Weekly News - Education: 26 April 2013
26 April 2013
Posted by: Author: Ronel de Kock
Source: Ronel de Kock
The development of
the Tax Technician Occupational Qualification to date
The South African Institute of Tax Practitioners (SAIT) held
a scoping meeting on 25 January 2013 for the Tax Technician Occupational
Qualiﬁcation. Fifty people attended the event.
"The need for a lower level qualiﬁcation, probably at the
level of a Tax Technician (NQF level 6), was identiﬁed during the development
process for the NQF level 8 Tax Professional qualiﬁcation. Such a qualiﬁcation
should provide for the training of people who handle standard and relatively
uncomplicated tax matters. The need was also expressed for such a qualiﬁcation
to articulate into the Tax Professional Qualiﬁcation,” SAIT Head of Education Ronel
de Kock explains.
SAIT has offered to fund and to serve as the Development
Quality Partner (DQP) for the Tax Technician Occupation Qualiﬁcation. No
objections were noted, and the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations
(QCTO) conﬁrmed SAIT’s appointment as the DQP.
SAIT was nominated and accepted the nomination by the
Institute of Certiﬁed Bookkeepers (ICB), Southern African Institute for
Business Accountants (SAIBA) and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and
Administrators (ICSA) to fulﬁl the Assessment Quality Partner (AQP) function
for the Tax Technician Occupation Qualiﬁcation. The nomination was supported by
those in attendance.
Fasset stakeholders and SAIT members were invited to
participate in the development of a draft occupational proﬁle on the 21st of
February 2013. The proﬁling meeting sought to deﬁne the proﬁle of the Tax
Technician. The meeting also sought to identify people, who would be able to
deﬁne the speciﬁc output requirements of a Tax Technician, associated learning
design and related assessment speciﬁcations.
After completion of the draft occupational profile, a Project
Plan was devised for the development process of the curriculum document for the
qualiﬁcation. The development process is conducted in consultation with various
stakeholders and workgroups.
The following components were already completed:
- Wednesday 27 March – Knowledge Component development
- Thursday 18 April – Practical Component Development
The next workshop, the Work Experience Development
Component, is scheduled to take place on Thursday the 9th of May at
the Protea Hotel, Midrand.
Once completed, a ﬁnal draft will be submitted for public
comment, where-after the Tax Technician Occupations Qualiﬁcation will be
submitted to the QCTO for approval.
Tax Professional Occupational Qualification Development
The Tax Professional Occupational Qualification is in its
advanced stages. The final Expert Panel Meeting took place on Friday the 19th
of April during which final commentary were submitted. SAIT is in the process
of developing the final guides and tools which will be implemented as soon as
the Tax Professional Occupational Qualification is registered. Various
Universities and Workplace experience providers are in consultation with Ronel de
Kock, SAIT Head of Education regarding the accreditation processes.