by the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT) as the Assessment Quality Partner of the QCTO.

In order to gain entry into the EISA, learners need to successfully complete a number of formative and summative assessments conducted via The Tax Faculty (provided that the workplace requirements have also been met). These lead to a statement of results from The Tax Faculty and a partial completion certificate issued by The Tax Faculty (NPC).

Candidates who complete the EISA successfully will be eligible to apply for membership of the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT) and the designation Tax Advisor (SA).

Course fees

Payment option 1: Once-off payment 

Once-off payment: R29 500.00.

Payment option 2: Debit order

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

12 instalments: R2 827.00 per month.
Total: R33 924.00.

* 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 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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