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The Tax Profession presents an exciting career with many challenges. Internationally, the profession is evolving to play an ever increasing and a critical role in business. In the modern world, the Tax Profession can stand on its own with many dimensions and dynamics. The Tax Profession in private practice makes a contribution to stable and successful businesses. At the same time, governments depend on effective and professional resources within tax administrations, such as tax auditors, to protect the tax base.

Tax touches the life of every business and every citizen, both as contributors to the tax system and recipients or users of public services such as education, health services, unemployment support, infrastructure and protection services. The professional development of both tax practitioners and tax auditors is therefore vital for the future of our country and its economy.
You can be one of the newly qualified Tax Professionals making a great contribution to your employer, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and the country.

Welcome to an exciting journey in the Tax Profession! 

The South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT) is the Assessment Quality Partner (AQP) of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) for the Occupational Certificate Tax Professional; SAQA ID: 93624

This qualification is a structured learning programme that consists of a theoretical and a practical component that leads to a professional qualification that is registered on the National Qualification Framework (NQF).
The Occupational Certificate Tax Professional is a specialised entry into SAIT membership on Advisor Level. The qualification allow candidates automatic entry into SAIT membership, QCTO Tax Professional Certificate (NQF8) and give candidates access to register as Tax Practitioners with SARS. 

The Qualification consists of three components, namely Knowledge, Practical Skills and Workplace Experience, which follows the international trends and broadly conforms to international standards of education for Tax Professionals.
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The Occupational Certificate: Tax Professional Curriculum. Read more
Interested in the Tax Professional Qualification: Please email
Occupational Certificate Tax Professional. Read more

The Tax Professional Qualification consists of a Knowledge Component which is completed through studies at an accredited tertiary institution, Practical Skills Component completed through accredited short courses at tertiary institutions or accredited employer training academies and the Workplace Experience Component completed at an approved workplace experience provider.

As the Assessment Quality Partner (AQP) for the Tax Professional Qualification, SAIT is only responsible for the recommendation of providers for the knowledge and practical skills component. Providers can apply directly to the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) for accreditation as Skills Development Providers. 

Details of Accredited Skills Development Providers. 

Read more to apply as an Accredited Skills Development Provider. 

The following documents are provided for your reference:

1. QCTO Criteria and Guidelines on Accreditation of Skills Development Providers (SDPs)

SAIT is responsible for the approval and accreditation of employers that provide the workplace experience components of the Qualification.  Read more to apply as an accredited workplace provider.

Details of Accredited Workplace Providers.

Learners from non-accredited programmes and individuals already in practice can also enter and progress in the learning programme leading to the Qualification. SAIT as the AQP administers the Knowledge Competency Assessment and Practical Skills Competency Assessment that will assess learners against the assessment criteria for these components of the Occupational Qualification: Tax Professional. Candidates can also apply to SAIT to have their previous work experience recognised for entry into the National Qualifying Competency Assessment.

Learners from non-accredited programmes and individuals already in practice are given the opportunity to enter into and progress in the learning programme leading to the Tax Professional Qualification.

Registrations for The Knowledge Competency Assessment November 2016 is open. Read more

Venues for the November 2016 Assessments: Read more.

If you are interested in writing the Knowledge Competency Assessment please email

RPL: Practical Skills Competency Assessment
Learners who complete their Knowledge and Workplace Experience Components with providers that are not accredited can write the Knowledge Competency Assessment which include Knowledge and Practical Skills. Learners can also submit a Portfolio of Evidence (Practical Skills) and Logbook (Workplace Experience) for assessment to obtain access to the National Qualifying Competency Assessment.

The Knowledge Competency Assessments are made available by SAIT Head of Education and Standards, Caretha Laubscher, as part of a learners RPL application for entry into the National Qualifying Competency Assessment. SAIT Assessors are also available per request for assessment of the Portfolio of Evidence and Logbook.  

The Qualification is aimed at new entrants to the labour market, current employees in private tax practices or SARS, who want to obtain a higher qualification and professional status.

The Qualification serves as a learning pathway for learners who have already obtained a first qualification at NQF level 6 or higher in accounting, taxation, law or any other relevant field of study.

To apply as a Tax Professional Learner, kindly e-mail The SAIT Head of Education and Standards, Caretha 


Registration for External Integrated Summative Assessment (EISA) 2016

Registrations for the next External Integrated Summative Assessment (EISA) November 2016 is open.


Application to write the External Integrated Summative Assessment (EISA) can be made to SAIT Head of Education and Standards, Caretha Laubscher, by e-mail,, if all three components of the Qualification have been successfully completed.

Documents Library:

1. Tax Professional Curriculum

2. The EISA Assessment Rules and Regulations

3. SAIT Assessments Policy

  • The following document will provide the detailed procedure to register for the on-line assessment.Read More

All applications must include the following documents:

  • Statement of Results for the Knowledge Component of the Qualification;
  • Statement of Results for the Practical Skills Component of the Qualification; and
  • A Training Record signed by a registered assessor indicating that the learner has met all the requirements of the Workplace Component of the Qualification.

If the required mark to pass is achieved in the External Integrated Summative Assessment (EISA), the Occupational Qualification: Tax Professional will be awarded by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) as the Regulatory Body.

The Qualification will be recognised by SAIT for full membership and professional status. The Qualification leads to the designations General Tax Practitioner (SA) when in practice, or General Tax Professional (SA) when employed by SARS.

QCTO registered qualification information. Read more


For admissions application, kindly contact or +27 (12) 941 0400

For any further information, kindly contact The SAIT Head of Education and Standards, Caretha Laubscher, by e-mail, or +27 (12) 941 0400


Section 240A of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (as amended) requires that all tax practitioners register with a recognized controlling body before 1 July 2013. It is a criminal offense to not register with both a recognized controlling body and SARS.


The Act requires that a minimum academic and practical requirments be set to register with a controlling body. Click here for the minimum requirements of SAIT.

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